Hearing News Watch

Sep. 17, 2012

New hearing aid designs for those who believe, “If you’ve got ’em, flaunt ’em”

David Kirkwood
MUNICH, GERMANY/BOULDER, CO–Ever since wearable hearing aids were introduced 70 years or so ago, they have been marketed as “discreet,” the “smallest ever,” and, more recently, “invisible in the ear.” That’s because consumers don’t want others to know they’re wearing hearing aids—or so manufacturers and dispensers believe. Of course, that’s not true of everyone with hearing loss. Kids have been
Sep. 12, 2012

Chairman of “Big Six” hearing research consortium discusses its goals

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood LAKE TAHOE, CA—In an unprecedented development in the hearing industry, the world’s six largest manufacturers of hearing aids have joined together to establish the Hearing Industry Research Consortium (IRC). GN ReSound, Oticon, Phonak, Siemens Hearing Solutions, Starkey Hearing Technologies, and Widex formed the consortium to develop and direct a non-competitive, mutually agreed upon research agenda for
Sep. 11, 2012

AAA will celebrate its 25th anniversary in new digs

David Kirkwood
RESTON, VA—The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) will be moving into new and larger offices this fall. After a decade in its present location at 11730 Plaza America Drive in Reston, VA, the organization will open its new headquarters about two miles away at 11480 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 220, also in Reston. This will be the sixth home for
Sep. 05, 2012

United Health extends its direct-to-consumer hearing aid offer to a larger market

David Kirkwood
MINNETONKA, MN– UnitedHealth Group Inc. announced last week that its direct-to-consumer offering of less expensive hearing aids has been extended to 26 million people covered by employer-sponsored and individual health insurance plans through UnitedHealthcare. The original program, unveiled 11 months ago, made the discounted hearing aids available only to people in Medicare-based plans. The hearing aids, which are priced as
Aug. 30, 2012

NBC’s celebrity reporter shines a spotlight on the Starkey Hearing Foundation

David Kirkwood
KAMPALA, UGANDA–The work of the Starkey Hearing Foundation received nationwide attention Monday evening, August 27, when a story about a mission to Uganda was featured on the NBC News. What made NBC pick the topic? Well, it probably didn’t hurt that the special correspondent who reported the story was Chelsea Clinton. And, as it happens, her father, Bill, has been
Aug. 29, 2012

Nation’s newest school of audiology set to open in Oregon with a class of 23

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood HILLSBORO, OR—The first new university audiology program in the United States in more than a decade will open its doors next week at Pacific University. The Pacific School of Audiology, located on its Hillsboro campus, will be the only one in Oregon and one of only three programs on the West Coast that offer the doctor
Aug. 29, 2012

Salus introduces an international online AuD program

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood ELKINS PARK PA—While Pacific University is about to launch an entirely new AuD program in Oregon (see the preceding post on Hearing News Watch), the Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University has resumed its distance-education activities and started an “international AuD-Bridge degree program” that will enable master’s degree audiologists and audiology physicians to obtain a
Aug. 27, 2012

New free eGuide advises consumers on protecting their hearing from noise

David Kirkwood
WASHINGTON, DC–The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) has published a free online eGuide to help address the escalating problem of hearing loss. The new 12-page e-guide, which debuted on August 23, explains to consumers how noise contributes to hearing loss and tinnitus and how to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Individuals and employers are invited to download copies of Your Guide to Prevention
Aug. 25, 2012

Hearing aid battery maker ups investment in R&D, manufacturing

David Kirkwood
MADISON, WI—Rayovac, the world’s largest manufacturer of hearing aid batteries, will invest millions of additional dollars in research and development and to expand its manufacturing plants, its parent company, Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., announced on August 23. According to Spectrum Brands, the additional investment will support product enhancements and new cell manufacturing and packaging lines, and will ensure that Rayovac’s
Aug. 24, 2012

DiSarno takes over as ASHA’s chief staff officer for audiology

David Kirkwood
ROCKVILLE, MD–Neil J. DiSarno, PhD, CCC-A, began work this week as chief staff officer for audiology at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the organization announced on August 20. DiSarno, who for the past 14 years chaired the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State University, succeeds Vic Gladstone, PhD, who retired in April after more than 15 years in