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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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Analyst says Phonak decision on Costco is “probably right” despite “short-term pain

By David H. Kirkwood LONDON–Since this blog first reported that Phonak LLC would start selling Brio, a new premium hearing aid model, through Costco, we have received and published dozens of comments on the issue. Many came from independent practitioners who dispense Phonak hearing aids. They expressed outrage over having to compete with a “big box”…

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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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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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Scientists test new technologies to conquer the hearing-in-noise challenge

MELBOURNE/BOSTON—As long as companies have been making hearing aids, the toughest and most frustrating challenge they have confronted is devising products that enable wearers to understand speech in noisy social gatherings, such as cocktail parties. While directional microphones and other technologies have helped a lot, it is still a rare hearing aid wearer who can…

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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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GN adds a major Danish hearing aid dispensing company to its portfolio

COPENHAGEN—The latest development in a continuing trend in the hearing aid industry toward manufacturer control of the retail sector took place today (October 1) when GN Store Nord A/S acquired a major Danish hearing aid dispensing network, Dansk Hørecenter. GN, owner of GN ReSound, made the purchase through its Beltone subsidiary. The price was not…

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Danish hearing aid companies gain value

COPENHAGEN—Investors were bullish today (July 29) on Denmark’s two major publicly owned hearing care technology companies. The price of shares in GN Store Nord, owner of GN ReSound, rose by about 6% in early trading on the Nasdaq OMX Copenhagen 20 Index (KFX), reaching 114.00 Danish kroner ($20.28), compared to Friday’s closing price of 107.50…

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Research firm analyzes market share, retail activity, and prospects of major hearing aid manufacturers

By David H. Kirkwood NEW YORK—A number of financial research firms in the United States and abroad follow the hearing industry on behalf of their clients. These include individual investors as well as institutional investors such as pension and hedge fund managers. The latest company to turn its sights on hearing aids is Sanford C.…

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Hearing industry research consortium will award $300,000 to its two initial grant recipients

MINNEAPOLIS–The Hearing Industry Research Consortium (IRC) announced on Monday the recipients of $300,000 in research grants in its initial Request for Proposals (RFP) program. Piers Dawes, PhD, a research fellow at the University of Manchester in the UK, and Andrea Pittman, PhD, associate professor at Arizona State University, will each receive $150,000 to support their…

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