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FDA Approves New System to Place Ear Tubes Under Local Anesthesia to Treat Recurrent Ear Infection

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced approval of a new system for the delivery of tympanostomy tubes, commonly referred to as ear tubes, that can be inserted into the eardrum to treat recurrent ear infections (i.e., otitis media). The Tubes Under Local Anesthesia (Tula) System is the first ear tube delivery system…

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MED-EL USA Announces Launch of Second Generation Bone Conduction Implant BONEBRIDGE BCI 602

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA – MED-EL USA announced the launch of the BCI 602, the second generation implant for the company’s BONEBRIDGE Bone Conduction Implant System at OSSEO2019: the 7th International Congress on Bone Conduction Hearing and Related Technologies in Miami Beach, Fla. BCI 602 availability is expected in January 2020. According to the company’s press release,…

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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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American Tinnitus Association and British Tinnitus Association Partner to Advocate for Increased Tinnitus Research

VIENNA, VIRGINIA — The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) and British Tinnitus Association (BTA) are have announced a partnership to advocate for increased tinnitus research that offers progress for patients worldwide.  “Progress in tinnitus research depends upon new insights, and we believe that new alliances among scientists engaged in various aspects of auditory science can spark these insights. The…

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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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Nuheara Reports Latest Sales Figures More Than Double Over Previous Quarter

PERTH, AUSTRALIA — Smart hearing company Nuheara Limited (ASX: NUH) reports that at the conclusion of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales campaign on  December 2, 2019, the company’s Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) cash receipts (excluding traditional retail) for the current quarter to date have totaled more than $750,000 (approximately $513K USD) – this is more…

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Reprogramming Inner Ear to Regrow Lost Hair Cells? New Discovery Holds Promise for Future Hearing Loss Treatments

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — A new discovery from a team led by Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers may bring scientists a step closer to developing treatments that regrow the missing cells that cause hearing loss. In a new study, published online December 4, 2019, in Nature Communications, scientists report a new strategy to induce cell division in the…

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Sensorion Announces Disappointing Results From SENS-111 Phase 2b Trial in Acute Unilateral Vestibulopathy

MONTPELLIER, FRANCE — Biotech firm Sensorion has reported results from a Phase 2 proof-of-concept trial of SENS-111 for the treatment of acute unilateral vestibulopathy (AUV). SENS-111 was reported to be safe and well tolerated. However, it did not meet the primary endpoint of vertigo intensity, measured by the area under the curve of the vertigo…

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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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