Hearing News Watch

Nov. 07, 2011

Oticon Medical device honored for design

David Kirkwood
HANNOVER, GERMANY–An international panel of judges has selected Oticon Medical’s Ponto Pro Power to receive a 2012 iF Product Design Award. Founded in 1953, the iF International Forum Design Awards program recognizes innovative product design. A jury of designers and entrepreneurs selected the 2012 recipients from among entries originating from more than 48 countries. The Ponto Pro Power, a digital
Nov. 02, 2011

Hot off the ‘net: ADA joins in the fight

David Kirkwood
LEXINGTON, KY–Hours after Hearing News Watch posted its article on growing opposition to United Healthcare’s business model, Stephanie Czuhajewski, executive director of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, e-mailed a letter to its members. Excerpts follow: ADA Members, We wanted to provide you with an update regarding ADA’s plan of action to address member concerns regarding the October 3rd United
Nov. 01, 2011

Government, professional groups raise concerns about Internet hearing aid sales

David Kirkwood
Opposition is continuing to build to the sale of hearing aids directly to consumers via the Internet, which would bypass the role of the licensed hearing care professional. Two companies—hi HealthInnovations, part of UnitedHealth Group, and Audiotoniq—have announced plans to distribute hearing aids this way. Their products will be priced at under $1000, much less than the average price of
Oct. 31, 2011

ASHA will award prizes to youngsters for best hearing protection audios or videos

David Kirkwood
ROCKVILLE, MD—Kids will be featured nationwide in a video on YouTube if they are among the winners in a contest aimed at getting young people involved in preventing hearing loss. Sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the contest invites youngsters from 8 to 18 years of age to produce a 30- or 60-second audio or video PSA (public service
Oct. 26, 2011

New York Times article spreads the word on the wonders of hearing loops

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood For a decade or so, a growing band of advocates has been moving, slowly but steadily, toward its goal of “looping America.” Their vision is to have induction loops installed in public venues all over the country, so that people who use telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants will be able to hear and communicate effectively
Oct. 26, 2011

100-year-old driver blames his hearing aid for his accident

David Kirkwood
“I can hear my wife speaking, but I can’t understand the words.” “All it does is make the background noise louder.” “It’s too big.” “It uses too many batteries.” “It makes me look old.” All these are common complaints by consumers about their hearing aids. But a 100-year-old Swedish man came up with a new one over the weekend: He
Oct. 18, 2011

Edgar Villchur, audio inventor who changed the hearing care field, dies at 94

David Kirkwood
WOODSTOCK, NY–Edgar Villchur, a renowned inventor whose wide-ranging work included breakthroughs in hearing aid technology, died at his home here on Monday, October 17, at the age of 94. Villchur, who was also a prominent educator, writer, and philanthropist, revolutionized the field of high-fidelity equipment with his 1954 invention of the acoustic suspension loudspeaker. This loudspeaker provided better bass response
Oct. 18, 2011

In a slow economy, hearing aid sales growth is also slow

David Kirkwood
For the second quarter in a row, the number of hearing aids sold by manufacturers in the U.S. from July through September increased by less than 1% compared to the same period of 2010. Given the weak economy and some economists’ fears that it may slide back into recession, the overall 2.3% growth in sales for the year to date
Oct. 18, 2011

Envoy CEO discusses the world’s most famous Esteem device patient

David Kirkwood
MINNEAPOLIS—A dramatic YouTube video showing a young woman’s emotional response to hearing with her newly activated middle ear implant has now been viewed 8 million times. So it’s no surprise that the video has generated a tsunami of inquiries to Envoy Medical, the Twin Cities company that manufactures the Esteem system that made 29-year-old Sarah Churman so happy. According to
Oct. 18, 2011

NFL players offered hearing solutions through discount program from EarQ

David Kirkwood
SYRACUSE, NY—Current and former National Football League players and their families will be eligible for education about hearing care, hearing evaluation, and discounted prices on hearing aids under a program offered by EarQ. The program, unveiled October 17, is the result of an agreement between the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and EarQ, a national network of hearing healthcare professionals based