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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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Does the AirPod Signal a New Era in Audio Computing?

Does the arrival of Apple’s new wireless AirPods, which carries a retail price tag of $159, signal a new era of how we connect with our smartphones and laptops?  Given the cultural significance of an Apple product launch, it is a good bet that the AirPod wireless headphone is the catalyst needed for the hearable…

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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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Starkey Bets on Hearables: Announces Partnership with Bragi to “Transform” Hearable & Wearable Tech

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — As Starkey Hearing Technologies kicks off their 2016 Hearing Innovation Expo today in Las Vegas, one of the largest events for independent hearing care professionals in the US, a strategic partnership has been announced between the company and German startup Bragi, creators of The Dash, touted as “the world’s first truly wireless hearable”. Chris…

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FDA Will Convene April Hearing Aid Meeting

SILVER SPRINGS, MARYLAND — In a January 6th press release the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will host a public workshop, “Streamlining Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for Hearing Aids,” on April 21, 2016, at the FDA’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. The workshop will outline the agency’s perspective on the current GMPs…

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Amid “Profound Disruption”, Private Hearing Aid Market up 9%

Two recent articles in the mainstream press reflect the views of public health officials with respect to a pair of hot button issues: the hearing aid industry and the aging American population. In a October 31 Forbes article, Jason Karlawish, MD, a physician, author, and co-director of the Penn Memory Center and the Healthy Brain…

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ASHA-Lead Opposition Halts Progress on Veteran’s Hearing Health Bill

WASHINGTON, DC — Leaders from the International Hearing Society (IHS) expressed their frustration this week in an email circulated to the organization’s members on July 22, which was obtained by Hearing News Watch. The ongoing congressional lobbying efforts by IHS towards the passage of the Veteran’s Access to Hearing Health Act of 2015 (H.R. 353) and its…

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IHS Sees Benefit to New DOL Certification for Apprenticeship Guideline Standards

LIVONIA, MICHIGAN – The International Hearing Society (IHS) announced that it has received Certification of the new National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards for the Hearing Aid Specialist occupation from the US Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Apprenticeship. According to IHS, the newly registered apprenticeship program will provide a path for standardized training for Hearing Aid Specialists in the…

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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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Hearing Health & Technology Matters

HHTM names Wayne Staab editor-in-chief, as David Kirkwood retires; Brian Taylor joins blog as news editor

  TUCSON, AZ—Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) has named Wayne Staab, PhD, a founding partner of the popular blog, as Editor-in-Chief effective today (June 1), succeeding David H. Kirkwood. Kirkwood, who was also a founding partner of HHTM, has retired after 42 years as an editor, including 25 years covering hearing health care. He…

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