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Noopl Announces Closing of Business

Hearing enhancement device developer and distributor Noopl has announced it is suspending the sales and marketing of its device. Launched at CES 2021 and honored with a CES 2022 Innovation Award, Noopl was a small $199 hearing accessory that clipped onto the bottom of an iPhone.

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Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL): A Status Report 2022

SSNHL remains a difficult problem to diagnose, manage, and resolve, say authors Douglas Beck, AuD, and Jed Grisel, MD. Although treatments for SSNHL include corticosteroids and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (preferably early after onset), there are no interventions with highly predictable successful outcomes. However, a variety of new therapeutic strategies are under investigation.

The LMH Pediatric Screener to Assure Appropriate Amplification: An Interview with Jane Madell, PhD

Pediatric audiologists Jane Madell, PhD, and Joan Hewitt, AuD, have recently modified the Ling Six Sound Test—which is widely used to ensure children hear all the sounds they need to with hearing aids and cochlear implants—so it now includes more information in the important speech mid-frequencies. Douglas Beck, AuD, interviews Dr Madell about this new test and its use.

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Hearing Aid Sales Increase by 37% in 2021

The US hearing aid market rebounded from a net unit loss of -18% in 2020, which was induced by the pandemic, to a unit increase of 37% in 2021—essentially making what would appear to be a full recovery. In fact, hearing aid sales in 2021 ended up an impressive 12% above pre-pandemic 2019 levels. Pent-up demand is likely to keep fueling hearing aid growth numbers in 2022 for both the private/commercial market and especially the VA.

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Hearing Aids Are Now Up to 109 dB!

The input-related dynamic range of modern hearing aids is important to know in order to prevent distortion and input-clipping of louder sounds in the environment. Typical loud input sounds are music and the level of a hearing aid consumer’s own voice.  

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40 Years of Consumer Comments: Will Hearing Aids Become an Integral Part of Our Bodies?

People who adjust well to their hearing aids, and rely on them throughout the day, often come to see them as an indispensable (albeit sometimes inconvenient) digital companion. As hearing aid technology advances and wireless devices become even more integrated into our digitally aided landscape of perception, this idea of indispensability may grow even stronger.

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Evaluating Apple AirPods Pro with Headphone Accommodations as Hearing Devices

Researchers from NAL provide objective measures that characterize the acoustic performance of AirPods Pro headphones. The results suggest that, while differences to traditional hearing aids exist, the device’s Headphone Accommodations provide amplification to help people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss hear sounds more easily and allow them to experience the benefits of amplification.

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Neuroaudiology: An Interview with Frank Musiek

Frank Musiek, PhD, is a renowned audiology researcher, professor, and clinician. His research has contributed to our fundamental understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and neurophysiology of the human auditory system, as well as tests of the auditory brainstem and central auditory pathway, at least three of which are mainstays in today’s clinical test battery.

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AI Assistant Improves Both Wearer Outcomes and Clinical Efficiency

To investigate the benefits of an AI assistant to support the individualization of hearing aid fittings, 58 hearing aid wearers were surveyed. The results showed Signia Assistant is perceived as easy to use and improves the fitting for individual wearers in difficult listening situations. Further, it increases the clinician’s ability to optimize the fitting more accurately to the individual and strengthens the provider-wearer relationship.

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FDA Proposed Rules for OTC Hearing Aids Extend Beyond OTC

The 114-page rules document published today in the Federal Register covers most aspects related to OTC hearing aid manufacturing, electroacoustic requirements, packaging and labeling, returns, and conditions for sale. In an effort to promote more consistency in the regulations and enforcement of hearing aid manufacturing and distribution, the FDA is also proposing several important changes that could affect the industry and state-wide hearing aid dispensing.

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