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The HIA Industry News helps keep readers informed of legislation impacting hearing health, hearing aid technology innovations, updates on hearing device manufacturing companies, and more.


June 10, 2020 – The Hearing Review

Results of the Covid-19 Impact Survey #3 (May 13-22) for Hearing Healthcare Practices
Hearing healthcare practices made good progress toward recovery in May and look to do significantly better in June, according to results from The Hearing Review’s Covid-19 Impact Survey #3, which was conducted from May 13-22, 2020 (just prior to the US Memorial Day holiday weekend).


June 8, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters

Starkey Chief Health Officer, Dr. Archelle Georgiou, Co-Authors JAMA Study on COVID-19
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a peer-reviewed medical journal, has published new research from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management that shows an association between the implementation of statewide stay-at-home orders and a reduction in the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19.


June 5, 2020 – The Hearing Review
Diabetes and Hearing
More than 34 million people (about 1 in 10 US residents) have diabetes and another 88 million (a third of the population) have pre-diabetes, and hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don’t have the disease.


June 2, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Does Hearing Loss Increase Risk of Exposure and Infection from COVID-19?
A study published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS) found that loud speaking causes an increased number of respiratory droplets in the air, ones that may spread COVID-19.


June 1, 2020 – The Hearing Review
Age-related Hearing Loss May Reorganize Brain’s Sensory Areas
A mouse study by a team of researchers at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany showed that gradual hearing loss typically experienced in old age may cause a reorganization of brain areas in the cortex and hippocampus, potentially causing impaired memory.


May 21, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Design Thinking, Hearing Healthcare, and the New Normal: Using Empathize to Identify Barriers and Opportunities
As we look to the future, the recent experiences have shed light on the critical need for refined diagnostic and treatment protocols. As these protocols are created and tested, the objective should be to utilize iterative steps to ensure the service delivery assumptions, and the alternative strategies and solutions, are synergized to include the needs and values of the provider and the user.


May 21, 2020 – The Hearing Review
Sonova Announces New Brand Ambassador, Volleyball Player Natália Martins
The 35-year-old has had profound hearing loss since childhood and wears hearing aids from Sonova brand, Phonak. In Brazil, she is the “first volleyball player with hearing loss to play at professional level and to make it into her country’s national team.”


May 19, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Hearing Aid Repair Survey Results
Recently, Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) conducted a survey of hearing professionals regarding their experience with hearing aid maintenance and repair over the past year (2019), prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.


May 19, 2020 – MassDevice
Cochlear wins FDA approval to lower age to implant to 9 months
Cochlear Ltd. has received FDA approval to lower the age of cochlear implantation to nine months for children. The new approval lowers the age from the original 12 months for children with bilateral, profound sensorineural hearing loss.


May 19, 2020 – The Hearing Review
Warren and Rice Advocate for Seniors to Have Ready Access to Audiological Care in COVID-19 Packages
United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congressman Tom Rice (R-S.C.) led a letter, along with Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Congressman Darren Soto (D-Fla.), Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), to House and Senate leadership urging them to include provisions of the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (H.R. 4056/S. 2446) in upcoming COVID-19 packages to enable vulnerable seniors to readily access critical hearing and balance healthcare services, and allow audiologists to be better deployed to serve them.


May 18, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Starkey Livio AI Hearing Aids Win Silver Stevie Award
Created in 2002 and judged by 200 executives across the U.S., the Stevie® Awards recognize excellence in the workplace. During the evaluation process, judges noted, “The list of features of Livio AI is astounding. Starkey is taking great steps towards more inclusive living for hearing impaired individuals.”


May 15, 2020 – MarketScreener
WSA announces Søren Westh Lonning as new Group CFO
WS Audiology A/S today announces Søren Westh Lonning as its new Group CFO. He will take over from Henrik Skak Bender, who is leaving the Company for family reasons.


May 14, 2020 - Globenewswire
Introducing the New Remote Care from Signia: A Breakthrough Remote Hearing Care Program
As social distancing and self-quarantines have become the norm in the face of COVID-19, individuals with hearing loss may find it difficult to get the help they need. Responding to this reality, hearing aid innovation leader Signia announces the introduction of Remote Care, a new program enabling hearing care professionals (HCPs) to prescribe, fit and fine-tune hearing aids remotely.


