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
One of the most frustrating things about having a severe hearing loss since childhood – aside from having trouble hearing – has been the high cost of hearing aids. Not only do hearing aids typically cost thousands of dollars per pair, but so many health insurance plans, including Medicare, do not provide any coverage for hearing aids at all. Nevertheless, as an adult working in financial planning, I have also learned that there are a few tax breaks and pre-tax savings plans that can help ease the cost of purchasing hearing aids. Read more
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.
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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
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
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) recently invited us to do a webinar on best practice hearing care. We covered a number of topics, including: The problem with hearing care, What to look for in a hearing provider, Understanding hearing aid features, How to improve your care with Hearing Tracker Read more
The not-for-profit "National Hearing Test" is a phone-based service that allows anyone to call in and quickly test their hearing, for the small fee of $5. Skeptical? National Hearing Test a public service that has no financial connection with any hearing products or services.
It is no wonder so many of us avoid having our hearing tested, even if we suspect we might need help. We’re confused about where to get an unbiased hearing test, who should perform it and how much it will cost. Not to Read more