Hearing News Watch

Oct. 15, 2012

Employees raise funds for kids’ hearing aids

David Kirkwood
WICHITA, KS—Employees at Spirit AeroSystems have raised $50,000 for the Hearing Aid Fund of the Children Miracle Network Hospitals. The money, which was raised through the Good Neighbor Fund, will go toward hearing aids for children whose families are otherwise unable to pay for them. The Good Neighbor Fund is an employee-run, non-profit program organized by Spirit employees to make
Oct. 14, 2012

Deafness can’t deter couple from achieving a lifelong dream

David Kirkwood
SAN FRANCISCO—Readers of this blog who live or visit San Francisco might want to check out Mozzeria, an unusual pizza and pasta restaurant in the Mission District. What’s unusual about it? Well, for one thing, along with pizza Margherita and pomodoro, there’s also a roast duck pizza with hoisin sauce. And the pasta dishes include both tagliatelle and Japanese pumpkin
Oct. 10, 2012

Professional groups ask FDA to stop sale of hearing aids disguised as personal amplifiers

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC–Three national associations of hearing care professionals have added their voices to that of the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) in calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action to curb the sale of hearing aids under the guise of personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). Although the manufacture, marketing, and sale of hearing
Oct. 10, 2012

Study finds that those who hear a sound start often miss its cessation

David Kirkwood
If you detect a sound when it starts, does that mean you’ll also notice when it stops? Not necessarily, a recent research study finds. And, as a leader of the investigation pointed out, failing to detect the cessation of a sound can be dangerous In a study, entitled “Detection of Appearing and Disappearing Objects in Complex Acoustic Scenes” that was
Oct. 03, 2012

FDA okays hearing aid with technology designed to reverse sensorineural hearing loss

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood  LOS ANGELES–Last month, The Good Ear introduced the Better Hearing iPhone app. The app, which costs $4.99, contains Threshold Sound Conditioning (TSC), a proprietary technology that the company says can actually reverse users’ hearing loss. (For more, see my earlier post on Hearing News Watch.) Just a few weeks later, the Los Angeles-based company announced that
Oct. 03, 2012

International Hearing Society members enjoy a memorable meeting in the desert

David Kirkwood
GLENDALE, AZ—The 61st annual International Hearing Society Convention & Expo drew an unusually large and enthusiastic turnout to the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. Some 500 IHS members were in attendance, along with a great many exhibitors and guests. Among the highlights of the meeting, held September 19-22, was a Manufacturers’ Forum, which filled the large general session room. The
Sep. 28, 2012

Texas court upholds hard-of-hearing prisoners’ right to telecommunications access

David Kirkwood
Fred Cohen, Hearinghealthmatters.org’s expert on the nexus between hearing and the law, contributed the following post to Hearing News Watch.   By Fred Cohen AUSTIN, TX–A Texas state trial court has issued an order requiring Texas prison authorities to provide telecommunications to hearing-impaired prisoners using the Texas prison telephonic system The order requires the prison system to immediately make services
Sep. 25, 2012

BHI: People with cardiovascular disease should check their hearing

David Kirkwood
WASHINGTON, DC—There is mounting evidence that cardiovascular problems are often associated with hearing loss. That’s why the Better Hearing Institute (BHI)  is urging people with cardiovascular disease to get their hearing checked. Likewise, the institute is also advising people with hearing loss to pay close attention to their cardiovascular health. BHI’s efforts are in observance of World Heart Day, coming
Sep. 25, 2012

Registration opens for Hearing Innovation Expo 2014

David Kirkwood
MINNEAPOLIS—Response to this year’s Hearing Innovation Expo was so enthusiastic, said Starkey Hearing Technologies, that it will sponsor another one in January 2014. Starkey, the largest U.S.-based hearing aid manufacturer, opened registration last week for Hearing Innovation Expo 2014, which will take place January 15-19, 2014, at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The event will be limited to 3000 independent hearing
Sep. 19, 2012

New iPhone app is said to improve users’ hearing through targeted sound exposure

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood LOS ANGELES–If you are among those who rushed out this month to get the new iPhone 5, the Apple App Store offers you more than 450,000 different apps to choose from in deciding which ones to download onto your iPhone.  One of the newest—and most unusual—is the Better Hearing app, which, according to The Good Ear