David Copithorne

Content Director

David Copithorne is a longtime hearing-loss blogger and Content Director at Hearing Tracker. In 2002, he suffered a sudden and severe hearing impairment. Since then, he has dedicated himself to sharing the valuable information he has learned along his journey.

Cochlear Ltd. Implants for Profound Hearing Loss

Cochlear Ltd. is the world leader in hearing implants. Founded in Australia in 1981, it was among the pioneers who commercialized cochlear...

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Hearing Aid Help at Home: Remote Hearing Care and Teleaudiology

Teleaudiology enables your audiologist to make adjustments to your hearing aids remotely, without requiring an office visit.

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Coronavirus Puts Spotlight on Clear-Window Surgical Masks

Now, with coronavirus, more people are wearing surgical masks than ever. That's why it's time to take another look at an obvious solution that...

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Nuheara IQbuds² MAX and Hearing Aids Compared

A video by our guest contributor compares the performance of Nuheara's earbuds and Phonak's hearing aids at a noisy music convention.

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Costco Hearing Aids
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Costco Hearing Aids

Updated 22 July 2020

Costco uses its volume buying and distribution clout to offer lower prices for hearing aids than many private hearing aid practices.

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Beethoven Would Have Loved a Pair of Today’s Hearing Aids

Beethoven, the deaf composer would have grabbed the first pair of hearing aids he got his hands on, if they had been available in 1800.

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Starkey Unveils Livio Edge AI Custom Rechargeable Hearing Aid

Starkey’s new custom in-ear Livio Edge AI hearing aid offers flexible audio streaming from Apple, Samsung, and Google Pixel phones. Shipping is...

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Hearable Wave Hits CES 2020
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Hearable Wave Hits CES 2020

10 January 2020

A slew of intelligent earbuds announced at CES 2020 make it clear that it’s finally prime time for hearables.

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Bluetooth 5.2 to Revolutionize Hearing Tech and Drive Further Market Growth

A new research report from Nick Hunn predicts that the market for “hearables”—intelligent earbuds, headsets and entry-level hearing aids—will grow...

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App Enhances Speech, Reduces Background Noise Using AI

Singular Hearing’s HeardThat app uses artificial intelligence (AI) to alleviate the infamous “cocktail party” problem that afflicts millions of...

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Sonova Goes Direct with HearingShift.com as Sales Surge

Phonak Marvel Bluetooth-compatible hearing aids drove parent holding company Sonova’s growth in the first half of the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

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Seeing is Believing—And Hearing

Anne McIntosh decided to develop the first clear-window surgical mask after she was unable to read the lips of the doctor delivering her first child.

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How to Protect Your Hearing on the Plane
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How to Protect Your Hearing on the Plane

31 October 2019

Loud airplane noise can damage your hearing, but like noise-cancelling headphones, noise-reduction earbuds can keep you safe.

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Apple Cracks the Intelligent Earbuds Market with AirPods Pro

Apple’s new $249 AirPods Pro earbuds are packed with advanced technologies, including active noise cancellation, a new hearing “transparency”...

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Dr. Cliff Weighs Hearing Aid Style Versus Substance

Dr. Cliff says manufacturers of premium-performance hearing aids are starting to cater to prospective buyers who ask, “What are these hearing aids...

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Will 2020 Be the Year Medicare Starts Covering Hearing Aids?

A U.S. House of Representatives committee advanced The Medicare Hearing Act of 2019 that would provide insurance coverage for seniors' hearing aids.

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Newsweek Survey Ranks Hearing Tracker #1 in Hearing Care

Newsweek Magazine has just named Hearing Tracker the number one hearing care brand in its 2020 survey of America’s Best Customer Service Brands.

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Rechargeable Hearing Aids
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Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Updated 05 June 2020

So many rechargeable hearing aids have come onto the market recently, that some are calling 2020 "The Year of the Rechargeable."

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Motion-Aware Hearing Aids Promise a More Natural Listening Experience

Signia Xperience hearing aids promise to let you experience sound in a more natural way, even when you're on the move.

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How One Company Is Rebooting the Hearing Aid Purchase Experience

Unitron has introduced the FLEX Discover platform to help guide new hearing-aid wearers through successful trials before they pay a dime.

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Unitron Hearing Aids
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Unitron Hearing Aids

05 September 2019

Unitron is a leading brand from Sonova Group, the world's largest manufacturer of hearing aids.

