Hearing News Watch

Jun. 13, 2011

Hearing aid market in China, India expected to double in 6 years

David Kirkwood
VANCOUVER, BC–The hearing aid market in China and India, now valued at over $1 billion, will nearly double by 2017, according to a new report by iData Research (www.idataresearch.net). The Canadian-based authority on the global medical device market includes both retail and wholesale sales in its figures. There is plenty of room for growth, says iData’s analyst manager, Douglas Fung,
Jun. 10, 2011

Scientists find evidence that early deafness can lead to sharper vision

David Kirkwood
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND—It has long been popular folk wisdom that people who lose one of their senses early in life help compensate for it by developing another sense more acutely. For example, the large number of blind musicians is sometimes cited as evidence that lack of vision results in enhanced auditory sensibility and thereby promotes outstanding musical gifts. A recent study,
Jun. 08, 2011

Lions’ largess legalized: Will be allowed to donate hearing aids

David Kirkwood
SALEM, OR—Lending a helping hand to people with hearing and vision problems has been a Lions Club International mission for decades. One way members of the service organization have done this is by collecting and donating used hearing aids and eyeglasses to people in need. However, in recent years, liability concerns have sometimes stood in their way. The Lions have
Jun. 07, 2011

Blogger/lawyer wins national award

David Kirkwood
CHICAGO–Fred Cohen, an attorney who blogs regularly at hearinghealthmatters.com, has been selected by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care to receive its 2011 B.J. Anno Award of Excellence in Communication. Cohen, who writes the weekly column The Law and Hearing on this site, will be honored for his outstanding contribution to the field of correctional health care. He wrote
Jun. 07, 2011

New type of bone-conduction system gets green light from FDA

David Kirkwood
BOULDER, CO–A new bone-conduction implantable hearing device received market clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 1. Known as the Otomag Alpha 1, the system was developed by Boulder-based Sophono, Inc. (sophono.com), to treat conductive and mixed hearing loss, as well as single-sided deafness. Existing bone-conduction systems, such as those made by Oticon Medical and Cochlear,
Jun. 01, 2011

Study compares treatments for sudden hearing loss

David Kirkwood
BALTIMORE–The established treatment for sudden hearing loss has long been a course of oral steroids. However, a study headed by researchers from Johns Hopkins University and reported in the May 25 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that steroid injections may be equally effective (or ineffective) in restoring hearing in patients who experience this mysterious and traumatic condition.
Jun. 01, 2011

Growth and change predicted for hearing aid market

David Kirkwood
CHAMBERSBURG, PA–Global DataConsultants (www.globaldataconsultants.com) predicts that the global market for hearing aids will reach $10 billion by 2017. That represents a 50% increase from its $6.6 billion estimate of the 2010 market. The company, whose complete report, Hearing Aid Devices: Global Pipeline Analysis, Opportunity Assessment and Market Forecasts to 2017, is available for purchase, expects that the rapid increase in
Jun. 01, 2011

Loop system now available at Whole Foods in Sarasota

David Kirkwood
SARASOTA, FL– Sarasota and surrounding Manatee County are quickly becoming a hot bed of hearing loop systems, which improve accessibility for people with hearing loss. The latest facility in the area to install a loop system is Saratoga’s Whole Foods Market. Shoppers who wear hearing aids equipped with telecoils are invited to check out at cash register No. 1. The
Jun. 01, 2011

Tulsa AuD raises $25,000 for kids’ hearing

David Kirkwood
TULSA, OK–Jacque Rogers Scholl, AuD, founder of the Children’s Hearing Aid Project, has announced that CHAP’s first fundraising event, “Tulsa Hears a Who,” raised more than $25,000 for the program. CHAP, a part of Total Source for Hearing Access, provides hearing aids to families who cannot afford them and are not covered by insurance. Scholl, who runs The Scholl Center
May. 28, 2011

Under water, humans hear via bone conduction

David Kirkwood
SEATTLE–Using bone-conduction hearing, human beings can perceive much higher sounds under water than they can on land using air conduction. So reported researchers during a May 24 presentation to the Acoustical Society of America meeting in Seattle. In their study, researchers from the Naval Submarine Medical Research Lab in Groton, CT, tested the range of hearing for submerged participants in