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CONFIRMED: Phonak says it will distribute hearing aids through Costco

On Sunday March 9th at noon we broke the story that Costco will be selling Phonak premium hearing aids for $1349 through their 500+ dispensing locations; and the next day we presented our Analysis on how it


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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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The Curious Hybrid (EAS) Cochlear Implant Recipient

  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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Friday Hearing Aid Humor…

I tell people who whisper in my ear that blowing into my hearing aids doesn’t work…


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NEWS: Researchers may have discovered a plan to disable Meniere’s Syndrome

NEWS: Researchers may have discovered a plan to disable Meniere’s Syndrome Original title:  Researchers may have discovered a plan to disable Meniere’s disease Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver may have


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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 testing


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Bluetooth 4.1 is coming on December 3rd, and it’s an improvement for hearing aids

  Bluetooth 4.1 is coming on December 3rd, and it’s an improvement for hearing aids and cochlear implants: Although not yet widely publicized, our friends at GeekWire have an exclusive look at what’s coming with Bluetooth


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Participate in a brief iPhone-based in-home study of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) for all ages

Do you or your child have Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), either with or without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? If so, please participate in a brief in-home study on your iPhone to determine if there is any


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iOS 7 default eye candy stuff-up triggers vertigo with hearing impaired & other users

  Apple’s “Parallax” eye candy in the default iOS 7 settings stuff-up is giving untold grief to people who have vestibulo-ocular-reflex (VOR) and other balance disorders: This article explains the effect, the underlying optical and physiological


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A Critical Review of the Evidence for Notched Sound Therapy as a Treatment for Tinnitus: A Summary  Editor’s Note: From time to time The Hearing Blog presents guest articles for our Readers to consider. Today’s article


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Jacob Landis’ Ride For Hearing Halted By Serious Hit-And-Run Accident In FL

Some of you may have been following the story of Annapolis MD resident Jacob Landis, who was on a 10,000+ mile bike ride to visit all 30 major league baseball stadiums to raise $1 million for


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  At 6:46 AM on August 28th, 2013, The Hearing Blog had its 100,000th hit. Going live in May 2010, we crossed the 50,000 hit threshold just this January 18th. Thank you for your support.


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Guest Article: Notched Sound Therapy as a Treatment for Tinnitus: A Guide for Hearing Professionals

Guest Article in The Hearing Blog: Notched Sound Therapy as a Treatment for Tinnitus: A Guide for Hearing Professionals Editor’s Note: From time to time The Hearing Blog presents guest articles for our Readers to consider.


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  Silicone ear  impression materials have two primary properties that hearing aid and hearing conservation professionals must take into account for each patient, depending on the texture and elasticity of the outer third, cartilaginous portion of


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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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The Acceptable Noise Level (ANL) test is a valuable tool both for hearing impaired people as well as for professionals, as it tells us how much distracting noise bothers the person. This now-free test provides both


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Yesterday was a sad day in the 34 year history of the Hearing Loss Association: Your humble Editor and his partner are paid Members in Good Standing, and took time off from work to fly to


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Guest article: Will the Mobile Medical Apps transform hearing healthcare? By Tarik Zukic Editor’s Note: From time to time The Hearing Blog presents guest articles for our Readers to consider. Today’s article by Tarik Zukic, who


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The Hearing Blog reviews "Introduction to Electroacoustics & Audio Amplifier Design" by Georgia Tech Professor W Marshall Leach Jr (1940-2010). This book is used as the text for Audio Engineering courses taught at universities in


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  How Not to Take an Ear Impression, filmed by BBC at Royal Berkshire Hospital: This YouTube video is so wrong, on so many levels! One of the ingredients in a successful hearing aid fitting is to start out with a


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Mark your 2014 planning calendar for June 26-29 for the Hearing Loss Association of America’s annual convention in beautiful Austin, Texas! Why The Hearing Blog is announcing the 2014 Convention site now: In previous years the Convention site was announced as


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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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Last year, the BBC reported that more and more hearing aid users are programming their own hearing aids. Today, British subject Robert Mandara lays out a compelling case for user programming in the first of his three-part


