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- Feeling the music with SoundShirt: Access to music for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. (Posted: 11/23) https://www.lyricopera.org/shows/your-visit/accessibility/soundshirt/
- How plaques associated with Alzheimer's Disease might affect hearing: ( Posted: 11/23) https://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearing-news-watch/2023/hearing-loss-alzheimers-plaque/
- Best online hearing tests? Are some better than others? Maybe it is just wax? Some details by the National Council on Aging. (Posted 11/23) https://www.ncoa.org/adviser/hearing-aids/best-online-hearing-tests/
- According to an Apple Watch Hearing study, 1 in 3 Americans are exposed to excessive sound levels, endangering their hearing. (Posted on this site: 7/7/2023)
- Manchester (UK)-based Genedrive Company has developed a new, easy, and fast genetic test to prevent aminoglycoside hearing loss in newborns treated for sepsis. Ototoxicity to these antibiotics is linked in many cases to a genetic variant. At a time when decisions must be made fast, the Genedrive System takes minutes while current tests can take days. (Posted on this site: 7/7/2023) https://www.medicaldevice-network.com/news/genedrive-genetic-test-prevent-deafness-babies/
- What are XanderGlasses? These glasses display captions for those with hearing loss. They seem to fit over prescription glasses and the company mentions an “optional prescription-lens insert.” Prototypes are available. The company website has a waiting list where interested parties can sign-up. (Posted on this site: 7/7/2023) https://www.xander.tech/xanderglasses
- Ear-EEG Technology: Danish researchers are working on an ear device that could study sleep patterns and detect signs of brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases up to 15 years earlier. (Posted on this site: 5/2/2023)
- Are researchers zeroing in on ways to regenerate dead/damaged inner-ear hearing cells? This could be a big step towards an eventual cure for hearing loss. For those who are into science, check this out: (Posted on this site: 5/2/2023)
- Lenire is a new FDA-approved Tinnitus treatment system with custom sound, or acoustic stimulation paired with nerve stimulation by means of a “tongue-tip.” Where is this offered? What is the cost? Check with your audiology clinic. (Posted on this site: 5/2/2023)
- The Neosensory Duo is a Tinnitus treatment program that combines wristband-generated vibrations with sounds played via smartphone app. Learn more about this option: (Posted on this site: 5/2/2023).
- Frequency Therapeutics discontinues hearing loss research treatment program & drug after disappointing trial results. (Posted on this page: 3/3/2023)
- For those interested in OTC hearing aid reviews, there are many online review postings to choose from. Here are just 2 that you might try before buying: (Posted on this site: 3/3/2023)
National Council on Aging (NCOA): The 7 Best OTC Hearing Aids of 2023: https://www.ncoa.org/adviser/hearing-aids/best-otc-hearing-aids/
Hearing Tracker: Best OTC hearing aids for 2023. (Rather lengthy review with lots of information, both technical and practical) https://www.hearingtracker.com/over-the-counter-hearing-aids
- What is it like to listen through a Hearing Loop? Before-and-After demonstration by Contacta Inc. (Posted on this site: 3/3/2023) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze2IE5fi44s
If you want to learn more about this technology, contact us at https://www.loopminnesota.org/
- Cochlear Implants (CIs) without external parts? Although still investigational, the first Acclaim® developed by Envoy Medical® was implanted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mn. (Posted on this site: 12/8/2022) Read more: https://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingnewswatch/2022/first-patient-surgery-acclaim-cochlear-implant/
- Hearing aid prices continue to be an issue. AARP and Unitedhealthcare team up on discount prices. (Posted on this site: 12/8/2022 ) Read more: https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/unitedhealthcare-teams-aarp-tackle-hearing-aid-costs
- In November 2022, it was announced that Costco will no longer sell Phonak hearing aids. (Posted on this site: 12/8/2022) https://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingnewswatch/2022/costco-stops-selling-phonak-hearing-aids/
- Although testing earplugs is not an exact science, it is worth checking some reviews ,such as this one for Live Music events. (Posted on this site: 12/8/2022) https://www.hearingtracker.com/earplugs
- The FDA has approved a medication meant to help prevent hearing loss due to platinum-based chemotherapy in children aged one month and older whose solid tumors have not spread. This is a seriously encouraging development. Hearing loss caused by these agents could only be treated with hearing aids and cochlear implants. Preventing such loss would certainly be a huge step in the right direction. Read more about it : https://www.curetoday.com/view/fda-approves-pedmark-to-prevent-chemotherapy-induced-hearing-loss-in-children (Posted: 9/23/2022)
- To the disappointment of those suffering from Tinnitus, the biopharmaceutical company OTONOMY has abandoned further efforts at developing and testing OTO-313, which was meant to help treat this all-too-often distressing condition. (Posted: 08/01/2022) https://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingnewswatch/2022/phase-2-tinnitus-otonomy-discontinue-oto313/
- Speech-to-Text transcription apps allow those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing follow conversations or presentations in ways that until recently were not possible. A lot of progress has been made in the accuracy of speech recognition. However, challenges such as speech impediments or heavy accents make the speech recognition task a lot more difficult. Google's Relate app was created for the purpose of breaking such communication barriers. Check it out. (Posted 7/18/2022) https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/accessibility/project-relate/
- Businesses and organizations with functioning hearing loops can now edit their Google Maps Accessibility information by including the Assistive Hearing Loop attribute. Let customers with hearing loss know that they too are valued and recognized. (posted 7/2/2022) How to add/edit: https://support.google.com/business/answer/9049526?p=attributes&visit_id=637433207871384047-989832324&rd=1
OTC hearing devices:
- In early 2022, ahead of FDA OTC hearing aid regulations, GN gained authorization for the release of its self-fitting Jabra Enhance™ Plus ear buds. (posted 7/2/2022):
- In May 2021, Bose was the first company to receive FDA clearance for its SoundControl™ OTC hearing aids. Although, still available for sale, the company announced about a year after the launch that it is getting out of the hearing aid business. (posted 7/2/2022)
- Noise cancellation headphones for kids. You might check the updated February 2022 list from Headphonesty who state on their website “ Our fair and balanced reviews will help you make better-informed purchase decisions.”
- One of the most frequently asked questions is where and how to get better prices on hearing aids. The AARP has a listing of ideas. Check out this link:
• Frustrated by Tinnitus and the seemingly lack of research? Actually, a lot is going on both nationally and internationally. Check out the American Tinnitus Association
and the British Tinnitus Association for news and support.
• Can COVID affect hearing and balance?
NOTE: News item posts on this page are for information only. They are NOT endorsements of products, hearing clinics, sites, manufacturers or opinions. Interested in the topic? Learn more! Google it! Ask your doctor and/or hearing specialist.
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