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Douglas Beck, AuD, Announces Retirement from Oticon

Douglas L. Beck, AuD, Vice President of Academic Sciences for Oticon, Inc, has announced he will retire in March 2022. Beck is a global presence in the world of hearing care. In more than 17 years of contributions to Oticon’s academic, clinical, and education efforts in the US and around the world, he developed into one of the hearing industry’s most in-demand speakers. 

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Neuromod Launches Ótologie Tinnitus Telehealth Service

Medical device company, Neuromod Devices Ltd, announced that it has launched Ótologie, a “specialist telehealth service for tinnitus.” This new service will provide tinnitus patients, throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, with a private care option to avoid waiting lists and give them immediate access to treatment from its telehealth service.

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Telehealth May Expand Access for Pediatric Hearing Screenings

Audiologists and ear doctors simply don’t exist in some rural areas. There are 696 audiologists in North Carolina, and just 122 of them have mailing addresses in rural counties, according to data from the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

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NIOSH Study Tracks Usage of Hearing Protection

Among all workers exposed to noise in 2014, NIOSH researchers found the majority (53%) did not wear hearing protection consistently. Industries with the highest HPD non-use among noise-exposed workers included accommodation and food services (90%), health care and social assistance (83%), and education services (82%). Additionally, some of the industries where noise is a well-recognized hazard, were found to have high prevalences of HPD non-use, including agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting (74%), and construction (52%).

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Cicadas’ Buzzing Sound Could Worsen Tinnitus

With this year’s return of cicadas, many will view the mostly harmless insects as an annoyance. However, the bugs’ high-pitched buzzing sound — which can be loud enough to drown out a jet plane flying overhead — could potentially worsen tinnitus.

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Synchrony’s CareCredit Solution Integrated into Sycle

CareCredit, a Synchrony (NYSE:SYF) solution and provider of promotional financing for patients, announced that it is now integrated into Sycle, a practice management platform for the hearing industry. The new integration is designed to help hearing healthcare practices save time, increase productivity, and provide patients with a financing option that makes it easier to move forward with the care they need for improved hearing health. 

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