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Android 10 Launched with Focus on Hearing Loss Accessibility

Google's long-awaited Android smartphone update is chock-full of major accessibility improvements for people with hearing loss and hearing aids.

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Bluetooth Hearing Aids
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Bluetooth Hearing Aids

Updated 26 May 2020

Shopping for a Bluetooth hearing aid can be overwhelming. Here's everything you need to know.

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Eko Stethoscope Helps Doctors With Hearing Loss

Eko Devices, Inc., has an amplified high-tech stethoscope that also performs instant electrocardiograms.

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Starkey Hearing Aids
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Starkey Hearing Aids

Updated 31 July 2020

Starkey hearing aids are the flagship brand of Starkey Hearing Technologies, one of the world's top five hearing-aid manufacturers.

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ReSound Hearing Aids
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ReSound Hearing Aids

Updated 31 December 2019

ReSound is the world's fourth largest hearing-aid brand and was the first to deliver Made-for-iPhone hearing aids.

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Oticon Hearing Aids
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Oticon Hearing Aids

Updated 30 December 2019

Oticon continues to build on a history of innovation delivering cutting-edge hearing aid solutions.

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Signia Hearing Aids
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Signia Hearing Aids

Updated 30 July 2020

Signia recently introduced the Xperience line of hearing aids, which includes the Silk X, Styletto X, and Pure X.

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Adam Savage: Hearing Aids
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Adam Savage: Hearing Aids "Freaking Changed My Life"

Updated 09 August 2019

Adam Savage, a well-known Hollywood special effects creator and TV host, says hearing aids have changed his life.

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Widex Hearing Aids
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Widex Hearing Aids

Updated 30 April 2020

Widex, a leading brand of the third-largest hearing aid manufacturer in the world, has a broad line of hearing aids serving the entire range of...

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Invisible Hearing Aid Maker Eargo Recruits All-Star Talent

Invisible hearing aid maker Eargo recruited top software, marketing, and finance executives who previously worked at Apple, Visa, and Tesla.

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Phonak Hearing Aids
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Phonak Hearing Aids

Updated 21 July 2020

Phonak is the world's largest hearing aid brand, a market leader and innovator in digital hearing-aid products and technologies.

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Costco to Sell Philips Hearing Aids from Demant

Demant's partnership with Philips hearing aids appears to be getting off to a fast start with a presence in Costco hearing centers across the U.S.

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Does Chocolate Prevent Hearing Loss and Tinnitus?

A nationwide research study in Korea concluded that eating chocolate can help prevent hearing loss.

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Phonak Marvel Bluetooth Hearing Aids Power Sonova Success

The successful launch of Phonak Marvel hearing aids with universal Bluetooth connectivity helped Sonova Group post increases in revenue and profit...

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Live Caption on Google's Android Q is a Killer App

Google's Live Caption feature with the new Pixel 4 is a killer app that may entice iPhone users to switch.

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Starkey Hearing Foundation Turns Attention to Global Hearing Health

The Starkey Hearing Foundation has moved beyond donating hearing aids to investing in hearing healthcare infrastructure in developing countries.

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Philips Launches Hearlink Hearing Aids Globally

Philips is entering the global hearing aid market with technology supplied by Demant.

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New Hearing Aid Tech at #AAAConf19

YouTube star Dr. Cliff, AuD, takes you on a video tour of the latest and greatest in hearing aids at the annual AAA Conference.

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Sandy Brandmeier Assumes Role of President, Sonova USA

Sandy Brandmeier has stepped up to the role of President of Hearing Instruments Wholesale for Sonova USA.

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Oticon Rolls Out Next-Generation Opn Hearing Aids

Oticon launched its next-generation Opn S hearing aid along with a new, premium-performance Opn Play hearing aid for children.

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A Design Revolution Drives Hearing Aid Sales

A technology and design revolution is transforming your grandfather's hearing aids into attractive consumer products that appeal to buyers of any age.

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Lantos Launches Next-Generation 3D Ear-Canal Scanner

Lantos Technologies is introducing an improved version of its FDA-approved digital ear canal scanner that scans the patient's entire ear in a...

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First Look at the Bose Hearing Aid

Hearing Tracker has gotten a first look at the FDA's documentation for the Bose self-fitting hearing aid.