May 13, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Change on the Horizon: COVID-19 and the New Hearing Healthcare Consumer
This week, HHTM is exploring the impact COVID-19 may have on the hearing healthcare consumer and what sort of trends might we expect to see over the coming months and years.


May 13, 2020 – The Hearing Review
HR COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY #3 for Hearing Care Practices/Offices
If you are a hearing care professional, please complete the survey below–even if you’ve previously participated in Surveys #1 and/or #2. Your responses and the updated survey results will help provide data so you and your colleagues can make better-informed business decisions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks in advance for your help!


May 12, 2020 – Audiology Online
How Can I Communicate Effectively with My Patients During COVID-19?
You don’t have to develop all new messages to help your patients stay safe and healthy. There are lots of great sources of information out there—like the CDC, The Hearing Review, and American Academy of Audiology—that have valuable information about staying healthy, connected, and informed. You can find a lot of these resources, in addition to Widex-developed resources, on Widex’ Covid-19 Practice Management page.


May 11, 2020 – Hearing Loss Association of America
Webinar: How Hearing Better Leads to Living Better on May 14
Don’t miss Thursday’s free captioned webinar featuring Dr. Sara Burdak, who will be presenting How Hearing Better Leads to Living Better…During this webinar, you will learn about approaches to hearing healthcare that will simplify your life and help you stay connected.


May 9, 2020 –
65th International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians and 2020 Trade Exhibition to Be Postponed
To whet your appetite for the future, we cordially invite you to join us for our digital lecture programme in 2020. A special highlight will be our "Future Friday", a format debuted at the 64th EUHA Congress in 2019 to give hands-on talks on future trends, products, and technologies. More information is soon to follow – stay tuned!


May 8, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters
WS Audiology Appoints Daniel Liberman as US Regional President
Daniel Liberman will “lead the strategic coordination of the Group’s unique US portfolio of multiple brands and complementary business assets including wholesale, retail, managed care, e-commerce platforms and innovative diagnostic solutions”.


May 4, 2020 – The Hearing Review
EHIMA Releases Second Statement Addressing COVID-19
While the development of the pandemic is still volatile, EHIMA member companies are taking all necessary steps to guarantee the provision of products and services to hearing care professionals and to people living with hearing loss, all over the world. We do this while giving highest priority to the health and safety of users of hearing instruments, hearing care professionals, and employees.


April 27, 2020 – Hearing Loss Association of America
Webinar: Audiological Care and COVID-19 on April 29
Currently there is limited care being provided with no end to the Pandemic in sight. Therefore, it is unclear when in-person hearing care will continue. However, there are options for treatment in the interim. Dr. Cliff will present on the current state of audiology clinics, hearing treatment alternatives, and how the COVID-19 Pandemic could change the future of audiology, followed by Q&A.


April 27, 2020 – The Hearing Review
Researchers Examine Link Between Cognitive Decline, Hearing Loss
In the hippocampus, synaptic plasticity was chronically impaired by progressive hearing loss. The distribution and density of neurotransmitter receptors in sensory and memory regions of the brain also changed constantly. The stronger the hearing impairment, the poorer were both synaptic plasticity and memory ability.


April 27, 2020 – Physicians Weekly
Hearing Loss Linked to Postural Instability in Older Adults
The odds of postural instability are increased in older adults with moderate or worse hearing loss, even when hearing loss is present on only one side, according to a study published online April 23 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.


April 23, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters
ReSound Assist Live Expanded to Allow Hearing Professionals to Test and Fit Hearing Aids Remotely
The technology allows hearing care professionals to offer complete hearing care remotely, including hearing assessment and hearing aid fitting. It allows people with hearing loss to get their hearing tested from the comfort and safety of home.


April 22, 2020 – The Hearing Review
Results of the Covid-19 Impact Survey #2 (April 9-17) for Hearing Healthcare Practices
The present survey, conducted between April 9-17, shows a still-shifting business landscape, but the 326 professionals who filled out the survey had fairly uniform responses over this 9-day period.