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First Person Report: Widex M-Dex Hearing Aid Streamer Woes

  Atlanta software engineer and applied mathmatician Rippah Ultmuncher shows in his stinging blog entry that although he is having great success with his Widex Clear 440 hearing aids, the same cannot be said of his


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London’s Deafinitely Girly shows how the Phonak SoundRecover hearing aid frequency lowering scheme totally wrecks music… And when convolved with the groundbreaking research at Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory that has connected the strengthening of the auditory cortex in


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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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On occasion we get very interesting reader comments; and this one from ReSound fires the first shot in the “Made for iPhone” War, Part 1 left by Hank is good enough to merit a separate article: I have the Verso


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GN ReSound introduces the Phone Clip+ Bluetooth streamer, the first “Made for iPhone” device on the market… And The Hearing Blog has the review, including the discovery of a bug in the companion v1.0.0 Control app (article


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HTC has rolled out an update to version 2.4.0 of its Hearing Aids app for the Windows Phone mobile platform. The app is a system tool for those of us who require higher in-call volume levels: Should you happen


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Fifth in our “Made for iPhone” hearing aid series Several people who wear 5-6 year old hearing aids have written in asking if they should wait the 6-9 months for the “Made for iPhone” hearing aids


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 Or, “when you’re up to your ass in alligators, it’s hard to remember you’re draining the swamp” Life of Pi has opened to deservedly huge crowds due to rave reviews; but what is the experience if you


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From time to time we find interesting articles by other bloggers we syndicate. This one is by “Deafinitely Girly,” who is an anonymous severely Deaf blogger in London who just got her first pair of hearing aids.


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The Remotoscope: The iPhone-based video otoscope from Georgia Tech that enables Telehealth for parents, school nurses, in-home caregivers, and hearing care professionals It warms our heart here when we come across a nice development out of the


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One morning last month started off over coffee with a Sherlock Ohms article in Design News Magazine titled Noise Messed With the Automation System …Hmmm, this looked interesting, so lets see what the problem was [annotated with my comments


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URGENT UPDATE: We just received a polite-but-panicked “OOPS!” phone call from a Starkey vice president… Turns out, this special Starkey PowerPoint presentation to the audiology students at the Academy of Doctors of Audiology annual convention wasn’t really for


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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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Individuals With Hearing Loss Process Sound Differently In Noisy Environments

  New research out of the labs at Purdue University is providing another crucial piece of the puzzle over just how sound in general, and speech in particular, is detected and coded for transmission to 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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What we at The Hearing Blog believe will be the foundation of the "Made for Apple" hearing aids by the Big Six hearing aid manufacturers, starting out with a discussion of telecoils and their shortcomings.
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Here is a list of articles that are "in the typewriter" at various stages of completion, pending research, verification, vetting, and lab testing: •Introduction to Electroacoustics & Audio Amplifier Design, by Dr Marshall Leach (with notes on


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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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Some of the search terms people have used to find The Hearing Blog: Advanced Bionics Recall, Adiabatic vs Isothermal propagation, Dr Shelley Borgia, Starkey AMP review, Advanced Bionics layoffs, Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, John Niparko, and


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FCC Updates Standards on Mobile Phones and Hearing Aid Compatibility: On April 9, 2012, the FCC approved a new technical standard for testing phones for hearing aid compatibility (HAC). After this new standard is adopted and


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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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The National Institute on Deafness and other Communications Disorders (NIDCD) 2012-2016 Strategic Plan is a four year roadmap for this agency. This article presents Science Capsules for Cochlear Implants & Hearing Aids, and also the Executive


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This is a two-part story on how The Hearing Blog editor Dan Schwartz scored a working clinical tympanometer for $25… And why it's such a valuable tool for both detecting Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, and


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At the ANSD 2012 Conference in St Pete on Friday, March 16th, Professor Linda Hood PhD presented on the Variation in Detection and Discrimination Abilities in AN/AD, and the Implications for Management. You can download her


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