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

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