It wasn’t just a job: It was personal!

Dear Friends, As many of you have already read, I have retired from Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) after four extremely rewarding years as a founding editor. But before leaving the scene, I have some parting words for our readers, whom I have been writing for and about for longer than I could ever have…

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Institute of Medicine panel seeks ways to make hearing care more accessible and affordable

By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—As part of an ambitious, two-year study to identify ways to make hearing health care (HHC) for adults more accessible and affordable, a 13-member ad hoc committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will hold a daylong open session on Monday, April 27. IOM, the health arm of the National…

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HHTM Exclusive: Findings from new MarkeTrak study show greater hearing aid use, satisfaction

    By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC–The portion of Americans with self-reported hearing difficulty who own hearing aids has increased to 30.2% (from 24.8% in 2008), and the satisfaction rate with hearing aids has grown to 81% from 74%, according to the MarkeTrak 9 survey conducted last fall by Az Marketing Research with Online…

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Scott Davis of Sivantos is new HIA chairman

      WASHINGTON, DC—The announcement of the first Unison Hearing Health Global Summit was the biggest story to emerge from the 2015 annual meeting of the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) on March 6, but not the only news. The national trade association of manufacturers of hearing aids and related products elected Scott Davis as…

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HIA promotes Bopp to executive director

WASHINGTON, DC—Andy Bopp has been promoted to the position of executive director of the Hearing Industries Association (HIA). Carole Rogin, who will remain president of HIA, said that Bopp, who has been director of government relations for the past decade, will assume responsibility for HIA’s regulatory and statistical programs and other special member initiatives. In…

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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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