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UPDATE: OTC Hearing Aid Legislation Merged with FDA Bill, Now “Much More Likely” to Pass

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and International Hearing Society (IHS) learned yesterday afternoon that the Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act legislation has now been attached to the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act (MDUFA). According to AAA President Ian Windmill, the MDUFA bill is considered “must-pass” and is scheduled to…

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Ultrasound Tech Being Ultilized in Next Generation Smartphones to Enhance User Experience

BEIJING, CHINA — Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced this week that its latest phone, the MIX, will be the first to incorporate ultrasound software for proximity detection. By replacing the phone’s hardware proximity sensor with ultrasound software, the phone’s speaker can become “completely invisible” and allow the entire surface of the screen to be functional — all the way to…

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Growing Number of Hearables to Include “Hearing Aid Technology”

On the heels of the AirPods launch two weeks ago, Bragi, the manufacturer of the Dash recently announced there will be updates to their hearable device. Among the updates to the Bragi Dash are improved quality of Bluetooth connectivity and increased range, improved waterproofing, an upgraded touch lock feature, and the ability to shuffle through…

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FDA Fast Tracks Tinnitus Drug; Meniere’s Drug Completes Year-Long Safety Trial

ZUG, SWITZERLAND — Biopharmaceutical company Auris Medical Holdings announced late last month that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Fast Track designation to its investigational drug, KeyzilenTM (AM-101).  Keyzilen is esketamine gel for intratympanic injection, intended for acute peripheral tinnitus following cochlear injury or otitis media in adults.  The Fast Track designation by the FDA of an…

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Vanderbilt to Hold Annual Hands-on Hearing Aid Workshop

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — There are fun times to be had in Music City this September.  The Vanderbilt Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences will host its 21st annual Hearing Aid Hands-On Workshop September 15-17th, 2016 at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in Nashville, TN. This three-day event covers all aspects of hearing aid selection, fitting and verification.…

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Oticon Announces Upcoming Product to Include 2.4 GHz Connectivity, Signaling Industry Shift

KONGBAKKEN, DENMARK — Less than six months following Sonova’s announcement that its next generation of hearing instruments would include 2.4 GHz connectivity in late 2016 or early 2017, William Demant Holdings announced last week that Oticon’s soon-to-be-released hearing device will include 2.4 GHz connectivity. The company’s new 2.4GHz capable hearing aid is expected to be released at…

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Sonova Sets Record Straight on Walgreens Partnership

In response to our story about the Walgreens-Sonova partnership that published on July 8th, we received a clarification from Michael Isaac, Director of Media Relations for the Sonova Group and will share his response with our readers. Mr. Isaac was kind enough to provide Hearing News Watch with details of the relationship between Sonova and…

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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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Medtronic and Sivantos both announce acquisitions of hearing care companies

  ERLANGEN, GERMANY/DUBLIN–Last week was a busy one in the hearing industry’s merger and acquisition front. On March 26, the Sivantos Group (formerly Siemens Audiology Solutions) announced that it would take over all shares in audibene, as part of a strategic partnership and investment agreement with Europe’s largest Internet portal for hearing care case management.The…

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