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Top Online & Insider Headlines in May

  • Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Introduced in Congress
  • Clinical Trial Initiated on Combination Hearing Aid-Cochlear Implant
  • Sonion Sells Part of Facilities in Poland to William Demant
  • New Findings Uncover Disparity in Attitudes About Hearing Loss
  • Scott Haug Hill Country Audiology Retreat To Be Held in September
  • Intricon (RTI) to Acquire Tibbetts Industries
  • Sebotek Files Lawsuit Alleging Patent Infringement
  • HEAR Act To Eliminate Exclusion of Hearing Aids from Medicare
  • The Second-Worst Diagnosis: YOU HAVE SPIDERS IN YOUR EARS!
  • Starkey Foundation Launches “Don’t Say What” Campaign
  • AG Bell Appoints Former ASHA Head Frederick Spahr
  • ASHA Sponsors NPR’s “Morning Edition”

  • Highlighting “Hearing on The Hill ’07,” Reps Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and Vern Ehlers (R-Mich) introduced the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act (HR 2329) in the House of Representatives on May 15, and Sen Norm Coleman (R-Minn) introduced the companion bill (S 1410) in the Senate.
  • Widex has opened a new Office of Research in Clinical Amplification (ORCA), ORCA Europe, in Stockholm, Sweden, under the direction of Karolina Smeds, PhD. The ORCA facility in the United States is located in Lisle, Ill (near Chicago), and is headed by Francis Kuk, PhD.
  • Of those suffering from hearing loss, 57% of women and 37% of men have not sought treatment, according to a new study funded by Cochlear Americas. The study also indicates men are more likely than women to say pressure from a spouse or significant other would prompt them to seek treatment for their hearing loss (35% men versus 14% women).
  • According to a recent survey conducted for Energizer, almost seven out of 10 consumers (67.1%) said they were concerned about experiencing hearing loss, but only 30% felt it was important to actually get their hearing checked. Furthermore, only 11.5% have had their hearing tested in the past year, making the other 88.5% overdue for a hearing screening.
  • AG Bell reports that 34% of babies who failed the newborn hearing screening did not receive a confirmation of a diagnosis after the initial screening—down from nearly 50% between 1999 and 2004. Additionally, nearly one quarter (23%) of babies who did receive a confirmed diagnosis still failed to be referred to early intervention services that could help them.
  • Avada reports that the company has increased net sales by 14.4% in Q1 2007 over Q1 2006. The significant sales increase has primarily been driven by organic sales, as well as recent acquisitions, according to the company.
  • The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA, formerly Self Help for Hard of Hearing People) has reached a consensus agreement with the wireless industry on increasing the accessibility of wireless telephones over the next few years.

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