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Veterans Sue 3M Over Defective Ear Plugs

Veterans are suing 3M over defective earplugs they say are responsible for causing permanent noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

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Advanced Bionics Makes Cochlear Implants Bluetooth-Compatible

Advanced Bionics is opening up the world of wireless, hands-free iPhone and Android smartphone connectivity to its cochlear implant patients for...

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Signia Signs Brian Taylor to Help Market its Hearing Aids

Brian Taylor, AuD, has joined the company as Director, Scientific and Product Marketing to help market its high-end hearing aids in the...

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Hearing Tracker Helps Consumers Find Affordable Hearing Aids in their Neighborhoods

Hearing Tracker has launched the first hyper-local online service to connect hearing aid shoppers with affordable local hearing aid fittings—now...

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Signia Adds Wireless Connectivity to Ultra-Slim Styletto Hearing Aids

Sivantos has upgraded its popular ultra-slim rechargeable Signia Styletto hearing aids to provide wireless audio from smartphones and other...

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Widex and Sivantos Create WS Audiology, World's Third-Largest Hearing Aid Company

Widex and Sivantos have completed their merger, creating a new global hearing aid company with a new name—WS Audiology. With combined revenues of...

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GN Hearing Reports Market-Share Gain in 2018

GN Hearing's ReSound and Beltone hearing aid brands continued to build momentum in 2018 on the strength of products based on its new chip...

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CVS to Close Hearing Aid Centers
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CVS to Close Hearing Aid Centers

27 February 2019

Hearing Health and Technology Matters (HHTM) is reporting that global drugstore giant CVS has decided to close all its hearing centers.

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Cochlear Ltd. Cashes in on Made-for-Smartphone Hearing Tech

Made-for-smartphone hearing-aid technology is helping Cochlear Ltd. sell more cochlear implants.

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Oticon's Opn S Hearing Aids Improve Speech-in-Noise Understanding

Today's announcement of its second-generation Opn S hearing aids, Oticon says it has come closer to the goal of enabling people with hearing loss...

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iHear Medical To Offer Hearing-Aid

Responding to the clamor for more affordable hearing-loss help, iHear Medical is planning to offer consumers pay-as-you go subscriptions for its...

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WHO Sets Standard for Headphones That Won’t Give You Hearing Loss

The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided that when it comes to loud headphones and hearing loss, enough is enough. Along with the...

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How Will the Widex-Sivantos Merger Impact Hearing-Aid Buyers and Sellers?

Is this merger good or bad for hearing aid consumers and the hearing health professionals who serve them?

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Meet the Deaf Developer Behind Google's  Live Transcribe App

Google's new Live Translate app may actually be the real-time speech-to-text transcription technology we've been waiting for. See for yourself as...

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Google Gets Serious About Hearing Loss Help

Google's new Sound Amplifier app Live Transcribe voice-to-text translation app aim to attract even die-hard iOS users to its Android smartphones...

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Lively Sells and Supports ReSound Hearing Aids Online

Direct-to-consumer Lively hearing aids offer comprehensive teleaudiology services, including web-based testing and face-to-face videoconferences...

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Alango’s BeHear Hearables Take On Bose Hearphones

Alango's $249 BeHear NOW headsets compete with $499 Hearphones from Bose.

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Walgreens Now Offers Hearing Aids at Walgreens Hearing Locations

Walgreens appears to be following competitor CVS with a gradual rollout of hearing aid centers across United States.

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Are Hearables Ready for Prime Time Yet?

The demise of two well-funded “hearable” manufacturers raises the question of when this new product category will take off.

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Jabra Elite Sport: Wearable Earbuds with Hearing Aid Technology

With the introduction of its new wireless Jabra Elite Sport earbuds, the GN Group is starting to make good on its promise to cross-fertilize...

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How to Buy a Hearing Aid
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How to Buy a Hearing Aid

Updated 07 July 2020

Buying a hearing aid doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. Don't get lost in the marketing noise.

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Can a Glass of Wine a Day Protect Your Hearing?

What is the relationship between alcohol and hearing loss? You might be surprised to learn that alcohol can be both protective and harmful to your...

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Why Apple Watch Hearing Aid Control is a Big Breakthrough

Tiny buttons are no longer a problem. You don’t need to carry an extra device. You can leave your smartphone in your pocket

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Beltone Hearing Aids
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Beltone Hearing Aids

09 January 2020

Beltone is a leading global hearing aid brand, with a strong retail presence in North America through 1,500 hearing care centers.

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