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3M to Pay U.S. Military $9 Million for Defective Earplugs

St. Paul, Minnesota-based company 3M agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold the U.S. military defective earplugs. As part of the settlement, 3M did not admit liability. According to a July 27 Military Times report, 3M allegedly sold its dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, to the Defense Logistics Agency…

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FCC Looks to Fully Automate Phone Captioning

On July 18, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published, in the Federal Register, its intent to allow telephone captioning providers under their Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) to provide captions using fully Automated Speech Recognition (ASR) software.  The proposed change is expected save a substantial amount of money by making the role of the human Captioning…

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Hearing Loss as a Public Health Concern Attracting More Attention

The role audiology plays in public health continues to attract the attention of researchers. Whether policy officials and clinicians apply their findings remains an open question. Over the past several months, a wide range of research papers and assorted commentary on issues related to hearing loss and public health have hit the wires. At the…

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While a Mysterious Part of the Ear is Revealed, Origin of Aural Attacks Continues to Baffle

The ceaseless march of technological progress in hearing science continues to amaze, yet mysteries of the ear still abound. Two recent headlines in the news show that as some questions get answered, others remain open. A study published June 19 in eLife, revealed a unique biological mechanism for maintaining fluid pressure and composition involving the…

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HHTM Hearing News Round-up: This Week’s Notable Stories

With so much news happening to report on, this week we bring you a synopsis of timely news items that may be of interest:   Age-related Hearing Loss Continues to be a Huge Burden   An online report from The US Burden of Disease Collaborators, recently published by JAMA, indicated age-related hearing loss continues to…

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Sonion and Valencell Partnership Places Big Bet on Growing Biometric Hearable Market

A May 9 Hearing News Watch article focused on the  rapid advancements in the biometric function of ear-level devices, known as hearables. Progress continued with the June 6th announcement that Sonion, a Denmark-based leader in micro acoustic and micro mechanical technologies in hearing devices, and Valencell, a leading innovator in wearable biometric sensor technology will…

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