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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Hearing Industries Association leads an all-out effort for hearing aid tax credit

WASHINGTON, DC—When the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) holds both its biennial Hearing on the Hill and its annual meeting here this week, the trade association will be focused on passage of the Hearing Aid Tax Credit bill (S. 315). Although similar legislation introduced in the past several sessions of Congress has never been enacted despite…

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“Hearing” with your tongue: Will it make cochlear implants obsolete?

Readers of Holly Hosford-Dunn’s blog Hearing Economics have learned recently about some highly innovative “hearables” that have entered or may soon enter the market. Following is an even more futuristic product—or at least potential product—that may some day improve life for people with hearing loss.   An ITM (in-the-mouth) device FORT COLLINS, CO—A team of…

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Super Bowl inspires hearing awareness campaigns by Oticon and Starkey, among others

      GLENDALE, AZ—Ever since fall 2013 when Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs fans began competing for the title of the National Football League’s noisiest rooters (Chiefs’ supporters set the record when they created a din reaching 142.2 dB in their home field), the hearing care community has seized upon the Super Bowl as a golden opportunity…

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Hearing aid from ReSound called an “innovation that improved the world”

    BLOOMINGTON, MN—Rarely is a hearing aid credited by anyone outside the hearing industry with changing the world. But that is just what happened when Mashable.com selected ReSound LiNX as one of “14 innovations that improved the world in 2014.” LiNX, which was introduced last January, is a Bluetooth-enabled hearing aid that allows the…

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AARP launches a Hearing Resource Center

  WASHINGTON, DC—If more than 25 million of your members have a hearing loss, it really does makes sense to offer them information about the condition and how to address it. That’s just what AARP announced last week that it was doing with the launch of its Hearing Resource Center. The purpose of the online…

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Congenital cytomegalovirus is a common, yet often undetected, cause of kids’ hearing loss

  GHENT, BELGIUM–Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common non-hereditary cause of hearing loss in children, according to a study by a group of medical researchers at University Hospital in Ghent. Writing in the November 1 issue of the journal Pediatrics, Julie Goderis, MD, and five colleagues said they reached that conclusion after analyzing the…

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BHI urges adults to get their hearing tested to protect their mental health

WASHINGTON, DC—Researchers have found that untreated hearing loss and the ensuing communication difficulties and social isolation are correlated with increased incidence of depression and other mental health issues. That’s why in observance of World Mental Health Day 2014, October 10, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is urging adults of all ages to get their hearing…

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NYC cops who were forced to retire for wearing hearing aids will get their day in court

By David H. Kirkwood NEW YORK–Two former New York City police officers–Jim Phillips and Dan Carione–will have a chance to prove at trial that they should not have been forced to retire because they wore hearing aids—hearing aids that the New York Police Department (NYPD) paid for. As previously discussed on this blog, Carione, now aged…

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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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