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Barron’s: The Very Mixed Reality of Bragi’s Dash Wireless Headphones

Bragi's wireless ear pods reviewed by Tiernan Ray show the platform has a long way to go.


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Bragi Brings Real-Time Translation To Hearables

Two years ago Phonak released an April Fools video of "teen-speak" which translates slang into proper English… And today in NYC hearable manufacturer Bragi brought it to reality, with new compatibility with iTranslate, the popular translation


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Two Study Findings Call ABR’s Into Question For Detecting Vestibular Schwannomas

A recently-released Danish study shows the auditory brainstem evoked response (ABR) test only detects 77-80% of vestibular schwannomas (VS; acoustic neuroma), and a recent Mass Eye & Ear study seems to explain why by detailing a


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Guest Article: On Aliasing, Shannon, Nyquist and Bell Labs, by Cecilia Casarini

Today’s Guest Article is by Cecilia Casarini, who is a PhD researcher in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Her article is on the subject of Bell Labs, their legendary scientists Claude


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May Is Better Hearing Month: Get Your Free Hearing Health Checkup! #BHSM

You get your vision & dental health checked annually, so you should also get your hearing health checked every year as well. May is Better Hearing & Speech Month, and almost every hearing care professional offers


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DFW Father & Son Hearing Aid Dealers Terry Lynn & Rocky Freeland Anderson Charged In $16 Million Insurance Fraud Scheme

Indictments were returned by a federal grand jury in Dallas charging Terry Lynn Anderson, 66, and Rocky Freeland Anderson, 36, of Dallas, with offenses related to their participation in an insurance fraud scheme, announced John Parker,


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Former Starkey/Northland Hearing CEO Jeffrey Longtain Pleads Guilty to Income Tax Evasion; Will Flip on Co-conspirators

Starkey's Northland Hearing Center division CEO Jeffrey Longtain signed a plea agreement outlined in a previous felony information court filing last Thursday, April 20th to one count of income tax evasion; agreeing to forfeit $2.3 million


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Former Starkey/Northland Hearing CEO Jeffrey Longtain Pleads Guilty to Income Tax Evasion

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Former Starkey Exec Longtain Charged With Tax Evasion; Ruzicka Alleges Austin’s Bizarre Behavior

Fun Times this week in the Starkey Swamp: New court filings allege Bill Austin told workers that after he shot a deer dead, the animal asked him, "Why did you shoot me?" and asked him not


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#FakeNews: Hearing Health Matters Omits Top School From US News Rankings

Every year US News ranks the now-74 AuD (clinical doctorate) programs, and the folks at Hearing Health Technology Matters writes a summary, so imagine our surprise that top–ranked University of Texas–Dallas' Callier School was not on


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Head Of Starkey Subsidiary Northland Hearing Jeffrey Longtain Charged With Felony Tax Evasion: Updated

Head Of Starkey Subsidiary Northland Hearing Jeffrey Longtain Charged With Felony Tax Evasion: Single charge was outlined in a felony "information" court report, which is sometimes used in plea bargains with coöperating witnesses.


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WikiLeaks, DCLeaks & Guccifer 2.0 Leaked Clinton Documents and Starkey

The Hearing Blog scours the WikiLeaks, DCLeaks, and Guccifer 2.0 treasure trove of e-mails for any connections to Starkey Hearing Technologies and the Starkey Hearing Foundation.


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BREAKING: Starkey Probe That Resulted in Execs Embezzlement Indictments Originated With Betrayal

The picture from the Starkey swamp is becoming somewhat clearer now that the 29 search warrants against the fired executives have been unsealed, as the story of clashing egos is unfolding. However, we need help with


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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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INDICTED! Former Starkey Execs Ruzicka, Nelson, Miller Charged with Embezzling $20 Million

The mud is flying in the Starkey swamp! Three former Starkey execs plus two more at hearing aid component supplier Sonion were just indicted for embezzlement, mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, financial


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Sonova Stock Hits 52-Week High

Three months ago we advised our readers to buy Sonova (SOON.S; SONVY ADR) stock when the market over-reacted to a slightly weaker-than-expected earnings report, dropping as low as US$125.89. Today, it hit the 52 week


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In recent years both former Presidents Clinton and Bush have attended Starkey Hearing Foundation’s annual star-studded “Awards” Gala, and both have received millions in dollars for their respective “foundations,” the latter under an FBI money laundering


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Our good friends at Hearing Tracker asked us to ask our readers to take this very brief survey on how long their hearing aid batteries last. Thank you! If you haven’t visited Dr Abram Bailey’s site yet,


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He's been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Amber Heard. But for now that shouldn't be a problem for Johnny Depp, who was pictured in Portugal at a Starkey Hearing Foundation mission on


