Hybrid acoustic and electrical implant system takes a step toward FDA approval

The following post was revised on November 15 to include portions of the FDA Medical Devices Advisory Committee’s position regarding the Nucleus® Hybrid™ L24 Implant System.   SILVER SPRING, MD—A public advisory panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Medical Devices Advisory Committee has given a favorable vote to a new implant system from Cochlear…

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Bone-conduction system makes people hear—willingly or not

    CANNES, FRANCE–Bone-conduction devices are most often used to help people who want to hear better but aren’t good candidates for conventional air-conduction hearing aids. This technology, which has been around since the 1970s, is frequently prescribed to people with conductive or unilateral hearing loss or who have abnormalities of the outer ear that…

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After a long wait, 3D ear scanning technology wins FDA approval

CAMBRIDGE, MA—About a year ago, Lantos Technologies Inc. of Cambridge crossed the Charles River to introduce its much-heralded 3D Intra-Aural Digital Scanner at the Hearing Solutions exhibition of the American Academy of Audiology Convention in Boston. The company said that its scanner used patented dual-wavelength algorithm technology that provided “the first platform capable of measuring…

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Dr. William F. House dies; otology pioneer developed the first cochlear implant

The following is based on the obituary provided by the House Research Institute.   AURORA, OR–William F. House, MD, who pioneered the cochlear implant, died at his home in Aurora on December 7, at age 89. “William House was considered the Father of Neurotology because of his pioneering development approaches for the removal of acoustic…

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Students’ concept for mobile hearing screening wins a global competition

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA–Someday, maybe soon, expect to see software that enables a mobile phone to screen a person for hearing loss and then wirelessly transmit the results to a medical database, where an audiologist analyzes them. This is the idea behind the Sana AudioPulse technology, devised by students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),…

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Starkey Hearing Innovation Expo draws 3000 from around the world

By K. Ray Katz LAS VEGAS–Starkey Laboratories, America’s largest hearing aid manufacturer, held its first-ever Hearing Innovation Expo January 4-7 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. Approximately 3000 Starkey customers from 27 countries gathered in Las Vegas for this unprecedented event. They were offered over 7 hours of informational sessions a day on a wide…

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Hearing aid wins consumer award

MINNEAPOLIS–Starkey Laboratories, the largest U.S.-based hearing aid manufacturer, has been named an International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its AMP™ hearing aid. This is the fourth consecutive year Starkey has been so honored, having previously won for SoundLens™, S Series™ with Sweep™ Technology, and Zon™. The CES is the pre-eminent trade…

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UnitedHealth division introduces low-cost hearing aids, sold directly to consumers

MINNETONKA, MN–Hi HealthInnovations™, a Twin Cities company, has begun offering hearing aids ranging in retail price from $749 to $949. The division of UnitedHealth Group said in an October 3 announcement that it will make its “suite of high-tech, lower cost hearing devices” available directly to consumers. It stated, “Similar hearing devices typically cost consumers…

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Free captioning service provides phone access to people with hearing loss

LOS ANGELES—A free service that can help millions of Americans with hearing loss communicate better long-distance was introduced September 22 at the AARP National Event & Expo. Sorenson Communications, a Salt Lake City-based company, announced the national launch of CaptionCall®, designed for anyone who has difficulty hearing on the telephone. Similar to captioned television, CaptionCall…

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New technology lets students in Alabama provide hearing help to kids in Guatemala

MONTGOMERY, AL—In a remarkable application of the fast-developing field of tele-audiology, students at Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) will help bring better hearing to children in Guatemala. And they will be able to do this without leaving campus. That’s because the AUM School of Liberal Arts has helped purchase equipment that will allow audiology students in…

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