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2020 Oticon Audiology Summer Camp Goes Virtual

SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY – Graduate students in audiology participating in the 2020 Oticon Audiology Summer Camp gained real-life insight into the increasing importance of connectivity in hearing healthcare and in the new normal created by the COVID outbreak. For the first time in 23 years, the Oticon Audiology Summer Camp hosted future professionals virtually in…

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NAL Announces 2 New Upcoming July Webinars

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — The National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) is continuing its professional webinar series with 2 additional webinars in July. The new 15-minute live ‘Soundbites’ webinars showcase the organization’s latest and upcoming hearing research. A Q&A session will take place after each webinar. Dr. Megan Gilliver: Using behavioural Insights to understand device technology decisions: What’s rationality…

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Researchers Find Enhanced Pitch Discrimination for Cochlear Implant Users with New Haptic Neuroprosthetic Device

In a new study, researchers examined the ability of a novel device to enhance pitch discrimination among cochlear implant users. The device, the mosaicOne_B, was designed to help provide missing pitch information to the wearer through haptic (tactile) stimulation on the forearm. This enhanced pitch discrimination “has the potential to significantly improve music perception, speech…

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Vanderbilt Researchers Receive $3.1M NIH Grant to Develop Customizable Cochlear Implant Programming

A team of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers has received a $3.1 million NIH grant to develop advanced patient-specific cochlear implant stimulation models for customized implant programming. Traditional cochlear implant programming is done by expert audiologists using a guess-and-check approach based on subjective patient feedback regarding sound quality as well as changes…

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Consult YHN Provides Vital Resources to Help Audiology Practices Lead Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

CHADDS FORD, PA — Since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, Consult YHN committed to helping hearing healthcare professionals manage through this global health crisis by providing timely, actionable, and strategic business advice and support through virtual webinars, financial analysis, articles, and an online resource center. The company created, and continues to update, a central…

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Does Hearing Loss Increase Risk of Exposure and Infection from COVID-19?

A study published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS) found that loud speaking causes an increased number of respiratory droplets in the air, ones that may spread COVID-19. Researchers found that louder speech produced larger droplets, as well as greater quantities of them, and that these droplets could potentially linger…

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NAL Announces New Webinar Series

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — The National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) has announced a new professional webinar series beginning this week. The new 15-minute live ‘Soundbites’ webinars will showcase the organization’s latest and upcoming hearing research. A Q&A session will take place after each webinar. Brent Edwards: Innovation at NAL: Creative solutions to difficult problems in hearing health…

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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Urge House & Senate to Include Medicare Audiologist Access and Service Provisions in Upcoming COVID-19 Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congressman Tom Rice (R-S.C.) led a letter, along with Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Congressman Darren Soto (D-Fla.), Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), to House and Senate leadership urging them to include provisions of the…

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CMS Expands List of Medicare Eligible Telehealth Providers to Include Audiologists

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) announced this week that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final regulation on April 30 that states that, “all professionals who are able to bill Medicare for their professional services will be considered eligible telehealth providers for the duration of the…

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