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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Geigel named president of Widex USA, as Schutt joins company launching new “audio solution”

HAUPPAUGE, NY—Jeffrey Geigel has been appointed president of Widex USA, Inc., succeeding Rodney Schutt, who resigned on August 25 to become senior vice-president at Turtle Beach Corporation, a San Diego-based developer of audio products. Geigel, a hearing industry veteran, took over the helm at Widex USA, a subsidiary of the Danish-based Widex A/S, on August…

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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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Soundhawk unveils its “smart listening system”; insists it’s not a hearing aid

CUPERTINO, CA—Soundhawk, a high-tech start-up company with an impressive pedigree, began taking advance orders last week on its web site for a $279 “smart listening system.” According to Soundhawk’s founder, Rodney Perkins, MD, an otologist at Stanford University School of Medicine and founder of the California Ear Institute, the new system “is the culmination of a…

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Richard Einhorn, composer with hearing loss, will be keynoter at HLAA convention

AUSTIN, TX—Richard Einhorn, a prominent American composer whose own sudden sensorineural hearing loss motivated him to advocate for others, will be keynote speaker at next month’s annual convention of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) in Austin. Einhorn, who suffered his hearing loss five years ago at age 57, will address the Opening Session…

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FCC launches pilot program to allow 911 texting; approves real-time captioning app

  WASHINGTON, DC—This has been a big week at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for people with hearing and speech disabilities. Yesterday (May 15), the agency officially launched a pilot program in limited parts of the U.S. allowing people to text in emergency messages to 911 rather having to call them in vocally. Two days…

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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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Low-power microchip may open door to a cochlear implant with no exterior parts

SAN FRANCISCO—What cochlear implant wearers have long yearned for—an entirely implantable system without the external transmitter, wire, microphone, and battery that are now standard—appears to have moved a step closer to reality this week. In a paper to be presented February 11 at the IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, researchers describe…

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Nationwide survey asks consumers how they like hearing loops

Anyone who has used a hearing loop system with their hearing aid or cochlear implant is invited to click here to take part in a survey being conducted by the Hearing Loss Association of America to assess consumers’ experiences with loops.   By David H. Kirkwood Over the past decade, the Let’s Loop America movement…

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After leading ReSound and InSound to success, two entrepreneurs try something different

By David H. Kirkwood SAN FRANCISCO/SAN LEANDRO—Hardly a week passes without at least one announcement of some new device being developed to help people with hearing loss. Whether these products are categorized as hearing aids, personal sound amplification products (PSAPs), or assistive hearing technology, they nearly all have a few things in common: (1) Although…

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