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HIMSA to Release New “Industry Standard” Wireless Hearing Aid Programmer: Noahlink Wireless

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — The Hearing Instrument Manufacturers’ Software Association (HIMSA), maker of the popular hearing aid programming interface Noah, has announced the upcoming launch of what they are dubbing as the “new wireless programming standard” for programming Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled hearing aids.   The new NoahlinkTM Wireless programming device was created with guidance and cooperation…

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National Academies of Sciences Issues Groundbreaking Report on Hearing Healthcare

WASHINGTON, DC — Today the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) issued a potentially groundbreaking report on improving access and affordability of hearing health care for adults. The committee has been working well over a year, compiling a range evidence and opinion to support their recommendations to…

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Times tech writer gives rave reviews to iPhone hearing aids

NEW YORK—You can’t buy the kind of positive publicity that was given to the GN ReSound LiNX™ and the Starkey Halo in the pages of The New York Times last Thursday (April 24). In the Personal Tech column that appears weekly on the front page of the newspaper’s Business section, Farhad Manjoo reported rapturous responses…

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Committee approves new, stricter standard for hearing loop installations

WASHINGTON, DC–“One small sentence in a code book of thousands but one giant leap for people with hearing loss.” That was how Juliëtte Sterkens, AuD, hearing loop advocate for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), assessed an action taken by an ICC/ANSI committee on July 17. That “small sentence” approved by the ICC/ANSI  (International…

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After settling with FCC, non-compliant wireless phone makers will pay $540,000

WASHINGTON, DC–The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reached settlements with two wireless phone makers that its Enforcement Bureau found were failing to comply with FCC requirements to provide the public with hearing aid-compatible mobile phones. Under the consent decrees announced by the FCC on June 21, Airadigm Communications, dba Airfire Mobile, will make “a voluntary…

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Once seen as a foe, mobile phone industry to be honored by Hearing Loss Association

By David H. Kirkwood BETHESDA, MD—Back in the late 1990s, few would have believed that advocates for people with hearing loss would ever have a kind word for the wireless phone industry. That was the time that mobile phones were really starting to catch on in the U.S. The bad news, as users and manufacturers…

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Help available on picking a hearing aid-compatible cell phone

WASHINGTON, DC—Having trouble finding a cell phone that you—or your hearing aid patients–can use with hearing aids? If so, the Better Hearing Institute may be able to help you out. As a service to hearing aid owners and hearing healthcare professionals, the Washington-based non-profit organization has created a permanent page (betterhearing.org/hearing_loss_treatment/cellphones.cfm) on its web site…

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Next operating system for Apple devices said to be more hearing aid compatible

CUPERTINO, CA–Apple’s latest operating system for its mobile devices will come with a hearing aid mode designed to improve compatibility between hearing aids and iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads, and iPods, according to MacRumors, an online publication. Version 6 of the iOS 5 beta will also feature a speech-recognition feature, MacRumors says. The updated…

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