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 - Finding a Hearing Provider, General.

Knowing what I do for a living, my neighbor Jack contacted me to ask for help. He had been seen by a local audiologist and had some questions. As we sat at my kitchen table, I looked over his audiogram. The handout from his audiologist showed a table of four models of one brand of hearing aid with the prices of each model listed along the bottom of the page. In small print, the table listed 28 possible features, all of them related to hearing aid circuitry. As the price of the hearing aid increased, more features were listed as available. Read more

Posted by - General, Hearing Aids, PSAPs.

The center of the tech world finally seems to have discovered a technology that's already at the center of many people's lives: hearing aids. In recent months several hot Silicon Valley venture-capital-funded startups have emerged aiming to address one of the world's biggest consumer technology opportunities -- reaching the tens of millions of consumers with hearing loss who currently don't use hearing aids. 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 - PSAPs.

After posting the findings from our recent expert-analysis of the Soundhawk (Part I and Part II), we received a few extremely enlightening emails from the company's Chief Scientific Officer, Drew Dundas, PhD. We asked Dr Dundas if we'd be able to post some of his responses here on Hearing Tracker. He agreed to share some of his thoughts publicly, and consolidated his thoughts into the following text. All questions and comments should be left in the comment section, at the bottom of this post. Dear Read more

Posted by - PSAPs.

Last month we posted our analysis of the Soundhawk's performance in a hearing aid test box. If you didn't have a chance to read the review (and don't have time now), here's the bullet-point summary of the results: The Soundhawk provides amplification successfully through a range of pitches important for understanding speech The directional microphone system provides some signal-to-noise enhancement in the pitches that matter - works best in the "Indoor" setting We are seeing 5-7dB of noise reduction for steady state noises between 50-70dB The wireless mic system works well in quiet and in noise Read more

Posted by - Apps.

We received an email update last night from Kathryn M. Quirk, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at OtoSense (the company behind the smartphone sound alerting app). We were surprised to learn that OtoSense is involved in a number of other endeavors, beyond the scope of their app. The first, and possibly most impressive, bit of news is a new collaboration between OtoSense and the Battlespace Acoustics Division of the United States Air Force Research Lab. More specifically: the collaboration Read more