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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Five inventors of the cochlear implant to be awarded Russ Prize in engineering

WASHINGTON, DC–Five scientists whose contributions led to the invention of the cochlear implant, which has provided hearing to hundreds of thousands of deaf people, will receive the 2015 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, awarded biennially by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The honorees–Graeme M. Clark, MD, PhD; Michael M. Merzenich, PhD; Erwin Hochmair,…

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With grant from Google, agency will study how Glass can benefit people with hearing loss

BALTIMORE—When Google Glass came onto the market this spring, many technophiles celebrated the arrival of this tiny, head-mounted computer that would allow them to make phone calls, view maps, send texts, and take videos while out jogging or riding a bike. Others, though, viewed this latest futuristic product from Google with alarm, fearing for their…

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As hearing industry seeks a new wireless standard for hearing aids, t-coil advocates say not so fast

Since this post was originally published on April 30, it has drawn a number of thoughtful and provocative comments, which follow the main text.  This revised post also contains a response from Jan Topholm, a prominent EHIMA member,  to a query that I sent him in writing the original post.   By David H. Kirkwood…

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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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ReSound releases first hearing aid that streams sound directly from an iPhone

  COPENHAGEN–Every new hearing aid that’s launched is totally unique, innovative, the very latest and greatest—according to the company that developed it and is determined to promote it. However, occasionally a new hearing aid creates genuine excitement in the marketplace of professionals who will fit it and consumers who will wear it. Today (February 24)…

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Reader’s Choice 2013: AAA decides to replace executive director after leading members urge a course correction

This post is a Reader’s Choice selection for 2013.   By David H. Kirkwood For the third time in the past 15 years, the American Academy of Audiology is looking for a new executive director, following the departure of Cheryl Kreider Carey after six years in the position and 14 years on the staff of…

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Scientists report that damage from noise exposure extends far beyond the ears

LONDON—Hearing scientists and hearing healthcare providers have known for decades that exposure to loud noise, especially over an extended period, often causes severe and irreversible hearing loss. However, a report by an international team of researchers reveals that the damage done by excessive noise extends far beyond hearing loss and related auditory problems, such as…

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New web site on tinnitus

NEW YORK–The Hearing Health Foundation has launched a web site focusing on tinnitus. There, people who have the condition as well as healthcare professionals can learn more about tinnitus, which chronically affects 5% to 10% of the U.S. adult population. The site discusses the causes of tinnitus and explains the various treatments available to people…

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Who knew? Smoking during pregnancy is linked to future hearing loss in children

NEW YORK—It will come as no surprise to anyone that children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy were found to be more likely to develop hearing loss at an early age than those born to non-smoking mothers. But this finding by researchers at New York University School of Medicine, will give pregnant women one more reason…

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