IN TEENS, HEARING LOSS COMMON AFTER CONCERTS
After attending a single rock/pop concert, 72 percent of 29 teenagers in a new study experienced reduced hearing ability, shown as either an immediate hearing threshold shift or a reduction in otoacoustic emission amplitude. The study, which was published in Otology & Neurotology (2012;33:1136), was led by M. Jennifer Derebery, MD, of the House Clinic.
The participants were given free tickets to the concert and seated within close range of each other at the far end of the venue. Their hearing was tested before and after the performance.
The average sound level measured 98.5 dBA during the 26-song, three-hour set, ranging from 82 to 110 dBA. After the concert, 53.6 percent of the 29 teenagers said they were not hearing as well as they had before the performance, and 25 percent reported the onset of tinnitus.
NEW WIDEX USA GENERAL MANAGER NAMED
Mike Dittmann, VP of Global Sales for Widex, was appointed general manager of Widex USA (www.widexusa.com).
Mr. Dittmann will focus on continuing improvements in customer relationship management and strengthening Widex business partnerships and market position in the United States. He has been with Widex for 15 years.
SURFLINK MOBILE WINS DESIGN AWARD
SurfLink Mobile, which enables hands-free cell phone conversations directly through the user's hearing aids, was selected for a 2013 iF Product Design Award.
The cell phone solution, developed by Starkey Hearing Technologies (www.starkeyhearingtechnologies.com), is also a remote microphone, assistive listening device, media streamer, and hearing aid remote control.
The iF award entries are judged on design quality, finish, choice of materials, degree of innovation, environmental impact, functionality, ergonomics, visualization of intended use, safety, brand value and branding, and universal design.
AHAA TO HOLD ANNUAL CONVENTION
The American Hearing Aid Associates’ (AHAA's) annual convention, scheduled for Feb. 20-23 in Las Vegas, will explore how to respond to an increasingly competitive and challenging marketplace.
About 40 sessions approved by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Academy of Audiology, and International Hearing Society will be offered, covering all aspects of running a practice and preparing attendees to build a marketing strategy. Networking sessions, hands-on social media workshops, and manufacturer exhibits are also planned.
DOUGLAS BECK RECEIVES BAA AWARD
Douglas Beck, AuD, director of professional relations at Oticon, was awarded the 2012 Jos Millar Shield by the British Academy of Audiology (BAA).
The award is given for the best article in a BAA publication. Dr. Beck was honored for his article called “What? I Didn't Know That!”, which addressed multiple clinical issues in hearing aid technology, audiology, neurology, and neuroscience, and was published in the winter/spring 2012 edition of BAA Magazine.
HEARING CRC LAUNCHES ONLINE RESOURCE
A new online network from the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (HEARing CRC) consolidates information about hearing loss and how it can be prevented, remediated, or managed.
The HEARing Education and Research Network—HEARnet, available at www.hearnet.org.au—provides content geared toward the public, hearing healthcare professionals, and researchers. Among its features are an interactive ear animation that explains different types of hearing loss and the various technologies available to address them, as well as a series of podcasts that discuss common issues and the latest developments in hearing health and research.
NEXT STOP, HEARING SERVICES
Gyl Kasewurm, AuD, founder and owner of Professional Hearing Services in St. Joseph, MI, created a mobile audiology center called the Hearing Bus (www.hearingaidbus.com) to bring hearing testing services to rural Michigan communities.
Dr. Kasewurm decided to create the bus after recognizing that there were populations in rural Michigan without access to such services.
“The hearing bus is an example of the ever-expanding mobile services industry,” Dr. Kasewurm said in a news release. “You can't come to us? No problem, we'll come to you.”