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 - General.

In October 2015, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) delivered Aging America & Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Hearing Technologies, which targets America’s worsening hearing loss epidemic. The report proposes a number of regulatory changes, at the level of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which PCAST believes will “decrease the cost of hearing aids, spur technology innovation, and increase consumer choice options.” 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 - 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