April 22, 2020 – Hearing Loss Association of America
Let’s Go Virtual with Walk4Hearing Online Celebrations!
Our 15th anniversary Walk4Hearing events are scheduled to begin in early May. With the continued partnership of our sponsors and alliances, the Walk4Hearing and its goal to provide resources and support for people with hearing loss will go on as Walk4Hearing Online Celebrations.


April 22, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters
AAA Offers Considerations for Patients and Professionals Regarding COVID-19 Treatments Using Quinine Derivatives and Other Ototoxic Compounds
In recognition of May Is Better Hearing Month, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) has offered considerations for audiologists and their patients regarding COVID 19 treatments with potentially ototoxic compounds.


April 21, 2020 – Connect-Hear
Knowledge Base: Assistive Technology for Videoconferences
We are all in this together as a deaf and hard of hearing community and want to grow and expand this knowledge base to better inform and serve you all. As a voluntary effort between us, our priority is to share with you information to best stay engaged and connected with your family, friends and community.


April 20, 2020 – Hearing Tracker
Signia Unveils New Practice Development Resource Center to Support Hearing Care Professionals Amid COVID-19
From remote care to patient communication templates, new resource center provides the tools, advice, and expertise to stay connected with patients.


April 19, 2020 – Forbes
Is Coronavirus Reducing Noise Pollution?
In humans as well, exposure to chronic noise pollution is ordinarily linked to high stress and a number of physical ailments, from the obvious (disrupted sleep and hearing loss) to the less direct (high blood pressure, heart disease, and cognitive impairment in children). These harms come with economic costs as well; housing prices can decline by up to 2% per decibel.


April 18, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Unitron Wins Prestigious Red Dot Design Award for its Moxi Jump R Hearing Aids
Launched in 2019, the sound processing system in the Moxi Jump R uses machine learning, a branch of artificial intelligence, to automatically recognize, classify and adjust sounds based on the user’s listening environments. This includes seven different listening environments that span quiet, conversation in quiet, conversation in noise and music.


April 17, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters
What I Learned During My Covid-19 “Lockdown”
The MarkeTrak surveys conducted over the last 35 years or so have contributed immeasurably to our understanding of our patients, our practices and the hearing aid industry in general.  The most recent is no exception. 


April 8, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology
Uncharted Waters: Hearing Industry Leaders Discuss Challenges of Navigating COVID-19 Crisis
To see how the hearing industry is responding to the crisis, HHTM President, Kevin Liebe, reached out to several industry leaders to find out and share with our readers: Christine Jones, Phonak; Gary Rosenblum, Oticon; Mason Walker, Audigy Group; Brian Taylor, Signia.


April 8, 2020 – The Hearing Review
EUHA Allows Open Access to Lectures on EUHA TV Website
The European Union of Hearing Aid Acousticians (EUHA) announced that it has made all lectures from previous conferences and seminars on the EUHA TV website here, available to the public, free of charge. Content includes specialist lectures on topics such as artificial intelligence (AI), hearables, cochlear implants, and comorbidities associated with hearing loss.


April 7, 2020 – Audiology Online
Phonak Boosts Support for Hearing Care Professionals Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Phonak U.S. today announces a series of steps to boost support for hearing health care professionals and their patients. These measures include accelerating the delivery of Phonak eSolutions while increasing service offerings for professionals and patients.


April 7, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters
FDA Gives Expedited Approval of Cochlear’s Remote Check Solution for Cochlear Implants
Cochlear says that it will immediately begin a controlled market release of Remote Check in the U.S. and Canada by partnering with hearing healthcare providers and hospitals to quickly reach those most in need of audiological care during the COVID-19 pandemic, which supports social distancing by providing an alternative to in-person appointments.


April 7, 2020 – BIHIMA
BIHIMA Coronavirus Statement
In this challenging and unprecedented situation caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, BIHIMA wants to reassure all its stakeholders and associates that it is committed to supporting the industry, doing all it can to share resources, circulate information and keep our industry united through these difficult times.


April 6, 2020 – Yahoo! Finance
Starkey Releases Industry-leading Remote Programming to All Patients
In response to the ongoing challenges facing hearing care providers and their patients amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Starkey has made industry-leading telehealth technology available to even more hearing aid users.


