Hearing News Watch

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
Apr. 02, 2013

William Demant, Oticon’s owner, adds cochlear implants to its portfolio

David Kirkwood
Revised April 4, 2013 COPENHAGEN—William Demant Holding, parent company of Oticon, announced today that it has signed an agreement to take over 100% of Neurelec SA, a French man
ufacturer of cochlear implants, at a cost of 57.5 million Euros, or about $74 million U.S. With the acquisition, Demant has joined its archrival, Sonova, as being the only hearing aid companies
Apr. 02, 2013

Jacob’s Ride to raises awareness of hearing loss and $1 million to help those who have it

David Kirkwood
WASHINGTON, DC—For a baseball fan like Jacob Landis, opening week of the season is always a big deal. But this year will be extra-special, as the 24-year-old pizza baker from Annapolis, MD, will be part of the action. Starting tomorrow, April 3, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Landis will set off on a nearly 6-month, 10,000-mile bicycle odyssey that
Apr. 01, 2013

Phonak awards $25,000 to winner of its Healthy Hearing contest

David Kirkwood
  SEATTLE—Two people who have overcome hearing loss have been brought together by their commitment to helping others to do the same. One of these is Paige Stringer, founder and executive director of the Seattle-based Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss. She was announced last week as winner of the Phonak Healthy Hearing Contest. Born profoundly hard of hearing, Stringer
Mar. 27, 2013

American Academy of Audiology prepares to hold its 25th Annual Convention

David Kirkwood
ANAHEIM, CA—Many thousands of audiologists, audiology students, and exhibitors will congregate here next week in this Orange County city best known as the home of Disneyland. It’s not Mickey Mouse or Frontierland that is drawing them, but rather AudiologyNOW! 2013, which is also the American Academy of Audiology’s 25th Annual Convention. Every year, AudiologyNOW! is the world’s largest gathering of
Mar. 26, 2013

After a long wait, 3D ear scanning technology wins FDA approval

David Kirkwood
CAMBRIDGE, MA—About a year ago, Lantos Technologies Inc. of Cambridge crossed the Charles River to introduce its much-heralded 3D Intra-Aural Digital Scanner at the Hearing Solutions exhibition of the American Academy of Audiology Convention in Boston. The company said that its scanner used patented dual-wavelength algorithm technology that provided “the first platform capable of measuring direct ear scans as well
Mar. 20, 2013

IHS says hearing aid specialists are “fit to serve” nation’s veterans

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC–Contending that the increasing number of U.S. veterans with hearing problems has outstripped the ability of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to meet their needs effectively, the International Hearing society (IHS) has launched a campaign to make hearing aid specialists eligible to provide to veterans with hearing evaluations and hearing aid services. Under current
Mar. 17, 2013

Utah program would pay for kids’ hearing aids

David Kirkwood
SALT LAKE CITY—The Utah Legislature stands on the verge of making hearing aids available free to low-income children in that state who do not qualify for Medicaid or for the Utah Children’s Health Insurance Program. On March 13, the Senate voted unanimously to establish an advisory committee in the Utah Department of Health that would be responsible for screening individuals