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Biden Signs Order on OTC Hearing Aids to Push Competition

Today, The White House Briefing Room announced a new executive order aimed at promoting competition in the American economy. In the order, the...

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How Tinnitus Impacts Your Mental Health

People suffering with tinnitus have issues in three key areas related to mental health: depressive symptoms, anxiety, and issues with sleep...

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Apple’s Hearing Study

Here are the key findings from the Apple Hearing Study, which collected hearing data from thousands of participants across the US.

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Are Headphones Hurting Your Hearing?

Hearing loss from headphones and earbuds is an example of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). To understand this problem, it’s important to know...

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Osteoporosis and Hearing Loss: A Closer Look at a Connection

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that osteoporotic patients were 1.76 times more likely to experience...

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Can an App Improve Your Hearing? Signs Point to Yes

I tried the AudioCardio app for 6 weeks, and experienced some improvements in my hearing. But, were the improvements in line with those promised...

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Feeling Off Balance? How Your Inner Ear Can Cause Vertigo

Have you ever felt dizzy, weak and woozy? Or experienced vertigo, that troubling sensation that the room is spinning while you’re standing...

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OTC Hearing Aids Regulations to Be Published by 2022

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just published a notice of proposed rulemaking for OTC hearing aids in their Spring 2021 Agency...

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Bionic Hearing - The Incredible Hulk's New Super Power

Lou Ferrigno, the former professional bodybuilder and actor known for playing the title character on TV’s The Incredible Hulk, recently underwent...

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How Music Training Can Improve Life with Hearing Loss

Why is music such a good practice for those with hearing loss? In both researching the benefits of music training and seeing the results in her...

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Zoom Fatigue Provides Window to Understanding Hearing Loss

One silver lining of the pandemic is that hearing people have now come to realize what people with hearing loss have always known — concentrating...

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BeHear ACCESS: Interview with Alexander Goldin

We recently connected with Dr. Goldin to learn about three new features just released in the BeHear ACCESS assistive hearing headset.

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Hands-Free Phone Calls Coming to Made For iPhone Hearing Aids

Apple announced today that hands-free calls are coming to future generations of Made For iPhone hearing aids.

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Bose Hearing Aids Are Finally Here

After a long wait, Bose has finally revealed the Bose SoundControl™ Hearing Aid. Using a clinically-validated self-fitting process, the Bose...

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New Sony Partnership Makes TVs Easier to Hear

Sony's new SRS-WS1 Immersive Wearable Speaker now supports fully personalized audio to help overcome your unique hearing loss profile.

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The Hidden Economic Costs of Hearing Loss

The estimated total economic impact of hearing loss in 2019 exceeded $981 billion. This burden was largely due to lost productivity due to hearing...

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New Hope for Those with Single-Sided Deafness

Recently, there’s been interest in using cochlear implants (CIs) to improve hearing for those with SSD. Some studies have reported improved...

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New Podcast Raises Awareness About Auditory Processing Disorder in Children

APD is a neurological condition that disrupts the brain’s ability to process sounds, and it is responsible for the listening problems of a...

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Why There’s No Such Thing as Being “Too Young” for Hearing Loss

Despite stereotypes that people with hearing loss are elderly, many young people are born with or develop hearing loss. We learned about their...

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OTC Hearing Aids May Be Delayed Until at Least Mid-2022

The FDA's Spring 2021 Regulatory Agenda was just published, and over-the-counter hearing aids are not an agenda item for this session.

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TikTok Adds Free Automated Captions

TikTok announced today that they are rolling out automated captions for their app.

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3 Ways to Caption Almost Everything on Your Windows Computer

You can now automatically caption all audio from your Windows computer using freely available tools like Google Live Caption and Ava.

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Kids, Chemo and Hearing Loss: What New Research Reveals

A February 2021 study published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal found that children receiving cisplatin, a common chemotherapy...

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3M on Trial for Failing to Protect Hearing of Soldiers

Veterans claim that 3M knowingly gave soldiers defective earplugs. The company is now on trial.

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Exercising with Hearing Loss: 4 Smart Strategies

A recent study showed that exercise not only reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity, but it can also reduce your risk of or the...

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Hearing Loss and Depression: Are They Connected?

One in five people with hearing loss may experience the symptoms of depression. Fortunately, there is hope—and help—for those who seek it.

