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Friday, December 8, 2017

InnerScope Hearing Technologies (http://www.innd.com/) has added personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) and hearable or wearable hearing products to the offerings on its direct-to-consumer (DTC) online store. The store offers two ear-level PSAP products with the company's universal fitting earpiece. It also offers two hearable or wearable PSAP products that can be used to understand conversations better in a variety of situations and difficult listening environments. The hearable and wearable products are equipped with Bluetooth functionality: They can be adjusted by the user for more advanced hearing features using a smartphone with the Android app, and they have streaming capabilities via audio input for music or movies.

​Matthew Moore, president of InnerScope Hearing Technologies, said their new online store aims at combating the sticker shock of traditional hearing aids that dissuades people from seeking help. "We have built our e-commerce platform specifically for those individuals who are not receiving the help they need and deserve," Moore said. "The PSAPs and hearables/wearables technology products that we are offering through our DTC e-commerce store are fast becoming an alternative hearing solution over the high cost and inconvenience of hearing aids."


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Eosera.jpgEosera (https://earcaremd.com/) has made Earwax MD available in Canada through Amazon.ca, the first foreign market the company has brought its product to. On Amazon.ca, the product is available in a kit that includes a 15 mL bottle and rinsing bulb. Amazon Prime members can get Earwax MD with free shipping on Amazon.ca. The topical cerumen-dissolving drop has been stocked in CVS stores across the United States since August, and has been part of the U.S. Amazon Exclusives program since April 2017.

Elyse Dickerson, co-founder and CEO of Eosera, said they founded Eosera to develop solutions for unmet healthcare needs that would have a global impact, and since launching Earwax MD on Amazon.com in April, they have received considerable interest from Canadian consumers, audiologists, ENTs and other health care professionals. "We are thrilled to enter Canada on Amazon.ca, so that from the start, we are available to all Canadians," Dickerson said. "We are working towards a larger distribution channel in Canada, and anticipate availability in retail stores and additional distributors in the future."


Friday, November 24, 2017

By De Wet Swanepoel, PhD

The International Society of Audiology has been the global home of audiology since the very early beginnings of the profession, now almost 70 years ago. The society supports and advances audiology around the globe, and its biennial World Congress of Audiology (previously called the International Congress of Audiology) provides a unique platform to showcase audiological research from around the world.
 
A Historic Event
The World Congress of Audiology, held biennially since 1952 will be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa in October 2018. Held on every continent of the world, except for Africa, the 2018 meeting promises to be a truly historic occasion. Not only because of the iconic destination but as a platform showcasing clinical audiology science from around the world.
Having the 2018 World Congress of Audiology hosted on African soil for the first time creates a unique opportunity to advocate and promote audiology and hearing health across the continent. Close to 40 million people are living with a permanent disabling hearing loss in sub-Saharan Africa. Most of these persons have no access to hearing health care due to challenges that include a lack of human resources - with less than one audiologist to every million persons - and due to unavailable hearing health infrastructure. The 2018 World Congress of Audiology will, therefore, prioritise and use this historic event to stimulate awareness and growth in audiology across Africa.
 
A Diverse Global Program
The rich and varied heritage of the International Society of Audiology's (ISA) biennial congress is characteristic of its continued success, drawing leading researchers, academics and clinicians. ISA’s network of affiliate societies, representing audiological societies in more than 30 countries and on every continent (except Antarctica!), is central to the success of its World Congress of Audiology.
The scientific programme already covers a wide-range of areas including adult and pediatric hearing aids, diagnostic audiology, e-Health, electrophysiology, special populations and a focus on the future priorities for the profession and science of audiology. Leading experts from the USA, Europe, Australia, UK and other world regions will ensure a programme that will cover cutting-edge translational and clinical research.

Considering the ISA’s role as an official partner and financial supporter of the World Health Organization (WHO) and its initiatives in hearing healthcare the World Congress will  showcase global priorities in hearing care with a keynote session by Dr Shelly Chadha, WHO technical officer for prevention of deafness and hearing loss
 
A “Singularly Beautiful” Location
The 2018 World Congress of Audiology will be hosted in the “singularly beautiful city” of Cape Town at the tip of the African continent (Lonely Planet, 2017). Cape Town has been chosen as one of the Top 10 cities in the world for travellers in 2017 (Lonely Planet, 2017) – the latest in a series of accolades that have helped to cement the city’s reputation as a global giant among destinations. Cape Town features second on the list of top cities for 2017 after Bordeaux in France.
The Cape Town International Convention Centre regularly hosts world-class conferences and events and has become  the top convention centre in Africa and one of the leading convention centres in the southern hemisphere. Excellent accommodation, ranging from 5- to 2-star options, is available right at the convention centre to ensure everyone can be accommodated. The convention centre is walking distance from the famous waterfront area with a view of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. 
Tourist attractions are everywhere with Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Waterfront right on your doorstep. There is something for everyone, from the Winelands to shopping, nature reserves, hiking, and exquisite beaches. World Congress of Audiology 2018 delegates and their families can be sure that this promises to be an unforgettable experience.
 
Go Ahead #SaveTheDate
Make sure you save the dates of 28 – 31 October 2018 for this historic audiology event. Individual membership of the International Society of Audiology (www.isa-audiology.org) includes discounted registration fees to the World Congress of Audiology, access to the International Journal of Audiology and to the society’s international community and networks. Abstract submissions are open until 16 April 2018. For more information please visit www.wca2018.co.za.


Monday, November 20, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a remote feature for follow-up programming of Cochlear's Nucleus Implant System through a telemedicine platform. The FDA evaluated data supporting this feature's effectiveness, including those from a clinical study of 39 patients aged 12 or older, each of whom had a cochlear implant for at least one year. Each patient had one in-person programming session and two remote programming sessions, and speech perception tests showed no significant difference between in-person and remote programing. The FDA also evaluated data from patients' self-assessment of their ability to hear speech in the presence of other sounds and sense the direction, distance, and motion of sound. Cybersecurity measures for the remote interaction were also assessed.

​This feature is designed for patients who have had six months of experience with their cochlear implant sound processor and are comfortable with the programming process. "Being able to have a qualified audiologist program the device via telemedicine from a remote location can greatly reduce the burden to patients and their families, especially those who must travel great distances or need frequent adjustments," said Malvina Eydelman, MD, director of the Division of Ophthalmic and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.


Friday, November 17, 2017

A new study found that injecting stem cells into the inner ear can restore hearing, but the process could lead to cancer. (Stem Cell Reports 2017;9[5]:1516.) Researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick overexpressed the gene NEUROG1, which plays a role in spiral ganglion neuron and hair cell development, to turn inner ear stem cells into auditory neurons, which could reverse deafness. This, however, could can also make those cells divide too quickly, posing a cancer risk. To control this process, researchers used chromatin, DNA studded with histone proteins, to influence how NEUROG1 functions. Researchers discovered that chromatin may help reduce unwanted stem cell proliferation, and it can be achieved by adding drugs to experimental cultures in Petri dishes.

​Kelvin Kwan, PhD, a senior author of the study and an assistant professor in the department of cell biology and neuroscience at Rutgers University, said this is a cautionary tale. "People say, 'we'll just put stem cells in and we're going to replace lost neurons,'" Kwan said. "We're saying that 'yes, we can make neurons,' but you have other side effects that are unanticipated, such as increased proliferation of stem cells. So this will guide us toward a better strategy for cell replacement therapies."