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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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-+*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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-+*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 National Family


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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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-+*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 using otoacoustic emissions. However,


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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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-+*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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-+*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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-+*Over the last three 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 under GN’s Beltone & Interton brands,


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-+*Can Noise Impulses From Softball Hitting Negatively Affect Your Hearing? Editor’s Note: From time to time The Hearing Blog presents interesting guest articles for our Readers. Today’s post is the eighth in our Guest Article series,


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-+*Northwestern Professor Nina Kraus is someone for whom we have a great deal of respect, so when she editorialized that Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD) & Central Auditory Processing Disorder be viewed under the same “biological


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-+*Hearing Health Matters: David Kirkwood Taking Credit On The Blockbuster Costco-Phonak Story Where It’s Not Due. Imagine our surprise when our friends over at Hearing Health Matters dispatched an e-mail with this claim: Hearing News Watch,


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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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-+*The Hearing Blog has held off on publishing ratings on the ReSound LiNX “Made for iPhone” (MFi) hearing aid due to current drain issues, as unlike the #13-powered Starkey Halo, the original version was released only in their 312-powered x61 RIC


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-+*We at The Hearing Blog have No Connection to the new “Evil Audiologist” website, written by what must be a disgruntled insider, that has the hearing care profession buzzing: Like Southpark, it’s simultaneously funny, foul, …and occasionally informative. It


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-+*Warm greetings go out to our new friends in IT coming in via the WServer News Tip of the Week for September 8th! Connecting a CaptionCall phone to a simple encrypted WiFi network is relatively straightforward. However, we


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First Person Report: Not Everyone Can Adjust to Digital Hearing Aids After A Lifetime Of Analog(ue)

-+*Longtime UK hearing aid user Karen Stockton passionately describes in The Limping Chicken how what looks good on paper, namely that of “enhancing” audibility of sounds with the wide dynamic range compression (WDRC; technically logarithmic gain)


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-+*How the “secret sauce” in the Starkey S-series and the GN ReSound Sparx/Danalogic 6090 hearing aids can help ANSD, profoundly deaf, and other challenging patients… UPDATE 2: Our friend Jason Galster discussed this in 2012 in Prescribing Compression for Severe Hearing Loss in the


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-+*We apologize to our readers for posting this article, as we did not fully vet this story in our haste to go to press. Let’s just use the adjective “Glasshole” …and leave it at that. Since


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-+*Yes, you can safely wear your hearing aids to bed both for tinnitus suppression and environmental awareness: Here’s the recipe. We’ve been wearing hearing aids 24/7/365 without squealing when laying down… And you can wear yours


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-+*Your Friday Hearing Aid Humour For this one, look closely at the 51 second mark: If you thought that was funny, here’s Brian Williams talking to Jimmy Fallon a few weeks later —  Part 1 and


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-+*Learn how cables affect drive performance and get tips to help ensure your VFD system operates as expected …And not interfere with hearing aids, cochlear implants, and audio frequency induction (“hearing”) loop systems. By General Cable,


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-+*This caught our attention, and made us put on our gEEk hats over morning coffee: Starting at magnetic flux densities of 3 Teslas (3.0 Webers/m² or ≈2.4 million Ampere/meter with µ = µ0) the magneto-hydrodynamic Lorentz force, derived


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-+*UPDATE: Reuters reports Sonova has completed the acquisition of Comfort Audio. (October 2, 2014) Sonova Holding AG and Comfort Audio i Halmstad AB (Sweden) have entered into an agreement where Sonova will acquire 100% of the


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-+* Canceled! The Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder 2014 Conference will be held on June 18th 2014 at Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware with the aims of training professionals in the diagnosis and management of ANSD. In keeping


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-+*1. “Wait, so if you can hear me then you’re not actually deaf.” Deaf, hard of hearing… WHATEVER. Fox / Via gifhunterress.tumblr.com   2. When people silently mouth things to you. You’re so clever and funny.


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-+*The Hearing Blog has learned that Siemens will place their hearing aid division up for sale again tomorrow (Wednesday May 7th). 11:45 PM EDT UPDATE: Reuters reports that the hearing aid business will be spun off and


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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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