Posted by - PSAPs.

Is Apple secretly planning to launch an Apple-branded hearing aid? According to Apple Insider, there is fresh speculation that Apple is planning to sell "accessibility products" directly to consumers (via online and retail outlets) "sometime in early 2016." Details are still unclear, but Apple Insider and Ubergizmo have both speculated that Apple may be planning to sell Made for iPhone hearing aids along with other products, like Braille displays. Read more

Posted by - Regulation.

Today, the Federal Communications Commission took major steps to ensure greater access to wireless communications services and handset devices for the tens of millions of Americans with hearing loss. New rules and proposed rules passed today reflect a consensus-driven approach to foster accessibility for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing while promoting innovation and investment by the wireless industry. Read more

Posted by - Hearing Providers.

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) applauds the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) for its focus on using technology to remove barriers to care for the millions of Americans with hearing loss. ADA members are audiologists who have spent their professional lives evaluating, managing and treating patients with hearing and balance disorders. ADA is cognizant of the significant health implications of untreated hearing and balance disorders, and ADA wholeheartedly agrees that hearing loss is a public health issue that requires prompt attention. Read more

Posted by - General.

With January rapidly approaching, the countdown to the International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES) for 2016 is on. With each CES conference comes another round of CES Innovation Awards in categories like Wearable Technologies, Headphones, and Tech for a Better World. “Best of Innovation Awards Honorees” were announced earlier this week, and while no hearing loss tech was awarded the coveted “Best of” designation, there were plenty of interesting Honorees. Read more

Posted by - For Consumers, Regulation.

IEEE P2650™, or the "Standard For Enabling Mobile Device Platforms To Be Used As Pre-Screening Audiometric Systems," will undoubtedly become the defacto standard for all smartphone hearing-screening tests. The new standard will help IEEE achieve the goal of addressing the hearing needs of those in emerging economies, where diagnostic hearing-testing facilities, and hearing professionals, are in limited supply. Read more

Posted by - For Consumers, Regulation.

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology met on September 18th to discuss hearing aids and hearing technology. The discussion was led by Dr. Christine Cassel, MD, a leading expert in geriatric medicine, who suggested that “technology-based changes in Federal regulations … could make this [Personal Sound Amplification Product] technology more available and begin to promote more innovation in the market.” Here is a short snippet from Dr. Cassel’s professional bio, over at the National Quality Forum. Read more

Posted by - For Consumers, General.

Many public venues offer assistive listening technologies, such as FM, infrared and hearing loop systems, to help those who struggle with hearing loss. The Assistive Listening Device Locator, sponsored by Listen Technologies, makes it easy to find assistive listening technologies in your area, by highlighting local theaters, hospitals, universities, and other venues that are equipped with such systems. Read more

Posted by - Industry.

In January 2015, Siemens Audiology Solutions was spun off to EQT Holdings and renamed Sivantos. Sivantos currently designs and manufacturers hearing aids under many brand names, including Siemens, Audio Service, Rexton and A&M. They claim to produce "one of every four hearing aids being used world wide." They also run HearUSA.com, which distributes hearing aids through a network of ~2,500 "independently practicing hearing care professionals." Read more

Posted by - Donation Programs.

The Hearing Loss Association – Lakeland Chapter is launching a new program to offer the gift of hearing. This program will collect, inspect, clean, repair and donate hearing aids to those who need hearing assistance and are financially challenged. The Lakeland program is superior to many other hearing aid donation programs, in the sense that it provides more than just a hearing aid to those in need. Read more

Posted by - General.

After Tinnitracks recent win at the 2015 SXSW Accelerator, there was quite a bit of hype about their tinnitus-treating smartphone app. US-based tinnitus-sufferers were understandably excited by the news. Tinnitracks sounds like the real deal – the app is a registered medical product in Germany – and the software is based on years of neurophysiology and neuroacoustics research. We’d love to see some placebo-controlled studies on the app itself, but at this stage we can only *hope* their implementation works. Read more