April 3, 2020 – The Hearing Review
Tribute: Neil Disarno, PhD, Educator, Advocate, and ASHA Chief of Audiology
It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend,  Neil DiSarno, PhD, passed away on April 2, 2020. Neil had been bravely battling cancer for a long time.  Neil served as ASHA’s Chief Staff Officer for Audiology since August 2012.


April 2, 2020 – BusinessWire
GN Hearing partners with hearing care professionals to launch a game-changing telehealth solution: New innovative at-home access to hearing aids and care
At a time when elderly, more vulnerable populations are advised to stay home, this innovative telehealth solution enables people, from the comfort and safety of their home, to connect with their hearing care professional for new hearing aids and care remotely.


April 1, 2020 – The Hearing Review
How Do Medical Masks Degrade Speech Reception?
The data show that each type of medical mask in this study essentially functioned as a low-pass acoustic filter for speech, attenuating the high frequencies (2000-7000 Hz) spoken by the wearer by 3 to 4 dB for a simple medical mask and close to 12 dB for the N95 masks.


April 1, 2020 - The Hearing Review
How Do Medical Masks Degrade Speech Reception?
For communication to be effective, it must take place in a manner appropriate to one’s age, understanding, and communication abilities. Furthermore, medical information, when provided, must be complete, accurate, timely, unambiguous, and understood by the patient.


April 1, 2020 – Audiology Online
Oticon Opn S™ Testimonial: Clare Wolf
Watch how Oticon Opn S™ hearing aids help firefighter and first responder, Clare Wolf, tune out background noise & focus on what’s important especially in emergency situations when every minute counts.


March 30, 2020 – The Neighbor
Beltone Introduces New At-Home Hearing Care Options for Patients During COVID-19
Beltone, the national hearing care provider, announced today that it now offers real-time video hearing care appointments from more than 1,500 Beltone Hearing Centers in North America, reducing the need for in-office visits at a time when older, more vulnerable populations are advised to stay at home


March 30, 2020 – Audiology Online
Hearing Healthcare 2020: The Future of Audiology
In conjunction with the American Academy of Audiology’s annual meeting, Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) planned to post several short articles this week from well-respected thought leaders within the profession. Although meeting plans have been derailed, we still felt it would be beneficial to read the thoughtful views from some of our esteemed colleagues during this time of great uncertainty.


March 24, 2020 – Hearing Health and Technology Matters
Hearing Industries Association Issues Statement Regarding Hearing Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Hearing Industries Association (HIA) leadership has issued a statement regarding hearing healthcare in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.


March 18, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Cochlear Receives FDA Approval to Lower Age of Cochlear Implantation to 9 months
Cochlear Limited, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced that it has obtained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to lower the age of cochlear implantation from 12 months to 9 months for children with bilateral, profound sensorineural hearing loss.


March 18, 2020 – Business Insurance
Earlens Wins Gold 2020 Edison Award for its Revolutionary Earlens® Contact Hearing Solution
Earlens Corporation, a medical technology company that has created the world's first nonsurgical hearing solution that directly vibrates the eardrum, announced today that they have won the Gold Edison Award for innovation.


March 11, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Oticon, Inc. Announces the Appointment of Three Vice Presidents
Oticon President Gary Rosenblum has announced the appointment of three new Oticon Vice Presidents: Josephine Poelma, MS, PMP® to Vice President, Learning and Development; Dawn Spring, MBA to Vice President, Customer Experience; and Douglas Beck, AuD, to Vice President, Academic Sciences.


March 9, 2020 - Hearing Health & Technology Matters
WIDEX introduces WIDEX MOMENT Hearing Aids
Widex today introduced WIDEX MOMENT™, the “first generation of hearing aids that sound completely natural”. This nature sound quality is said to have been achieved through Widex’ patented ZeroDelay Technology™.


March 6, 2020 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters 
Innovations in Hearing Care and The Opportunities from Hearing Aid Data
This new column is designed to highlight some of the most exciting types of innovations occurring inside of the industry, as well as developments occurring in adjacent, peripheral industries, such as consumer electronics.


March 1, 2020 – Audiology Online
Phonak Virto™ M Black: Blurring the lines between hearing aid and hearable
While stigma is still a big part of the delay in getting amplification for hearing loss, more and more people are wearing ear level technology. At Phonak, we combined over 70 years of hearing innovation with a sleek-looking design to combat hearing aid stigma.


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