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Lexie Hearing Aids Promoted by Walgreens Find Care®

The Walgreens Find Care® digital health platform is now promoting hearing aids and a free hearing consultation with a Lexie Hearing expert.

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Working Remotely With Hearing Loss: Improving Communication

Factors like coping with background noise, loneliness, and listening fatigue can be especially challenging. Here, a closer look -- and ways to...

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Why Hearing Loss May Increase Your Risk of Opioid Addiction

Deaf and hard of hearing people are twice as likely to develop a prescription opioid-use disorder than their hearing counterparts. That finding...

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Can You Trust Online Hearing Tests?

Online hearing tests can give you a quick snapshot of your hearing, but do they really work? We asked the experts, and here are the 5 things you...

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Millions of People are Watching Earwax Removal Videos

Videos posted with the hashtags #earwax and #earcleaning have amassed over 1.4 billion and nearly 350 million views respectively.

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Struggling to Wear a Mask and Hearing Aids? Here’s Help!

Wearing a mask with hearing aids can be a pain. There are comfort issues, and a number of people have reported losing their hearing aids when...

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Speech in Noise: Some New Perspectives from Chatable

AI company Chatable have published a series of deep tech blogs direct from founder and CSO, Dr Andrew Simpson.

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Can COVID-19 Really Cause Permanent Hearing Loss?

Emerging evidence suggests there may be a connection between COVID-19 and hearing loss. We asked the experts for an update on the science.

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Steve Lukather: How One Rock-and-Roll Guitarist Changed His Hearing Life

Steve Lukather, the world-famous guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Toto, tells a story about the time he realized all that loud playing...

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Hearing Loss and Dementia: Are They Connected?

Difficulty hearing may also play a role in cognitive decline. This represents a significant risk for America’s aging population.

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Face Masks Make It Harder to Hear

Four hearing researchers weigh in on the challenges of hearing speech in the era of face masks. Some masks are better than others, and these...

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Lexie Lumen: IntriCon and hearX Partner on Direct-to-Consumer Hearing Aid Initiative

The Lexie Lumen is a slim-tube hearing aid manufactured by Intricon. The hearing aids are sold by hearX USA and cost $49/m.

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How Artificial Intelligence Could Completely Restore Hearing

Computers are now able to read lips and reproduce the speech. And Elon Musk wants to transmit hearing directly into your auditory cortex via...

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Production Begins on First FDA-Registered UV-Sterilizing Clear Mask

The world's first FDA-registered clear UV-Sterilizing smart mask has reached almost $4 Million in backing on Indiegogo. Delivery is expected in...

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Find Hearing Support Remotely With Teleaudiology

Teleaudiology, or eAudiology, is the practice of providing hearing care remotely using digital pathways, such as apps, video conferences and phone...

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AirPods Pro Become Hearing Aids in iOS 14

I have now tested Headphone Accommodations in Transparency Mode, and can confirm that it does work, within limits. The amplification is not 100%...

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Audiology Best Practice Standards - Incorporating Virtual Care

Professor De Wet Swanepoel, Dr Paul Dybala, PhD, and Mark Truong have a lively discussion on incorporating remote care into best practice...

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Interview with Giles Tongue, CEO of ChatableApps

Hearing better in background noise is the #1 priority for hearing aid users around the world, and your app promises a significant improvement over...

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Petition Asks Video Conferencing Services to Consider People with Hearing Loss

While video calls aid with lipreading, it is often still difficult to follow a conversation over video call due to poor audio quality and weak...

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COVID-19 and Hearing Loss

Deaf and hard of hearing may be at higher risk of getting COVID-19 and becoming seriously sick. First, deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) people may...

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Accessibility Strategies for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People in Remote Meetings

Like many of us in response to COVID-19, your home is now your office and/or classroom. If you’re deaf or hard of hearing like me, you may be...

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Coronavirus Puts Spotlight on Clear-Window Surgical Masks

Now, with coronavirus, more people are wearing surgical masks than ever. That's why it's time to take another look at an obvious solution that...

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“You Have a Quiet Voice for Someone Who Works in an Audiologist’s Office”

Talking to the receptionist at the audiologist office can often be a frustrating struggle for someone with hearing loss. It should not be.

