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Empowering Patients with Personalized Compression

There is a strong case for personalization of compression for the individual hearing aid user, with research indicating large variation between individuals and situations in preferences and performance. Such personalization has, until now, been limited to complicated adjustments of gain and compression in the fitting software. In contrast, the new Widex MySound enables the user to personalize compression in a completely new way.

Three Specialized Lifestyle Models from Phonak: Audéo Fit, Phonak Slim, and Audéo Life

Phonak has added three specialized lifestyle models to its new series of Paradise-powered hearing aids, including Audéo Fit which provides the user with data about various health indicators, including heart rate, steps, and distances walked or run. The company also launched Phonak Slim, as well as the expansion of Phonak Audéo Life to all performance levels in the United States.

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Evaluation of Apple AirPods Pro with Conversation Boost and Ambient Noise Reduction for People with Hearing Loss in Noisy Environments

How effective are the Conversation Boost (CB) and Ambient Noise Reduction (ANR) features in the extremely popular Apple Airpods Pro? Research at the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) show an improvement in SII-weighted SNR of around 7 dB for a talker located in front of the listener in a noisy environment for the CB-on and ANR-100% condition.

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R&D Tax Credits: A Potential Tax Tool for Hearing Care Practices Branching into New Areas 

Created in 1981 to stimulate research and development (R&D) in the United States, the R&D tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar offset of federal income tax liability and, in certain circumstances, payroll tax liability.  Although widely used by larger businesses, the tax credit was specifically modified to also apply for small and mid-sized companies.

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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.

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