Cochlear Implants Linked to New Bone Formation, Increased Hearing Loss, in New Study

The majority of cochlear implant recipients develop new bone formation that adversely affects long-term hearing preservation, according to a study appearing in Radiology. Cochlear implantation is a well-established means to treat severe hearing loss. The device consists of an external part that sits behind the ear and a second part surgically implanted under the skin that…

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HearingLife Announces Acquisition of AudPractice Group

SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY — Hearing care retailer HearingLife, with clinics in 42 states across the US, announced today the acquisition of AudPractice Group (APG) audiology practices in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. HearingLife will assume operations of the 41 APG clinics across the three states, making HearingLife the largest hearing care provider in North…

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Healthy Hearing is Honored in 23rd Annual Digital Health Awards® Fall 2021 Session

SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY — was selected as a triple winner in 23rd annual Digital Health Awards® program. This competition — held each spring and fall — recognizes the world’s best digital health resources. Healthy Hearing received three awards: a silver award for an article on cognitive decline and hearing loss, a merit award for a column on musicians with tinnitus, and…

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Starkey Announces Collaborative Research Study with Stanford Medicine

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA – Starkey has announced that it is entering into a research collaboration with researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine to study the use of hearing aids equipped with embedded sensors and artificial intelligence to track and mitigate health risks as well as enhance speech intelligibility in challenging listening environments. According…

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US House of Representatives Passes Bill Adding New Medicare Hearing Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After months of deliberations and negotiations, the House of Representatives passed an amended version of the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) that includes several hearing-related provisions that would impact Medicare patients and providers, if ultimately enacted. The bill would add coverage of treatment services provided by audiologists—for the first time in…

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PhotoniCare Appoints Former Welch Allyn CEO Steve Meyer to Advisory Board

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS — PhotoniCare, Inc., a company dedicated to revolutionizing healthcare by providing physicians with better diagnostic tools, today announced the appointment of Steve Meyer, the former CEO of Welch Allyn Inc, to the company’s Advisory Board.  PhotoniCare has developed the OtoSight Middle Ear Scope using light-based (OCT) technology to increase the accuracy of fluid…

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Study Finds Loud Sounds Cause Fluid Buildup in Inner Ear, Opening Door for Possible New Hearing Loss Treatments

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — Loud sounds can cause a loss of auditory nerve cells in the inner ear, which are responsible for sending acoustic information to the brain, resulting in hearing difficulty. However, the mechanism behind this hearing loss is not fully understood. Now, a new study from Keck Medicine of USC links this type of inner ear nerve damage…

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Microbiome Discovery Could Help Fight Chronic Ear Infections in Children

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — According to new research, bacteria found in children’s upper respiratory systems could help fight chronic middle ear infections – a leading cause of preventable hearing loss and deafness in Indigenous communities. The University of Queensland’s Dr Seweryn Bialasiewicz said this discovery helped explain a long-held mystery, while providing hope for potential treatments. “We’ve been…

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MED-EL USA Launches 5th Annual Ideas4Ears Competition for 2021-22

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA – MED-EL USA announced today that it is once again celebrating World Inventors Day with the launch of the 2021-22 Ideas4Ears Competition. Entries are due by midnight ET on Monday, January 17, 2022, which is also international Kid Inventors Day. The contest invites children ages 6-12 years old from countries around the world,…

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Sensorion Exceeds Enrollment Target for SENS-401 in SSNHL, Results Available in January 2022

MONTPELLIER, FRANCE — Sensorion a pioneering clinical-stage biotechnology company which specializes in the development of novel therapies to restore, treat and prevent within the field of hearing loss disorders, has announced the enrollment of 115 patients for treatment in the company’s AUDIBLE-S study of the Sensorion’s first-in-class small molecule drug SENS-401 in patients with sudden…

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