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American Academy of Audiology Issues Dithering Response to Direct Access Bill

After what was, by several accounts, a contentious membership meeting to discuss the Audiology Patient Choice Act, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) issued the following statement:   The Academy strongly supports streamlining access to audiology services and being recognized and reimbursed for performing our full scope of practice under the Medicare program and across…

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Giant Retailers are Teaming Up to Change Medical Care, Will Hearing Healthcare Have a Similar Fate?

As Costco continues to gain market share in the hearing aid private market, CVS Health and Lucid Hearing are expanding their presence by opening more retail locations. In addition to this nationwide growth of corporate retail hearing aid centers, Walgreens is testing the waters with a Starkey partnership, and Sivantos announced last week the acquisition…

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USC Scientists Develop Method to Repair Damage to Cochlea

Recent research indicates hearing loss is expected to nearly double in 40 years. This figure includes individuals who suffer from the condition of “hidden hearing loss,” which is generally defined to be damage to the inner ear that leads to difficulty hearing soft voices in the presence of background noise, but an audiogram within the…

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Abortion Drug Holds Promise as Treatment for Acoustic Tumors

The Boston Business Journal reported this week that Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers plan to launch trials of a drug commonly used to induce chemical abortion, called mifepristone, to treat vestibular schwannoma. Vestibular schwannoma, a rare tumor, usually causes unilateral hearing loss and tinnitus, but can also cause dizziness and facial nerve paralysis. Because of…

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Sivantos USA Acquires TruHearing

In what is categorized as a partnership, a press release issued by Sivantos USA, announced it plans to acquire TruHearing, a third-party hearing aid contractor. The press release was issued on April 5. The transaction is subject to standard regulatory approvals and financial details will remain confidential. According to the press release “Sivantos’ partnership with…

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The Future is Now: A Conversation about Self-Fitting Hearing Aids with Elaine Saunders

In the hearing healthcare field, there is a lot of talk about disruptive innovation, but very few individuals have put disruption into practice. One such person is Elaine Saunders, a renowned hearing scientist, award winning entrepreneur and founder of Blamey Saunders Hears, an Australian company that manufacturers hearing aids sold on-line, directly to consumers Brian…

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Study Shows Link between Hearing Loss and Longer Sleep Duration

A recent study suggests there may be a link between hearing loss and sleeping more than 8 hours per day. Using a questionnaire, researchers investigated the association between subclinical sensorineural hearing loss and self-reported restorative sleep. The study, published on March 27 in the open access BMC Journal, gathered data from 33,888 Japanese, aged 40–69…

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Etymotic Research Partnering with Lucid Hearing

Etymotic Research, an audio company with a long and storied history in the hearing healthcare industry, announced this week that they are joining forces with Lucid Hearing. Lucid Hearing operates 500-plus Hearing Solution Centers throughout the United States, including many within Sam’s Club. Lucid Hearing Centers offer hearing instruments, hearing protection products and consumer earphones.…

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Legislation Introduced to Improve Access to Hearing Health Care Services

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today introduced the Audiology Patient Choice Act, a bipartisan bill that ensures seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare have access to a full range of hearing and balance health care services provided by licensed audiologists. A June 2016 report by the…

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