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Top Online & Insider Headlines in August

  • Sonova Holding (Phonak Holding) Pulls Out of GN Purchase
  • The Hearing Review homepage

  • Advanced Bionics’ Leaders Buy Boston Scientific’s Auditory Business
  • Phonak to Hold Pediatric Conference in Chicago, December 6-8
  • Stats Roundup: State-by-State Hearing Aid Sales in First Half ‘07
  • UHS Changes Name to AmpliSound; Moves Headquarters
  • Electrical Implant Steadies Balance Disorder in Animals
  • Rayovac Introduces Cochlear Advanced
  • UCSF Amplification Update to Be Held October 19-20
  • Brain’s Hearing Center May Reorganize After Implantation
  • AVADA Acquires Four Businesses in Columbus, Ohio, area

  • Sonova Holding AG (formerly Phonak Holding) formally announced that it has terminated the transaction to acquire GN’s hearing-related holdings, and also announced details for a share buy-back program. The news came as a result of a failure to overturn a German court’s objection to the $2.65 billion deal.
  • A 30-year scientific debate over how specialized cells in the inner ear amplify sound in mammals appears to have been settled more in favor of bouncing cell bodies rather than vibrating, hair-like cilia, according to investigators at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Nashville.
  • On August 9, Boston Scientific Corp announced that it entered into an agreement to amend its merger agreement with Advanced Bionics, which it acquired in 2004. It has entered into definitive agreements to sell the auditory business and drug pump development program to principals of Advanced Bionics, manufacturer of the HiResolution Bionic Ear cochlear implant system.
  • According to the July 2007 study, “Waking Effectiveness of Alarms for Adults who Are Hard of Hearing,” the typical audible signal used by smoke alarms failed to wake up 43% of tested subjects with mild to moderately severe hearing loss despite the fact that all were able to hear the 3,100 Hz tone when awake. Strobe lights woke up only 27% of the hard of hearing subjects. In contrast, a specific audible multiple frequency signal consisting of a 520 Hz square wave successfully alerted 92% of the subjects at the benchmark level of 75 dBA and alerted 100% at 95 dBA.
  • The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) has announced that it has purchased an office at 312 Massachusetts Avenue NE in the heart of Washington, DC—four blocks from the Capitol.
  • New research published in the July 18 edition of the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that cochlear implants may restore normal auditory pathways in the brain even after many years of deafness. The results imply that the brain can reorganize sound processing centers or press into service latent ones based on sound stimulation.
  • New study results announced by Dr. Daniel D. Rubens of Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle found that all babies in a Rhode Island study group who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) universally shared the same distinctive difference in their newborn TEOAE results for the right inner ear, when compared to infants who did not have SIDS. The study was published in the July 2007 edition of Early Human Development.

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