HHTM’s Career Center gets an upgrade

TUCSON, AZ—Hearing Health and Technology Matters (HHTM) has enhanced its three-month-old Career Center to better serve job seekers and employers alike. The addition of a Search feature will make it easier for hearing health care providers to find the specific type of job and location they are looking for. In establishing its Career Center HHTM…

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Soundhawk unveils its “smart listening system”; insists it’s not a hearing aid

CUPERTINO, CA—Soundhawk, a high-tech start-up company with an impressive pedigree, began taking advance orders last week on its web site for a $279 “smart listening system.” According to Soundhawk’s founder, Rodney Perkins, MD, an otologist at Stanford University School of Medicine and founder of the California Ear Institute, the new system “is the culmination of a…

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Looking to hire or be hired? Pay a visit to the HearingHealthMatters.org Career Center

Since its founding in April 2011, HearingHealthMatters.org (HHTM) has quickly emerged as one of the most widely read and most influential publications in the hearing field. I use the term “hearing field” advisedly, since, unlike nearly all the other print and online publications concerned with hearing, ours is written not only for hearing care providers,…

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Audiologists from three nations ally to advance autonomous practices and patient outcomes

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA; WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND; AND LEXINGTON, KY—Independent hearing healthcare providers are feeling more than a little beleaguered these days, and who can blame them? Consider the following: Every few days, it seems, yet another story is published extolling a new online or over-the-counter device that, for just a few hundred dollars, gives users as…

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Ray Rich, former IHS president, dies

Raymond “Ray” Rich, a leading figure in the International Hearing Society for half a century, died on March 11 in Cleveland at the age of 90. From 1966 to 1969, he served as president of the organization, then called the National Hearing Aid Society (NHAS), and he was also for many years president of the…

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At hearing, VA opposes IHS-backed bill allowing it to hire hearing aid specialists to serve vets

By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—A bill to advance the goal of Fit to Serve, an International Hearing Society campaign to give hearing aid specialists a greater role in caring for veterans with hearing problems, was debated during a March 27 hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health.   BILL’S SPONSOR SEES “UNACCEPTABLE” DELAYS…

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FDA’s proposed new PSAP policy draws mixed response, but mostly opposed

  By David H. Kirkwood SILVER SPRING, MD–The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has  more than 100, highly diverse, public comments to consider in deciding if it should implement or rethink a proposed new guidance document that it issued on November 7. The document, drafted by the Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices Branch of…

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Hearing aid establishment and PSAP advocates clash over proposed FDA regulations

For an updated post on this subject, click here. By David H. Kirkwood ROCKVILLE, MD–A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal to tighten existing restrictions on the marketing of personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) is arousing both a storm of criticism and strong support from various interested parties. Although the February 5 deadline for…

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AAA joins the opposition to expanding HA specialists’ role in serving veterans

By David H. Kirkwood RESTON, VA—As was reported here on January 1, the Association of VA Audiologists (AVAA) issued a statement on December 16, 2013, opposing proposed federal legislation that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make greater use of hearing aid specialists in serving the needs of veterans with hearing loss…

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IHS unveils bill to enable hearing aid specialists to provide care to VA patients

     By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—The International Hearing Society (IHS) turned its Fit to Serve campaign up a notch last week with the introduction of federal legislation that would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire hearing aid specialists to provide care for veterans with hearing loss, tinnitus, and related conditions.…

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