Long-time hearing healthcare editor David Kirkwood, who served as editor in chief and a founding partner of Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) and also as editor of The Hearing Journal for over 20 years prior to establishing HHTM, has announced his retirement. He published his final post on Tuesday.
Coming from the newspaper field, Kirkwood was well respected for both his journalistic skills and his knowledge of the hearing healthcare industry. In his most recent endeavor at HHTM, he helped assemble an impressive group of hearing care experts who continue to contribute their thoughts and blog posts on subjects ranging from hearing aid marketing to neuro-audiology. He also was in charge of the News Watch blog. Kirkwood says he looks forward to a retirement that will find him traveling the world with his wife, Annie, and living a life free of publication deadlines.
Taking over as editor in chief at HHTM is Wayne Staab, PhD, a founding partner of the blog and editor of its Wayne’s World section. Dr Staab has been a prominent figure in hearing healthcare since the 1970s as an industry consultant, clinician, researcher, and educator. He has published several books and papers, was instrumental in the development and launch of the Songbird disposable hearing aid and the Sebotek PAC, and is also an original member of The Hearing Review Editorial Advisory Board.
Brian Taylor, AuD, will become the new HHTM News Watch editor. Dr Taylor served as Unitron’s director of practice development and clinical affairs until quite recently when he accepted the position as senior director of clinical affairs for Turtle Beach/Hypersound in Poway, Calif. Like Staab, he has also been a well-respected educator and prolific author, including his frequent contributions to The Hearing Review. Dr Taylor also serves as the editor of Audiology Practices, the quarterly publication of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA).
Holly Hosford-Dunn, the other founding partner of HHTM, continues as the blog’s chief financial officer and contributor to HHTM’s Hearing Economics section.