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HLAA Executive Director, Barbara Kelley, to Join Ida Institute Advisory Board

NARUEM, DENMARK – The Ida Institute has announced the appointment of Barbara Kelley, Executive Director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) to its Advisory Board. The Advisory Board, made up of distinguished experts in hearing health and related disciplines, provides counsel and support for the Ida Institute’s strategic planning and helps to disseminate…

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Valencell Launches Calibration-Free Blood Pressure Sensor System for Hearables and Wearables

Valencell today announced the availability of the world’s first calibration-free blood pressure (BP) sensor system for integration in hearables and wearables. Valencell will provide the BP sensor system as a core technology to medical device and consumer electronics manufacturers for inclusion in their products. Embedded in an earbud reference design, the technology has demonstrated BP…

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Danish University Opens World’s First Center for Ear-EEG

AARHUS, DENMARK — Aarhus University (AU) has just received DKK 20 million (~$2.9M USD) for a new research center focusing on a unique method of measuring electrical activity in the brain. The method is known as ear-EEG (ear-ElectroEncephaloGraphy) and it measures extremely small voltage changes on the surface of the skin inside the ear caused by electrical…

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Researchers Explore Why Candidates for Cochlear Implants Rarely Get Them

Researchers from the Universities of Miami and Michigan surveyed U.S. audiologists from academic centers, hospitals and large cochlear implant centers, asking how they preoperatively assess adults for cochlear implant candidacy. Based on the 92 completed surveys analyzed for the study, the findings were “eye opening,” according to the paper’s lead author, Sandra Prentiss, Ph.D., CCC-A,…

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Medicare Audiology Provisions Pass U.S. House of Representatives

On December 12, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, which includes Section 602 titled, “Providing Coverage for Hearing Care under the Medicare Program” . Section 602 of the bill adds new hearing benefits, including hearing aids, for Medicare beneficiaries with severe to profound hearing loss and also includes a number of provisions…

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AAA Foundation Announces New Jerry Northern Scholarship in Pediatric Audiology

The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) Foundation has announced a new scholarship opportunity for students interested in pediatric audiology. Dr. Jerry Northern has graciously donated to the Foundation to award three students with $10,000 each in tuition funding and $500 each for travel expenses to the AAA Annual Conference and HearTECH Expo. The Jerry Northern…

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Starkey Hearing Institute Graduates Fourth Class of Hearing Care Professionals

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — The Starkey Hearing Foundation is celebrating the graduation of 11 hearing healthcare professionals from the Starkey Hearing Institute in Lusaka, Zambia. The graduates will help address the dire shortage of hearing healthcare professionals in the developing world. The graduates represent five countries from around Africa. They have studied and been trained in professional ear and hearing health,…

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Addressing the Hearing Needs of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Exclusive Interview with Dr. Andrea Dunn

In October, the hearing aid brand Phonak hosted a two-day workshop featuring ten leading clinicians and researchers in the fields of autism, hearing and speech sciences, psychology, and education. Among the goals of the workshop was to assess the current body of research addressing listening challenges in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) while identifying…

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Even Mild or Slight Levels of Hearing Loss Linked to Mental Decline in Seniors

Slight declines in hearing, smaller than the usual cutoff for diagnosing hearing loss, are associated with measurable mental decline in seniors, a new study suggests. When researchers used a stricter threshold to include mild hearing loss, they found evidence that the well-established link between age-related hearing loss and cognitive decline might begin sooner than is…

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