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 - 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 - Smart Watch Compatibility.

When ReSound, Beltone and Starkey delivered apps for the new Apple Watch, they did a big favor for customers who bought their Made-for-iPhone hearing aids. ReSound's Smart app for its Linx2 hearing aids, Beltone's HearPlus app for its Legend hearing aids, and Starkey's TruLink Hearing Control App for its Halo hearing aids all let users change volume and program settings with a simple tap of the Apple Watch face. Read more

Posted by - General.

It all starts somewhere, and as time goes on, it gets worse and worse. And yet, because time is slow, life is busy and as humans, we are engineered to adapt and evolve quickly, the continuous decline goes on almost completely unnoticed. 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