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Starkey Unveils Livio Edge AI Custom Rechargeable Hearing Aid

Starkey’s new custom in-ear Livio Edge AI hearing aid offers flexible audio streaming from Apple, Samsung, and Google Pixel phones. Shipping is...

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Why I Advocate for Inclusive Design in Hearing Loss

I advocate for more inclusive design so that someone with hearing loss isn't excluded because of misunderstanding and lack of awareness of who we are.

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Hearing Doctors Respond to Queen's New Hearing Aid

The Queen's new hearing aid is seen popping out of her ear. More practice, or a custom-fitted hearing aid, may be required.

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Hearable Wave Hits CES 2020

A slew of intelligent earbuds announced at CES 2020 make it clear that it’s finally prime time for hearables.

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Bluetooth 5.2 to Revolutionize Hearing Tech and Drive Further Market Growth

A new research report from Nick Hunn predicts that the market for “hearables”—intelligent earbuds, headsets and entry-level hearing aids—will grow...

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App Enhances Speech, Reduces Background Noise Using AI

Singular Hearing’s HeardThat app uses artificial intelligence (AI) to alleviate the infamous “cocktail party” problem that afflicts millions of...

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HLAA Partners with American Girl

American Girl Donates $25,000 to Support Hearing Loss Association of America in Honor of its 2020 Girl of the Year™, Joss Kendrick

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Workplace Communication Tips for People With Hearing Loss

Workplace communication can be challenging for people with hearing loss, but there are steps we can take to increase our chances for success.

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Hearing Without Understanding Could Be A Sign of Hearing Loss

If you can hear people talking, but can't always make out what they are saying, it may be a sign that you are suffering from high-pitch hearing loss.

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How To Enjoy Thanksgiving When You Have Hearing Loss

With my hearing loss, I sometimes worry I will miss out on some of the Thanksgiving fun. Large dining room tables make conversation tricky,...

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Seeing is Believing—And Hearing

Anne McIntosh decided to develop the first clear-window surgical mask after she was unable to read the lips of the doctor delivering her first child.

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Three Benefits of Connecting Digitally With Your Audiologist

Phonak remote care lets you visit your audiologist, via teleconference, from home.

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How to Protect Your Hearing on the Plane

Loud airplane noise can damage your hearing, but like noise-cancelling headphones, noise-reduction earbuds can keep you safe.

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Apple Cracks the Intelligent Earbuds Market with AirPods Pro

Apple’s new $249 AirPods Pro earbuds are packed with advanced technologies, including active noise cancellation, a new hearing “transparency”...

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Dr. Cliff Weighs Hearing Aid Style Versus Substance

Dr. Cliff says manufacturers of premium-performance hearing aids are starting to cater to prospective buyers who ask, “What are these hearing aids...

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Will 2020 Be the Year Medicare Starts Covering Hearing Aids?

A U.S. House of Representatives committee advanced The Medicare Hearing Act of 2019 that would provide insurance coverage for seniors' hearing aids.

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Newsweek Survey Ranks Hearing Tracker #1 in Hearing Care

Newsweek Magazine has just named Hearing Tracker the number one hearing care brand in its 2020 survey of America’s Best Customer Service Brands.

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How A Gratitude Journal Helps Me Manage My Hearing Loss

Gratitude for the positive aspects of your life could help deflect some of the frustrations from hearing loss.

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Motion-Aware Hearing Aids Promise a More Natural Listening Experience

Signia Xperience hearing aids promise to let you experience sound in a more natural way, even when you're on the move.

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How One Company Is Rebooting the Hearing Aid Purchase Experience

Unitron has introduced the FLEX Discover platform to help guide new hearing-aid wearers through successful trials before they pay a dime.

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Android 10 Launched with Focus on Hearing Loss Accessibility

Google's long-awaited Android smartphone update is chock-full of major accessibility improvements for people with hearing loss and hearing aids.

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Paying for Hearing Aids: Tax Breaks from Uncle Sam

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply deduct the entire cost of hearing aids? Depending on your situation, you may be able to pay for hearing...

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Phonak Launches Marvel 2.0

Phonak continues to exceed expectations with its new Marvel 2.0 Bluetooth hearing aids.

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Dancing with Hearing Loss

If you have hearing loss, dancing can do wonders for your social life—and your health.

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Eko Stethoscope Helps Doctors With Hearing Loss

Eko Devices, Inc., has an amplified high-tech stethoscope that also performs instant electrocardiograms.

