Hearing News Watch

Sep. 18, 2013

Hearing by design: A report on new ways to build outer ears for people without them

David Kirkwood
By Tom Parker Most people are used to seeing someone wearing custom earplugs or hearing aids, but only rarely do you see someone with no ears at all. This condition can be the result of an accident, but just as often people are born without outer ears, i.e., the exterior part of the ear known as the pinna. Apart from
Sep. 11, 2013

Married people find it easier to hear—and hear over—their spouse’s voice

David Kirkwood
  KINGSTON, ONTARIO–A research study published online August 28 in Psychological Science reports that middle-aged and older married couples find the familiar voice of their spouse easier to hear and understand in a background of speech than other, less familiar voices. The voice that a husband or wife has heard regularly for many years stands out relatively clearly against other voices
Sep. 08, 2013

When Viking stars score, the Hearing Foundation wins

David Kirkwood
MINNEAPOLIS—If Adrian Peterson, the National Football League’s top running back, scores the 77th touchdown of his career this Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings’ opening game against the Detroit Lions, his team will make a $500 donation to the Starkey Hearing Foundation.  The same is true if Minnesota’s All-Pro wide receiver Greg Jennings adds to his total of 53 touchdowns. Throughout
Sep. 04, 2013

New film will help Alliance increase awareness and use of cochlear implants

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood McLEAN, VA–Only about 6% of the children and adults in the United States who are good candidates for cochlear implants have them, says Donna Sorkin. That’s why the American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACI Alliance), where Sorkin is the executive director, is stepping up its efforts to increase awareness of and access to cochlear implants. The membership
Sep. 01, 2013

New editor joins HearingHealthMatters.org

David Kirkwood
TUCSON, AZ—Kevin Liebe, AuD, has joined the line-up of well-known editors at The Blogs @ Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM). Effective this week, Dr. Liebe has taken over the editorship of Hearing Views, where every week he and guest contributors will share their opinions and perspectives on a wide range of subjects related to hearing. Liebe, a fulltime clinical
Aug. 31, 2013

Loop advocate wins ASHS alumni award

David Kirkwood
MESA, AZ—Juliëtte Sterkens, AuD, a Wisconsin audiologist and a leading advocate for the use of hearing loops, has been selected as Humanitarian of the Year by the Alumni Chapter of A.T. Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences. Sterkens received her doctorate of audiology from ASHS. Earlier this year, the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) named Sterkens as its new
Aug. 28, 2013

Finally, Ireland will graduate its first audiologists—and maybe its last

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood ATHLONE, IRELAND–The Irish people have long been renowned for having “the gift of gab,” the ability to speak with ease, at length, and in a most expressive and entertaining manner. It’s ironic then, that in a land where people speak so well, there seems to be so little concern about citizens’ ability to hear what their
Aug. 24, 2013

$72,000 settlement ends suit for damages from police noise-making device

David Kirkwood
PITTSBURGH—As Hearing News Watch readers with exceptionally long memories may recall, nearly two years ago this blog reported on a lawsuit brought against the City of Pittsburgh. The plaintiff, Karen Piper, who was a visiting professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, claimed that she had suffered permanent hearing loss in September 2009 when Pittsburgh police used a Long Range Acoustic
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Aug. 21, 2013

Texas dispensers sue Wal-Mart; say its unlicensed sale of hearing aids is illegal

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood MARSHALL, TX–The Texas Hearing Aid Association (THAA) has brought a federal class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., charging that the world’s largest retailer is selling hearing aids in Texas without the state-mandated license. The plaintiffs, who filed suit last month in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall, are asking the court
Aug. 20, 2013

Tinnitus Association names executive director

David Kirkwood
PORTLAND, OR—The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) has appointed Cara James to be its new executive director and lead its mission to find a cure for tinnitus. Before joining ATA, James was founder and executive director of Bola Moyo, an international non-profit organization in Malawi dedicated to improving the health and lives of youth in Africa. She was also a delegate