Top ten ideas selected for promoting public awareness of hearing health

NAERUM, DENMARK–A mnemonic device featuring three wise monkeys, a campaign to make hairdressers more mindful of their clients’ hearing loss, and a “hearing loss” flavor of ice cream are among the ten finalists in the Ida Institute’s worldwide competition “Ideas, Speak up – Action and Awareness for Hearing Loss.” Since April 2012 when the Oticon…

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HIA announces major changes at BHI; Sergei Kochkin to leave

  By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—Citing “structural and programmatic changes for the Better Hearing Institute (BHI),” the Hearing Industries Association (HIA), which funds BHI, announced that Sergei Kochkin, BHI’s executive director since 2004, “will no longer be associated with the institute” effective November 1. In a press statement issued October 22, HIA said, “While…

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BHI: People with cardiovascular disease should check their hearing

WASHINGTON, DC—There is mounting evidence that cardiovascular problems are often associated with hearing loss. That’s why the Better Hearing Institute (BHI)  is urging people with cardiovascular disease to get their hearing checked. Likewise, the institute is also advising people with hearing loss to pay close attention to their cardiovascular health. BHI’s efforts are in observance…

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New free eGuide advises consumers on protecting their hearing from noise

WASHINGTON, DC–The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) has published a free online eGuide to help address the escalating problem of hearing loss. The new 12-page e-guide, which debuted on August 23, explains to consumers how noise contributes to hearing loss and tinnitus and how to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Individuals and employers are invited to download copies…

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The man behind The Incredible Hulk has incredible news: He can hear!

By David H. Kirkwood Lou Ferrigno, who overcame profound hearing loss to become a TV and movie star best known for playing The Incredible Hulk, has long been an inspiration to young people growing up with impaired hearing. He has generously shared his remarkable story as a spokesperson for the Better Hearing Institute for 25…

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FDA will tell consumers everything they need to know about hearing aids

SILVER SPRING, MD–The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) will offer a free webinar next week to tell consumers what they need to know about hearing loss and hearing aids. The 30-minute webinar will take place Wednesday, May 23, at 2 pm Eastern time. The featured speaker will be…

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hi HealthInnovations hopes to revive online hearing test, while hearing professionals cheer FDA’s action

By David H. Kirkwood hi HealthInnovations, which recently removed a controversial online hearing test from its web site after receiving a strong warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (see our April 18 issue), hopes to resume offering that option to consumers soon. So stated Will Shanley, the director of public relations for hi HealthInnovations’…

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Better hearing on the job drives higher productivity and profit, says BHI

WASHINGTON, DC–May is Better Hearing Month, a great time for hearing professionals to spread awareness in their communities of the importance of hearing one’s best. And, when it comes to accurate and useful information on hearing, how to protect it, and how to address hearing loss, there’s no better source than the Better Hearing Institute…

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hi HealthInnovations drops online hearing test after FDA warns that it’s illegal

By David H. Kirkwood  SILVER SPRING, MD–The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has thrown a monkey wrench into hi HealthInnovations’ controversial new online program to test consumers’ hearing and sell them custom-fitted hearing aids without any involvement by licensed hearing healthcare professionals. In a letter dated March 28, 2012, Steven Silverman, director of the Office…

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Consumer guide to tinnitus is available online

Tinnitus, a distressing  condition that commonly accompanies hearing loss, is the subject of a new e-Guide for consumers published by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). Written by Richard Tyler, PhD, one of the world’s leading authorities on tinnitus, Your Guide to Tinnitus is available to consumers and to hearing professionals who want to share it…

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