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Adam Savage: Hearing Aids

Adam Savage, a well-known Hollywood special effects creator and TV host, says hearing aids have changed his life.

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How to Protect Your Hearing at a Music Festival

Loud music can cause permanent hearing loss, but there are five easy steps you can take to protect it.

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How To Survive A Cocktail Party When You Have Hearing Loss

Here are seven tips that will make it easier for your to hear in a noisy cocktail party.

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What People with Hearing Loss Hate to Hear

When I ask someone to repeat themselves and get "oh nevermind," it makes me burn.

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How Phonak Achieved Universal Bluetooth Hearing Aid Connectivity

How Phonak solved the technical challenges of universal hearing aid Bluetooth connectivity.

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When Your Hearing Aid Becomes a Fashion Statement

Bluetooth connectivity and sleek design are starting to overcome the stigma associated with wearing hearing aids.

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Costco to Sell Philips Hearing Aids from Demant

Demant's partnership with Philips hearing aids appears to be getting off to a fast start with a presence in Costco hearing centers across the U.S.

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Does Chocolate Prevent Hearing Loss and Tinnitus?

A nationwide research study in Korea concluded that eating chocolate can help prevent hearing loss.

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Should You Include Family in Your Next Audiologist Visit?

Hearing loss does not happen to you alone. Consider taking your family to your next audiologist appointment.

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Live Caption on Google's Android Q is a Killer App

Google's Live Caption feature with the new Pixel 4 is a killer app that may entice iPhone users to switch.

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Starkey Hearing Foundation Turns Attention to Global Hearing Health

The Starkey Hearing Foundation has moved beyond donating hearing aids to investing in hearing healthcare infrastructure in developing countries.

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The Joys Of Noise-Cancelling Headphones With Hearing Loss

I wear noise-cancelling headphones almost everywhere now. Not only do they protect my hearing in the moment, they prevent days of pain and...

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Oticon Rolls Out Next-Generation Opn Hearing Aids

Oticon launched its next-generation Opn S hearing aid along with a new, premium-performance Opn Play hearing aid for children.

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Alango BeHear NOW and Bose Hearphones  Features Compared

Alango's BeHear NOW and Bose Hearphones are headsets that help people hear better in challenging listening environments. Here's how they compare.

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Five Reasons You Should Not Ignore Your Hearing Loss

There are serious risks associated with ignoring your hearing loss. You may be pushing people away, and there is a higher risk of dementia and...

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First Look at the Bose Hearing Aid

Hearing Tracker has gotten a first look at the FDA's documentation for the Bose self-fitting hearing aid.

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Veterans Sue 3M Over Defective Ear Plugs

Veterans are suing 3M over defective earplugs they say are responsible for causing permanent noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

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Advanced Bionics Makes Cochlear Implants Bluetooth-Compatible

Advanced Bionics is opening up the world of wireless, hands-free iPhone and Android smartphone connectivity to its cochlear implant patients for...

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How Should I Describe Myself?

Hard of hearing. Hearing impaired. Deaf. A little deaf. People with hearing loss or hearing aids used many terms to self-identify.

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Hearing Tracker Helps Consumers Find Affordable Hearing Aids in their Neighborhoods

Hearing Tracker has launched the first hyper-local online service to connect hearing aid shoppers with affordable local hearing aid fittings—now...

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Signia Adds Wireless Connectivity to Ultra-Slim Styletto Hearing Aids

Sivantos has upgraded its popular ultra-slim rechargeable Signia Styletto hearing aids to provide wireless audio from smartphones and other...

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My Hearing Journey Begins

After a couple of months with my first hearing aids, I'm ready to share my experience as I learn to live with hearing loss...

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Oticon's Opn S Hearing Aids Improve Speech-in-Noise Understanding

Today's announcement of its second-generation Opn S hearing aids, Oticon says it has come closer to the goal of enabling people with hearing loss...

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WHO Sets Standard for Headphones That Won’t Give You Hearing Loss

The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided that when it comes to loud headphones and hearing loss, enough is enough. Along with the...

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Meet the Deaf Developer Behind Google's  Live Transcribe App

Google's new Live Translate app may actually be the real-time speech-to-text transcription technology we've been waiting for. See for yourself as...

