Hearing News Watch

Jul. 19, 2011

New BHI web site helps hearing healthcare professionals promote their practices locally

David Kirkwood
WASHINGTON, DC—A newly redesigned Better Hearing Institute (BHI) web site (www.betterhearing.org/professionals/) is providing audiologists and hearing instrument specialists with easier access to a large array of resources tailored to help them promote their practices at the local level. The number and variety of public relations tools that BHI offers have increased dramatically since 2005. Now, the enhanced web site for
Jul. 19, 2011

Teenagers’ hearing is threatened by other people’s smoking, say researchers

David Kirkwood
NEW YORK—Researchers at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine have reported that exposure to tobacco smoke nearly doubles the risk of hearing loss among adolescents. Their findings were published today in the July 2011 issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. Anil Lalwani, MD, who led the research study, said that the results have “huge public health implications”
Jul. 16, 2011

New technology lets students in Alabama provide hearing help to kids in Guatemala

David Kirkwood
MONTGOMERY, AL—In a remarkable application of the fast-developing field of tele-audiology, students at Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) will help bring better hearing to children in Guatemala. And they will be able to do this without leaving campus. That’s because the AUM School of Liberal Arts has helped purchase equipment that will allow audiology students in the Speech and Hearing Clinic
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Jul. 13, 2011

In-the-mouth hearing device approved for conductive loss

David Kirkwood
SAN MATEO, CA—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the SoundBite Hearing System for use in treating patients with conductive hearing loss. SoundBite, which is manufactured by Sonitus Medical, Inc., a San Mateo medical device company, is the first non-surgical and removable hearing system to transmit sound via the teeth. Earlier this year, the FDA had cleared SoundBite
Jul. 13, 2011

Former President will be among honorees at Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala

David Kirkwood
ST. PAUL, MN–Bill Clinton, Marlee Matlin, Doug Pitt and Randy Hogan will be honored at the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s 2011 So The World May Hear Awards Gala. The annual event will be held July 24 at the St. Paul River Centre. Each year, the Gala recognizes those who have made a commitment to helping others and to making a positive
Jul. 13, 2011

Contest looks for hearing aid success stories

David Kirkwood
PHILADELPHIA—Are you someone whose hearing aids have helped you lead a happier, more rewarding life? Or, have they improved the life of your spouse, parent, or other loved one? If so, your story might win a prize in a national contest announced this week by SecondSense Hearing Solutions. SecondSense created the Sweet Sounds of Life Contest to draw attention to
Jul. 08, 2011

Trying to locate a particular voice in a crowd? Ask a man to help you

David Kirkwood
MILAN—While men generally suffer hearing aid more often and earlier than women, a recent study has found that in at least one aspect of hearing the male gender has the edge. Writing in the June 2011 issue of Cortex, a journal on the study of cognition and the relationship between the nervous system and mental processes, Ida Zündorf, from the
Jul. 06, 2011

ADA accuses ASHA of making false statements to audiologists

David Kirkwood
By David H. Kirkwood LEXINGTON, KY–The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) has demanded that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) cease and desist making what it alleges are false statements to audiologists about the consequence of not holding ASHA’s certification in audiology, the CCC-A. In a letter, sent on June 27 to ASHA officials, ADA’s attorney, Robert M. Gippin, asked
Jul. 05, 2011

Wind turbines: How loud is too loud?

David Kirkwood
EAST LANSING, MI—Wind power is among the most frequently cited alternative sources of energy. And, to be sure, advocates for wind power have some good arguments on their side. It is a proven technology that has been providing energy for decades. It doesn’t generate materials that pollute the air, water, or soil. And the wind is a truly unlimited resource.
Jul. 05, 2011

Newborn hearing screening among top advances in public health

David Kirkwood
ATLANTA—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has selected the dramatic expansion of newborn screening for hearing loss in the U.S. as part of one of the 10 greatest public health achievements in public health in the past decade the area of Maternal and Infant Health. A report issued in the May 20 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)