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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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In what can only be described as a case of yet another European business overpaying for American assets, GN Store Nord’s ReSound division purchased the Audigy buying group for $91 million, with Bloomberg Technology reporting another


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With great sadness we report the sudden passing yesterday of Dr John Niparko, one of the very finest CI surgeons in the world; and quite a friend of the hearing impaired community. We don’t have any


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Where Have All the Ear Infections Gone? Author Perri Klass MD discusses the factors leading to the downward trend. What’s more, iPhone–based telehealth is already playing a role with otitis media diagnosis and management with the Cellscope


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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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Former Starkey CEO Jerry Ruzicka just filed a whistleblower lawsuit, claiming owner Bill Austin and his family improperly used millions of dollars of company money, and which is the subject of one FBI investigation. Significantly revealed


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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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This article excerpts parts of the Pew Research Report "From Telephone to the Web: The Challenge of Mode of Interview Effects in Public Opinion Polls" which apply to MarkeTrak VIII and how these factors, among others


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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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BREAKING IN THE HEARING BLOG: FBI Raids Former Starkey Prez Jerry Ruzicka's Home


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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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Today's Guest Article is on 2.45 gHz streaming audio by 802.11 WiFi as well as 802.15.4 Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy ("BLE"), and the various ways both protocols coexist side-by-side both for audio streaming and control. This


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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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Former Starkey President Jerry Ruzicka and Operations VP filed their wrongful termination lawsuits Friday, and there are some new details of the palace coup by Brandon Sawalich. However, as we wrote in our exclusive last Friday,


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Some confusion surrounds the story we broke last Friday on the criminal money laundering probe into both Starkey Hearing Technologies and the Starkey Hearing Foundation, and with the help of a late July investigation by Minnesota


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Some confusion surrounds the story we broke last Friday on the criminal money laundering probe into both Starkey Hearing Technologies and the Starkey Hearing Foundation, and this article will attempt to explain what it means for


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In early June as the full picture was emerging of the sleaze of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation money laundering and influence peddling operation, we connected the dots back to Bill Austin and his


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Buried on page 3 of this EE Times article on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) on their 10nM prep & 16 nM tuning, we find this throwaway sentence: "In addition, it will expand its capabilities in


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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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Wednesday September 9th was an eventful day at Starkey when Bill Austin's stepson Brandon Sawalich engineered a palace coup with at least six firings, including President Jerry Ruzicka, CFO Scott Nelson, Senior VP of Operations Keith


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Starkey fires President Jerry Ruzicka, Senior VP of Operations Keith Guggenberger, CFO Scott Nelson, Senior VP of Human Resources Larry Miller, executive assistants Julie Miller and Kim Mohlis; on September 13 Austin fired Jeff Longtain,


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Today’s article is written by Peter Phua, M.D., a graduate of McMaster University’s medical program. This is Dr Phua’s third contribution on tinnitus to The Hearing Blog, his previous Guest Articles being Notched Sound Therapy as


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Editor’s Note: We had a publishing bug; so please see Guest Article: What Are The Most Common Tinnitus Frequencies?


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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 Apple Watch has been a huge success for people interested in keeping up with their health, fitness and wellness. From reminding you to move around if you’ve been sitting for too long to telling you


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Today's Guest Article "Why Invisible Hearing Aids Don't Make You Happy" by Gianluca Trombetta is on why it's A Bad Idea to wear invisible hearing aids. Our own opinion is that tiny completely-in-canal and other custom


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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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“On day one of medical school we learned that you have to respect the tissue.” ~Daniel Coelho MD During our 1½ day training session at Oticon USA’s headquarters last week, we were made aware of their excellent


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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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HIA’s MarkeTrak IX Elegantly Smashed to Pieces by Amyn Amlani

New economic analysis by UNT Professor Amyn Amlani published in the euphemistically-titled "Assessing the Validity of MarkeTrak IX Adoption Rates" elegantly smashes to pieces the fatally flawed MarkeTrak IX "study" spewed forth by Hearing Industries


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The Clinton Foundation's sleaze has extended to well-known hearing charity: We simply present the documentation and photos, and let the reader draw his or her own conclusions…


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GN ReSound shipped version 3.8.1 of their Aventa programming software to upgrade the firmware for the Enzo, LiNX, and LiNX² for Android compatibility; and once again, for the second time in three months this vital piece of software


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You get your vision & dental health checked annually, so shouldn’t you get your hearing health checked every year as well? May is Better Hearing & Speech Month, and almost every hearing care professional offers free screenings as


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Distinguished University of Tennessee Audiology researcher Anna K Nabelek PhD passed away Saturday, May 2nd at the age of 81. From her obituary in the Knoxville News-Sentinal: Anna [Karczewska-Nabelek] graduated with a Ph.D. degree in acoustics from


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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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More On The Defective HIA MarkeTrak 9 “Study”

