Hearing News Watch

Sep. 20, 2011

It’s official: Siemens takes over HearUSA

David Kirkwood
WEST PALM BEACH, FL—The sale of HearUSA’s assets to Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc., was completed on September 9. As reported in this blog on August 2, Siemens outbid William Demant, parent company of Oticon, for HearUSA, in an auction held after that company filed for bankruptcy last spring. To acquire the national network of hearing care practices, Siemens paid approximately
Sep. 19, 2011

Under its new name, Hearing Health Foundation seeks to restore hearing

David Kirkwood
NEW YORK—The board of the Deafness Research Foundation announced September 14 that the organization has changed its name, effective immediately, to the Hearing Health Foundation (HHF). To signal the 53-year-old foundation’s unwavering dedication to hearing research, it unveiled a groundbreaking research consortium, the Hearing Restoration Project Clifford P. Tallman Jr., chair of the HHF board, said, “This is an exciting day
Sep. 19, 2011

Students win scholarships from Starkey

David Kirkwood
MINNEAPOLIS—Five outstanding future audiologists have been named William F. Austin Scholarship winners, and 10 others were honored as Outstanding Student Clinician. The Austin Scholars, who were selected from nearly 140 applicants, will receive up to $10,000 from Starkey Laboratories, Inc., to pursue their studies. The scholarships are named for the founder and principal owner of Starkey, the largest U.S. manufacturer
Sep. 14, 2011

Research probes tinnitus causes and cures

David Kirkwood
BERKELEY, CA—Tinnitus has long been among the most common, troublesome, mysterious, and intractable conditions related to hearing. While many cases are mild, tinnitus can cause constant torment, sleeplessness, and desperation that may even lead to thought of suicide. Adding to the frustration over tinnitus is that neither the causes nor the best treatments for the condition are clear. While many
Sep. 14, 2011

Oticon Awards honor people for defying stigma of hearing loss

David Kirkwood
Recipients of top honors in the Focus on People Awards program joined Peer Lauritsen, center, president of Oticon, Inc., at the awards presentation. They are, from left, Donald Sims, Jennifer Alberstadt, Sarah Wegley, and Dylan Dunlap. LOS ANGELES—A dozen Americans whose accomplishments have proven that hearing loss need not limit one’s dreams and aspirations were honored here September 12 as
Sep. 12, 2011

Cochlear recalling unimplanted Nucleus CI500 devices because of failure risk

David Kirkwood
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–Cochlear Limited, the world’s dominant manufacturer of cochlear implants, announced today (September 12) that it is voluntarily recalling unimplanted devices in the Nucleus CI500 range after learning of an increased incidence of failures in its Nucleus CI512 implants. According to the Australian-based company, fewer than 1% of the CI512s implanted since the product’s introduction in 2009 have failed. However,
Sep. 09, 2011

Bill Clinton to kick off Hearing Innovation Expo

David Kirkwood
LAS VEGAS—Former President Bill Clinton will be a keynote speaker at Hearing Innovation Expo 2012, being held here January 4-7 at the Cosmopolitan. Organized by Starkey Laboratories, the largest American hearing aid manufacturer, the unprecedented event is expected to draw 3000 attendees from the hearing care industry. Clinton, who is founding chairman of the Clinton Global Initiative, was a featured
Sep. 09, 2011

Audiologist donates hearing aids to first responders on 9/11

David Kirkwood
NEW YORK—This week, as New York City and the rest of the nation are commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11, a Manhattan audiologist is doing his part to pay tribute to the thousands of first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero. Dominick Servedio, AuD, is partnering with the hearing aid manufacturer Unitron, and the Feal Good Foundation to
Sep. 06, 2011

Hearing aids don’t work? That’s a myth, survey of hearing aid wearers finds

David Kirkwood
WASHINGTON, DC–According to a nationwide survey, 59% of the people with hearing loss who have chosen not to purchase hearing aids say they have made that decision because, in their opinion, hearing aids don’t work. However, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) has recently released data from a national survey of more than 2000 hearing aid wearers, demonstrating that in the
Sep. 06, 2011

Web site for persons with hearing loss gets a makeover

David Kirkwood
BETHESDA, MD—The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has revised www.hearingloss.org, its web site, which offers authoritative information for 36 million Americans with hearing loss. The HLAA site underwent a major redesign that makes it more intuitive, provides better navigation, and makes it easier to find specific content in the vast collection of hearing loss resources available to visitors. Brenda