Hearing News Watch

May. 01, 2013

Supreme Court won’t review $31 million award against Demant and Widex in patent case

David Kirkwood
WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Supreme Court announced on April 22 that it would not hear an appeal of a Federal District Court verdict against the Danish hearing aid manufacturers William Demant Holding A/S and Widex A/S in a patent case brought by Energy Transportation Group. The high court’s decision leaves standing a jury’s $31 million verdict against Demant (which owns Oticon) and
Apr. 30, 2013

Advocacy groups rally behind disputed deaf-friendly housing project in Arizona

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood The National Association of the Deaf, joined by more than 75 other national and state advocacy groups for people with hearing loss, wrote last week to Shaun Donovan
, secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
 (HUD), urging that “quotas” not be imposed on the number of people with hearing loss who can live in
Apr. 24, 2013

Jury awards $7.2 million in case of a girl harmed by a defective cochlear implant

David Kirkwood
LOUISVILLE, KY—A jury here awarded $7.24 million to a family from Vine Grove, KY, after concluding that Advanced Bionics, a cochlear implant manufacturer, had knowingly sold a defective device that caused severe harm to 6-year-old Breanna Sadler. In their verdict, reached on April 17 in federal court in Louisville, the jury awarded the Sadlers $6.25 million in punitive damages and
Apr. 24, 2013

Bombs at Boston Marathon expected to take a heavy toll on victims’ hearing

David Kirkwood
BOSTON—Everyone knows about the tragic loss of life caused by the two bombs that exploded last week near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. The grievous injuries to scores of spectators, which cost many of them their legs, have also been widely reported. However, it is almost certain that the explosions and the shock waves and noise they
Apr. 17, 2013

Feds steps up enforcement of the ADA to protect rights of people with hearing loss

David Kirkwood
WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) has reached settlements with eight health care facilities around the country that it found to be in violation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for communicating with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Most of the cases stemmed from the reported failure of the eight hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes,
Apr. 15, 2013

Three best ideas to raise awareness of hearing loss are honored

David Kirkwood
ANAHEIM, CA–An international public art initiative, a “Three Wise Monkeys” campaign to encourage regular hearing health checks, and a pocket-sized electronic hearing testing device captured top honors in the Ida Institute’s competition, Ideas, Speak up – Action and Awareness for Hearing Loss. The winning entries were celebrated at a reception held here April 3 at the start of the American
Apr. 10, 2013

Dispenser who developed HearPod hearing aids sues Apple for trademark violation

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood HONOLULU–In a match-up that might seem like David v. Goliath (or possibly Betts v. Bieber), a small company in Honolulu is taking on Apple, Inc., the world’s second largest information technology company with annual revenues of over $150 billion. In the suit, filed March 28 in Hawaii District Court in Honolulu, Randolph Divisions and its subsidiary HearPod,
Apr. 09, 2013

New hearing aid tax credit bill would benefit people of any age

David Kirkwood
WASHINGTON, DC—Lead sponsors Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) were joined by eight co-sponsors in reintroducing Hearing Aid Tax Credit legislation into the Congress on March 21. These and other sponsors will work to ensure that the measure is considered during the 113th Congress, one in which major federal tax reform is likely. This year’s bill, HR
Apr. 08, 2013

Contest for AuD students will award a $5000 grand prize for best business plan

David Kirkwood
LEXINGTON, KY—Audiology students who have an entrepreneurial flair are invited to enter the inaugural Student Business Plan Competition. The competition was organized by the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) and its Virtual Student Chapter, with financial support from the EarQ Group. The contest is open to student members of ADA who will be in their third or fourth year
Apr. 08, 2013

Dybala named president of HealthyHearing.com

David Kirkwood
LOS ANGELES–Paul Dybala, PhD, a pioneer in making the Internet a useful tool for audiologists and for persons with hearing loss, has been appointed president  of HealthyHearing.com, an online provider of information on hearing loss and hearing care in the U.S. Dybala will be in charge of the overall strategic vision and focus of the web site. Dybala will remain