Moe Bergman, pioneering audiologist and director of the first VA clinic, dies

HERZLIYA, ISRAEL—Moe Bergman, EdD, one of the last remaining founders of audiology, died on February 20 in Herzliya, Israel. He was 97. Dr. Bergman, a native New Yorker who moved to Israel with his wife, Hannah, in 1975, became involved in audiology in the 1930s, long before the term “audiology” was even used. In the…

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AAA joins the opposition to expanding HA specialists’ role in serving veterans

By David H. Kirkwood RESTON, VA—As was reported here on January 1, the Association of VA Audiologists (AVAA) issued a statement on December 16, 2013, opposing proposed federal legislation that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make greater use of hearing aid specialists in serving the needs of veterans with hearing loss…

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VA audiologists oppose bill to expand role of HA specialists in caring for veterans

By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—Citing “significant differences in the education and training of audiologists and hearing aid specialists,” the Association of VA Audiologists (AVAA) issued a statement on December 16 opposing proposed federal legislation that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire hearing aid specialists internally and to update its contracting policies…

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IHS unveils bill to enable hearing aid specialists to provide care to VA patients

     By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—The International Hearing Society (IHS) turned its Fit to Serve campaign up a notch last week with the introduction of federal legislation that would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire hearing aid specialists to provide care for veterans with hearing loss, tinnitus, and related conditions.…

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VA-funded study will test effectiveness of motivational tools with hearing aid users

PORTLAND, OR—When people are fitted with hearing aids, they often face difficulty in obtaining the maximum benefit from them. That’s why the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which fits more than half a million hearing aids a year on U.S. military veterans, is sponsoring a 2-year pilot study to explore if certain tools and techniques…

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IHS says hearing aid specialists are “fit to serve” nation’s veterans

By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC–Contending that the increasing number of U.S. veterans with hearing problems has outstripped the ability of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to meet their needs effectively, the International Hearing society (IHS) has launched a campaign to make hearing aid specialists eligible to provide to veterans with hearing evaluations and…

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Hearing aid sales growth slows to a crawl

WASHINGTON, DC—Growth in the U.S. hearing aid market shrank during the third quarter of 2012, according to the latest statistical report from the Hearing Industries Association (HIA). The 705,791 hearing aids sold by manufacturers in the past three months was just 1.0% more than in the same period in 2011. The picture was even worse…

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VA pilot program tests feasibility of expanded tele-audiology services

WASHINGTON, DC—The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched a national tele-audiology pilot program that it hopes will lay the groundwork for a permanent program to improve veterans’ access to audiologic care. In the pilot program, a computer network is used to transmit and regulate sound waves from an audiologist in one location to an…

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USMC re-emphasizes hearing protection

CAMP PENDLETON, CA—Nearly half of all U.S. Marines have some degree of hearing loss when they leave the corps, according to Mike Tianen, an industrial hygienist at Base Camp Pendleton. Therefore, the official U.S. Marine Corps web site, www.Marines.mil, reported this week, the corps is stepping up efforts to prevent “the few and the proud”…

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