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Google Gets Serious About Hearing Loss Help

Google's new Sound Amplifier app Live Transcribe voice-to-text translation app aim to attract even die-hard iOS users to its Android smartphones...

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Lively Sells and Supports ReSound Hearing Aids Online

Direct-to-consumer Lively hearing aids offer comprehensive teleaudiology services, including web-based testing and face-to-face videoconferences...

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Why You Should Always Use a Microphone in Meetings

It is critical to educate people about the importance of using a microphone for all meetings. Inclusion should never be sacrificed for the sake of...

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Why I Finally Decided to Buy Hearing Aids

I recently learned that the average age of first-time hearing aid wearers is around 70. I’m a good deal younger than that, so how did I get here?...

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Do You Need Your Hearing Aids to Drive?

While it's not a requirement to use hearing aids when behind the wheel, driving with unaided hearing loss can be challenging.

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Alango’s BeHear Hearables Take On Bose Hearphones

Alango's $249 BeHear NOW headsets compete with $499 Hearphones from Bose.

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Phonak Launches The First Real Bluetooth Hearing Aid

The Phonak Marvel is the first hearing aid to allow stereo streaming from any Bluetooth-enabled audio device. Android, iPhone, MacOS, and Windows...

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Bose to Launch Self-Fitting Hearing Aid

Bose has received approval from the FDA to sell the Bose Hearing Aid, a self-fitting hearing aid, directly to consumers. No professional fitting...

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Big Changes Ahead in World of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are set to become a lot cheaper in the next few years. David Pogue (CBS) visits Starkey Hearing to understand the high cost of...

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How to Enjoy Dinner Time With Hearing Loss

The evening meal is the most social part of the day but can be challenging for people with hearing loss, with or without hearing aids.

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Signia Reimagines the Hearing Aid with Stylish New Design

With the launch of Styletto, Signia introduces an entirely new category of hearing aid, the SLIM-RIC (Slim Receiver-in-Canal). Signia expects this...

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Phonak Titanium Hearing Aids Are Now Smaller

The Virto B-Titanium is the smallest and most discreet custom hearing aid Phonak has ever produced. Compared to traditional acrylic, titanium...

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Twelve Signs That You Need Your Hearing Checked

Studies show that a huge chunk of the population has hearing loss, and many people are reluctant to get a hearing test that might confirm their...

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Why Don’t Doctors Routinely Screen for Hearing Loss?

In spite of the many health risks associated with hearing loss, most doctors don't screen patients for hearing loss at the annual physical.

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Signia Pure Charge&Go Nx  Review

I enjoyed the convenience of rechargeability, and found that the hearing aids performed well in background noise. I also enjoyed the novelty of...

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How Machine Learning Will Revolutionize Hearing Aids

Machine learning in hearing aids can deliver bette hearing in background noise, Improved sound quality and greater listening comfort.

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It’s Your Choice: Don’t Wait to Treat Your Hearing Loss

If you think you can get along just fine without getting your hearing loss treated, you’re mistaken.

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Walgreens Now Offers Hearing Aids at Walgreens Hearing Locations

Walgreens appears to be following competitor CVS with a gradual rollout of hearing aid centers across United States.

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Cutting-Edge Hearing Protection For Music Listening

Isolating your ears from background noise is a great way to reduce your noise exposure while listening to music on the go.

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Hearing Loss, Music, and Brain Health

Now research suggests that musical training may benefit those parts of the brain that underlie “selective attention” to speech. Musicians display...

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25+ Tinnitus Facts and Findings You Need To Know Now

What you need to know about tinnitus, the phantom sound of ringing in their ears.

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Patent Could Fix Hearing Aid Performance For Everyone

The US patent office recently published "Method of adapting a hearing device to a user’s ear." The patent is very exciting as it suggests a method...

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New Zealand Company Develops Remote Hearing Care Innovation

New Zealand-based company, Triton Hearing, announced in April that it would be providing hearing aid services to rural communities via the...

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Jabra Elite Sport: Wearable Earbuds with Hearing Aid Technology

With the introduction of its new wireless Jabra Elite Sport earbuds, the GN Group is starting to make good on its promise to cross-fertilize...

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Nura Claims Its Headphones

Nura claims that their headphones automatically measure your hearing, but as we can see, there are limitations to this technology if your hearing...

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