Browsing: Cochlear Implant

We Can’t Make This Up: Starkey Korea’s “Proclamation Event” With Local Partners Med-El & Dongsan

Sometimes things cross our desk which make us bust out laughing. Today, we have this gem from Starkey Korea’s “Proclamation Event:” During the agreement ceremony on Sept. 9, the two companies’ CEOs ― Starkey Korea CEO Richard


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Time to buy Sonova: Over-reacting to a sluggish European market, a slightly softer–than–expected earning report caused Sonova Holdings (SOON.S; SONVY ADR) to tumble as much as 8.3% from the previous close of CHF136.70 (US$138.45) to as low as $125.89, before recovering to $129.03 for


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Four Simple Inexpensive & Free Steps To Speed Up Your Hearing Device Programming PC

 Nothing is more frustrating to a hearing aid or CI patient than to wait while programming due to slow PC response, usually centered around slow NOAH or other SQL database access, or when a Windows reboot


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We at The Hearing Blog have been banging the drum for residual hearing preservation after CI surgery since June, as the post-implant performance is much better, and there is a much lower risk of tinnitus.
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We at The Hearing Blog have been banging the proverbial drum for the benefits of hearing aid speech envelope preservation for some time now: Ear & Hearing just published a nice paper sponsored by Oticon on


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Sonova made a Big Splash here at The Hearing Blog, introducing the first 2.4 gHz all-digital "Moore's Law" 802.15.4 Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi radio chip, debuting in 2016… And we are quite


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In a previous article we stated you want to assure your surgeon will be using residual hearing preservation techniques to get the best performance, even if there is no residual hearing remaining, in order to keep


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Thirty Million Words book signing in Chicago by Dana Suskind MD will be on Monday, September 21, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Chicago Public Library


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Our 3,000 word article on Selecting a CI Surgeon where Best Practices are discussed has generated quite a strong reaction in both the comments and on social media, prompting this addenda to clarify a few items.
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The Digital “Moore’s Law” radio we first reported on in September 2012 will be the disruptive technology for wireless audio & data distribution to hearing aids & CI’s using the 2.45gHz ISM band via 802.11 WiFi


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Selecting a Cochlear Implant Surgeon

Hiring a cochlear implant surgeon for yourself or your child is just as important as selecting the right implant manufacturer, as the quality of the outcome is at stake. Unlike fitting hearing aids where the Best


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The Hearing Blog accepts no advertising so we can accurately report our findings without our judgment being clouded by financial considerations, such as retribution by advertisers other publications may face. While researching an article on selecting a


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In a previous article on selecting the appropriate Phonak Roger receiver, we urged that all hearing impaired children use FM or digital Remote Mic technology to give them the improved signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio to increase their listening ease, hence


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We at The Hearing Blog see some pretty dumb things in our travels, but this one out of Chicago where the pediatric audiologist uses an airtight-sealed earmold on a brand new Med-El Sonnet CI speech processor takes the


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Susac Syndrome1, 2, 10-15  is an extremely rare (1 in 6 million) autoimmune disease which attacks the smallest blood vessels in the cochlea, retina, and brain, causing these vessels to become blocked. This decreased blood flow causes


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We at The Hearing Blog recommend FM or digital “spouse mic” assistive listening device (ALD) use for all hearing impaired people, so it warmed our hearts when our friends at AudiologyOnline.com offered three outstanding webinars presented by Linda Thibodeau


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Sonova held their 2014 Capital Markets Day for European stock analysts on October 14th …And they were Not Impressed at all. First, expectations that new Phonak and Unitron “Venture” hearing aids would match ReSound/Cochlear1 and Starkey offerings with UHF digital


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Marvel Reveals A New Hero With Cochlear Implants, teaming up with NYC’s Children’s Hearing Institute Many of you remember the cool story from March 2013 about the hearing aid wearing super hero created by Marvel Custom Solutions


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Digital FM assistive listening systems are a step up from older analog FM systems, as interference has become a growing problem, especially with CI’s, in our increasingly crowded frequency spectrum. To that end, the Phonak Roger is a


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ReSound & Cochlear Wireless Accessory Compatibility

[SEE ARTICLE FOR LATEST UPDATES 4/17/2017] Over the last four years GN ReSound has released nine separate Unite wireless accessories for use with the Alera, Verso, LiNX and Enzo hearing aids, along with parallel models sold


