Hearing News Watch

Jul. 31, 2013

100th birthday gala for Marion Downs will feature vocals by Donny Osmond

David Kirkwood
Marion Downs has always been ahead of her time. Sixty years ago, as a junior faculty member in audiology at the University of Denver, she was fitting hearing aids on six-month-olds, something that virtually no one else believed could be done. In 1963, Dr. Downs opened the nation’s first universal infant hearing screening program in Denver, which inspired the movement
Jul. 29, 2013

Danish hearing aid companies gain value

David Kirkwood
COPENHAGEN—Investors were bullish today (July 29) on Denmark’s two major publicly owned hearing care technology companies. The price of shares in GN Store Nord, owner of GN ReSound, rose by about 6% in early trading on the Nasdaq OMX Copenhagen 20 Index (KFX), reaching 114.00 Danish kroner ($20.28), compared to Friday’s closing price of 107.50 kr. The sharp gain followed
Jul. 22, 2013

Study finds that excessive headphone use can make young adults hear like their elders

David Kirkwood
NEW YORK—There have been many warnings and anecdotal reports recently about the damage that listening to headphones can inflict on the human auditory system. Now, there are some hard data from America’s largest city showing that the warnings are justified. According to Hearing Problems and Headphone Use in New York City, a document released July 11 by the New York
Jul. 19, 2013

Hearing loss from IEDs may be treatable someday, Stanford researchers suggest

David Kirkwood
STANFORD, CA—Research by scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine has raised hopes that apparently permanent hearing loss resulting from loud explosions may be reversible in the future. If their initial findings are confirmed, soldiers exposed to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and others who suffer damage from sources such as jet engines, car air bags, and gunfire may regain some
Jul. 17, 2013

Costco says its hearing aid business is growing fast

David Kirkwood
ISSAQUAH, WA–While it may not bring joy to its competitors’ hearts, Costco reports that its hearing aid business is growing fast. Interviewed for an online article published in Bloomberg Business Week on July 11, Richard Chavez, a senior VP at Costco, said that over the past four years its hearing aid sales have grown by an average of 26% a year
Jul. 15, 2013

New web site on tinnitus

David Kirkwood
NEW YORK–The Hearing Health Foundation has launched a web site focusing on tinnitus. There, people who have the condition as well as healthcare professionals can learn more about tinnitus, which chronically affects 5% to 10% of the U.S. adult population. The site discusses the causes of tinnitus and explains the various treatments available to people who suffer from its often-tormenting
Jul. 13, 2013

Former President Bush goes on Starkey Foundation mission in Tanzania

David Kirkwood
MINNEAPOLIS—Former President George W. Bush recently joined the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s global effort to provide hearing care to people in need. Earlier this month, he personally worked with foundation professionals in providing customized hearing devices to 222 people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The foundation was started more than 20 years ago by William Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Technologies.
Jul. 09, 2013

Bone-conduction system makes people hear—willingly or not

David Kirkwood
    CANNES, FRANCE–Bone-conduction devices are most often used to help people who want to hear better but aren’t good candidates for conventional air-conduction hearing aids. This technology, which has been around since the 1970s, is frequently prescribed to people with conductive or unilateral hearing loss or who have abnormalities of the outer ear that prevent them from wearing in-the-ear
Jul. 05, 2013

New Zealand cricket great asks leaders to experience deafness

David Kirkwood
AUCKLAND, NZ–Here’s a novel idea from Down Under. Lance Cairns, a legendary figure in cricket from New Zealand, is asking corporate and community leaders in his country to go deaf for a few hours. The idea, says Cairns, is that if people get a better understanding of what it’s like to have a hearing loss, they may be more motivated
Jul. 03, 2013

Phonak honors educational audiologist

David Kirkwood
WARRENVILLE, IL–Erin C. Schafer, PhD, a leading expert on the use of FM systems, is the 2013 recipient of Phonak LLC’s Cheryl DeConde Johnson Award for outstanding achievement in educational and pediatric audiology. Schafer is an associate professor in speech and hearing sciences at the University of North Texas. This annual award honors an audiologist working in a school program