inner ear stem cell research

USC Stem Cell Researchers Find Simpler Way to Make Inner Ear Hair Cells

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — Scientists from the USC Stem Cell laboratories of Neil Segil and Justin Ichida have found a simpler way to generate the sensory cells of the inner ear. Their approach uses direct reprogramming to produce sensory cells known as “hair cells,” due to their hair-like protrusions that sense sound waves.  The study was published this…

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Academic Leader Offers Insights to University Audiology Programs in a Post-Pandemic World

Entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban or Scott Galloway of the NYU Stern School of Business know that while the world is topsy-turvy for many people these days, it might be an ideal time to start a new business or embark on a potentially life-changing project. But, what about the prospects for those in academic audiology? The…

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Envoy Medical Receives FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for Fully Implanted Acclaim® Cochlear Implant

WHITE BEAR LAKE, MINNESOTA — Envoy Medical® Corporation, a hearing health company focused on providing innovative technologies across the hearing loss spectrum, today announced that its fully implanted Acclaim® cochlear implant was granted the Breakthrough Device Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Unlike existing traditional cochlear implants that are partially implanted and…

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qm2 telehealth audiology

QM2 Solutions and ENT Hearing Associates of Florida Team Up on E-Visit Strategy

In early April, shortly after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and because of an urgent need to extend contactless to patients, ENT Hearing Associates  of  Florida,  contracted with  QM2  Solutions  to provide an e-visit care option. Dr. Patricia Ramos, the Director of ENT Hearing Associates of Florida, used QM2 Solution’s SEngage to remotely connect…

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Akouos More Than Doubles Original IPO Goal, Raises $213M in First Day of Trading

BOSTON, MASSACHUSSETTS — After originally filing for an initial public offer (IPO) with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) earlier this month, eyeing a $100M IPO, gene therapy startup Akouos significantly exceeded its original expectations on Friday by raising $213M. The company sold 12.5 million shares for $17 each, above its anticipated range of…

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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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lucid audio

Lucid Audio Announces Acquisition of Westone Audio, the Music Division of Westone Laboratories

FORT WORTH, TEXAS — Lucid Audio announced this week that it is acquiring Westone Audio.  The move will expand Lucid Audio’s innovative family of products by adding Westone Audio’s premium in-ear and custom earphone solutions.  “With Westone Audio’s over 35 years of success and experience in the consumer and professional audio markets, the acquisition is…

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