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Nucleus 6 CI users in North America: The FDA’s Medical Device branch in Maryland has finally approved the 2.4 gHz digital wireless accessories licensed from GN ReSound according to this bulletin from Cochlear Americas, a full


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ANALYSIS: Advanced Bionics Will Be Harmed By Costco Selling Phonak Hearing Aids

As we broke the news yesterday that Sonova’s (symbol: SOON:VX) Phonak division will be selling premium hearing aids for $1349 at Costco “big box” stores in North America, a price that is about what dealers pay,


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BREAKING NEWS: Costco to sell Phonak premium hearing aids for $1349

Phonak, having seen the July 2013 expansion of GN ReSound’s Minnesota facility to handle Costco’s business, wants a piece of the pie and is joining them and Rexton in selling deeply discounted premium hearing aids to


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  We at The Hearing Blog are strong supporters of cochlear implants (CI’s); but this particular case of a recipient who has progressive hearing loss implanted with a short electrode hybrid at the University of Iowa


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UPDATED: Qualifying For Cochlear Implants: Were YOU Washed Out Due To Improper Speech Testing?

  We at The Hearing Blog have recently received several troubling reports of severe-to-profoundly deaf people who are clearly candidates for cochlear implants being denied in the qualification process, on the basis of improper speech perception


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Part and parcel for direct iPhone communications to hearing aids & CI’s is support for the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (“BLE”) protocol: Apple has had it in iOS for over a year; and now finally Google’s Android


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Breaking News: Cochlear’s new Nucleus 6 cochlear implant speech processor will use GN ReSound Unite 2.45 gHz wireless streaming accessories, rendering obsolete troublesome FM systems. Back in September we reported on Cochlear licensing GN ReSound’s 2.45 gHz


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Telehealth is coming to the hearing care profession, and it will be everywhere from a pediatrician handing you the Georgia Tech Remotoscope attachment for your iPhone to monitor your child’s ear infection, to the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre


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Moore’s Law, named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore from his 1965 Electronics Magazine article, posits that the number of transistors on a chip will double about every two years. This has mostly held true for the


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The Bluetooth 4.0 dominos are falling: Following up on our Apple Hearing Aid? Not So Fast…  post on Friday 14 September, we have this post from the Official ReSound Blog: Cochlear Adopts GN ReSound’s 2.4 GHz


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Book Review: Programming Cochlear Implants, by Jace Wolfe PhD and Erin Schafer PhD

The Hearing Blog reviews Programming Cochlear Implants, by Jace Wolfe and Erin C Schafer; Plural Publishing. ISBN 978-1-59756-372-7


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Setting Hearing Aid Maximum Power Output Using Stapedial (Acoustic) Reflex Thresholds: How using the stapedial (acoustic; middle ear muscle) reflex in the tympanometer (impedance bridge) can make for improved hearing aid and cochlear implant fittings; and


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New Research presented at the recent Acoustical Society of America research meeting by Dr Derek M Houston at Riley Hospital for Children (Indianapolis) shows how both listening and hearing is different for children who have cochlear


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Pianist and instructor Daniela Andrews unintentionally -- Yet so eloquently -- describes cochlear implant channel crossover, where the charge from the electrode buttons stimulate the wrong nerve endings in the spiral ganglion.


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have repeatedly reached out to AB media relations, corporate, and other individuals with requests for more information contained in their TÜV and FDA applications, specifically as to the steps they have taken in Engineering, QA/QC, and


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Auditory (Re)hab: The Missing Ingredient

Auditory Therapy: The Missing Ingredient. AR resources from MedEl, Cochlear, Advanced Bionics; Neurotone LACE; free pediatric resources from the John Tracy Clinic; a warning in a movie when AR is not done; and numerous other free


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BREAKING NEWS: Advanced Bionics lays off 150 employees in the wake of the FDA Recall, including longtime field support staff. Details to be posted as they become available.


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Failing Ugly II: More on the Advanced Bionics Recall, including new documents from AB on their failure analysis confirming our 10 December 2010 contentions on DC bias~


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The Hearing Blog is opening an investigation into the two confirmed, and nine (or more) possible catastrophic failures of the Advanced Bionics HiRes 90K cochlear implant (CI) electronics module in the last several weeks, resulting in


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