After we published our article on how we believe the new MarkeTrak 9 survey is a “steaming pile of manure,” a loyal reader pointed us to a highly relevant Pew Research Center study on Older Adults


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HIA’s MarkeTrak 9: A Steaming Pile Of Manure

The Hearing Industries Association trade group's Better Hearing Institute didn't like the results former director Sergei Kochkin PhD was finding in his MarkeTrak 1 through 8 research using a panel of 60,000 homes via the well-respected


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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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Several weeks ago our longtime friend Dr Bob Martin published the very helpful How to Design a “Maximum Hearing” Program for Sharon the schoolteacher who has a moderately severe hearing loss; but it’s worth deconstructing just why Sharon


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Lots of Good Stuff coming out today from Advanced Bionics, Phonak, and Med-El: Advanced Bionics will finally add Wi-Fi to it’s new speech processor; Phonak will add “Teen-Speak” technology to their hearing aids; MED-EL Announces New


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We have now received the third confirmation Starkey is selling their hearing aids in the 10 South Korean Costco dispensing locations, at least up to May of 2014 — And significantly after Bill Austin publicly said he wouldn’t.


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We at The Hearing Blog have confirmed through multiple sources that GN ReSound will make their premier LiNX hearing aid available at Costco starting April 1st, after just having launched the LiNX² series, maintaining their “policy”


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Does Starkey owner Bill Austin believe the media and his customers are stoopid, and expect that we at The Hearing Blog would not uncover his selling Starkey brand hearing aids at the 10 Costco stores in South Korea?


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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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Normally we at The Hearing Blog shy away from world events; however this development is so dangerous — and cuts across all party lines — that we had to bring it to the attention of our Readers,


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In yet another blow to Siemens’ new owners, hearing aid manufacturer and retailer Sonova is taking advantage of the surge in the Swiss Franc against the Euro to snap up 100% of Hamburg-based Hansaton Akustik GmbH, along


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Much has been written about just what colors #TheDress are, whether it’s blue & black, or like we first saw it, white and gold. We’re going to have a little Friday fun and show how this actually


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Uh Oh! Here Comes Noise-Induced Cochlear Synaptopathy …And It Just May Up-End Everything We Know About Hearing Conservation

For several decades damage from noise-induced hearing loss has been monitored using threshold sensitivity measurements recorded on the conventional pure tone audiogram; and more recently, measuring damage to the delicate outer hair cells in the cochlea


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Do they think people are stoopid? Changing the address from one driveway to another for the corner lot at Schoolhouse Road & Cottontail Lane in Somerset NJ does not make Wm Demant’s YourHearing.com — Their answer to Phonak’s Hearing Planet


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The FM assistive listening system is one of the most powerful weapons in the arsenal against deafness, especially with children, which is why many experts as well as we at The Hearing Blog believe it should


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Our Good Friend Jason Galster PhD at Starkey publishes the Starkey Evidence Blog, which provides valuable information for those smart enough to read it. One of the hot topics here on The Hearing Blog has been


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Marion Downs (January 26, 1914 – November 13, 2014)

World Leading Paediatric Audiology advocate and professional Marion Downs died peacefully in her sleep this morning in Colorado, at the age of 100. May G-d richly reward her for the many generations encompassing tens, perhaps hundreds of


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Bugfix Firmware Update For All ReSound LiNX & Enzo Hearing Aids… And They Screwed The Pooch With The Updater

If you own ReSound LiNX, Enzo or UP Smart, or corresponding Beltone First or Boost¹ hearing aids shipped before October 27th, contact your hearing aid professional for a free firmware update to address iOS connection problems,


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Siemens Audiology Sold To EQT Partners for US$2.7 Billion; Sale Closes 1Q15

From the NY Times Dealbook: Siemens, the German engineering conglomerate, said on Thursday that it had agreed to sell its hearing aid unit to the European private-equity firm EQT Partners and the Strüngmann family of Germany


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If you or a loved one owns Unitron  Moxi2 or Quantum2 hearing aids, there is now a free performance Flex:upgrade offer for devices purchased before July 31st, 2014, so call your hearing aid professional today to take advantage of this free offer.


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  Halloween Hearing Humour: Earwax Q-Tip Treats, using mini marshmallows with peanut butter or Nutella. Hat tip: Miss Kaitlyn Toner, who is an AuD student at Washington University in St Louis. Click picture to open up


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“Bold” Claim By Siemens On Binax Hearing Aid Performance In Noise

Update 2 (November 3rd): The “Tech Topic” article titled Clinical Results with a New Wireless Binaural Directional Hearing System by Thomas A Powers PhD and Matthias Froehlich PhD of Siemens Audiology Systems has been released by


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The Hearing Blog has discovered that Phonak has just cut off all 7,000 hearing aid dispensers in the United States in their new licensing agreement for their Target 4.0 programming software, required to access the new


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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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