Hearing News Watch

Dec. 17, 2013

Study: Formula 1 fans get a huge overdose of noise unless they wear ear protection

David Kirkwood
SAN FRANCISCO—Formula 1 Grand Prix racing has got a whole lot safer over the past 25 years or so—at least for the drivers. But that’s not the case for the spectators at these noisy events. Unless race-goers wear proper hearing protection, the odds are that their hair cells are dropping like flies with deadly effects on their hearing. How noisy
Dec. 16, 2013

Starkey to hold second Hearing Innovation Expo

David Kirkwood
LAS VEGAS–More than 3000 people from 15 countries will attend the second Hearing Innovation Expo, being held January 15-19 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Sponsored by Starkey Hearing Technologies, the event is designed to “serve as a catalyst for clinicians and business owners to take action and differentiate themselves in a challenging, competitive, and often disruptive market.” The 2014 Expo
Dec. 11, 2013

AAA decides to replace executive director after leading members urge a course correction

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood For the third time in the past 15 years, the American Academy of Audiology is looking for a new executive director, following the departure of Cheryl Kreider Carey after six years in the position and 14 years on the staff of the organization. A news item that AAA posted last week on the public section of its
Dec. 08, 2013

Gallaudet football team doesn’t let deafness get in the way of winning

David Kirkwood
WASHINGTON, DC– Gallaudet University is known for a number of things.  It was founded by Abraham Lincoln in 1864 as the world’s first university for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. In 1988, it was the scene of possibly the most successful student protest uprising ever. When Gallaudet appointed a new president with normal hearing, students and some sympathetic
Dec. 04, 2013

Section from Jerger’s “Audiology in the USA” makes its online debut on this blog

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood No one has done more to advance the field of audiology over the past half century than James Jerger. As a researcher, writer/editor, teacher, and founding president of the American Academy of Audiology, Jerger has played an outsized role in shaping the history of audiology and in preparing the profession to meet the needs of the 21st
Dec. 03, 2013

Online media learn the old news about world’s first made-for-iPhone hearing aid

David Kirkwood
COPENHAGEN–It was all over the web this week and last: GN ReSound will be introducing the world’s first Made for iPhone hearing aid in the first quarter of 2014. So reported Reuters, followed by PC MAG.com, redorbit.com, news.softepedia.com, appleinsider.com, stockingapple.com, and well over 100 other online news outlets. Certainly this is a big story, but it’s not really news in
Dec. 02, 2013

Employment company puts audiologist near the top of its “best jobs” list

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood CARLSBAD, CA–If you’re an audiologist or planning to become one, you may be happy (or possibly surprised) to hear that your job is the fourth best in the U.S. Who says? Career Cast, an Internet company that helps people find employment opportunities in the industry, function, and location of choice. Why does Career Cast rate audiology
Nov. 27, 2013

Use of electrical stimulation of the vagal nerve shows promise in treating tinnitus

David Kirkwood
ANTWERP, BELGIUM—Vagal nerve stimulation, which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating partial-onset epilepsy and treatment-resistant depression, has shown promise as part of a treatment for alleviating the symptoms of tinnitus. Writing in the November 20 issue of the online journal Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, the researchers report that a study conducted at University
Nov. 25, 2013

Employee accused of stealing $1 million in hearing aids before being laid off

David Kirkwood
PLYMOUTH, MN–When a man who had worked in a Rexton hearing aid manufacturing facility here for 25 years learned that he was going to be laid off in six months, he prepared for unemployment by stealing $1 million worth of hearing aids and related products, such as remote controls and battery chargers. So says the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, which
Nov. 22, 2013

ADA honors Northern Illinois students for writing the best audiology practice plan

David Kirkwood
Pictured from left are Brian Urban, president of ADA; competition winners Rachel Magann Faivre and Liz Tusler; and Ed Keller, president of EarQ.   BONITA SPRINGS, FL–It’s not just its undefeated and top 20 ranked football team that is bringing glory to Northern Illinois University these days. A team of two AuD candidates at the Dekalb, IL, university, took home