GSI Updates TympStar Pro with New Tests
GSI (https://www.grason-stadler.com/) released updates on its clinical tympanometer, the TympStar Pro, that feature two new testing options: a multi-frequency and a patulous Eustachian tube test. The multi-frequency test allows audiologists to quickly identify the resonance frequency of the middle ear system. The test provides accurate assessments of the pathologies in the middle ear. Testing takes about 15 seconds per ear, which is five times faster than its predecessor. The patulous Eustachian tube test has up to four user-customizable test conditions and an adjustable time base.
Lively Launches Online Telehealth and Hearing Aid Sales Platform
Lively (https://www.listenlively.com/) has introduced an online audiology platform that provides hearing tests, hearing aid sales, and ongoing support for customers. Lively hearing aid users can take the company's online hearing assessment, meet with an audiologist face-to-face via video conference, and receive a premium hearing aid without having to visit an office. Those experiencing problems with their device can request a consult and receive a response within 24 to 48 hours, and their audiologist will remotely adjust their hearing aids to address the issues. Lively hearing aids come with a 100-day moneyback guarantee and two years of unlimited support from Lively doctors for fine-tuning and hearing care. Adam Karp, the CEO of Lively, said their mission is to increase the number of patients receiving care while allowing audiologists to work in more flexible environments with less overhead. “The entire Lively team is excited to increase access to hearing care and to help our friends, family, and the millions of people in this country that lack access to hearing aids,” he said.
CSD Advocates for Authentic Representation of Deaf People
The Communication Services for the Deaf (https://www.csd.org/) has introduced the #DeafMedia campaign with the hope of increasing authentic representation of Deaf people in the media and challenge ongoing biases towards the Deaf. #DeafinMedia highlights both damaging and positive representations of Deaf people in different forms of media, including movies, books, television, journalism, video games, and more. Media creators will have opportunities to ask questions directly and have access to helpful resources such as a new media toolkit that provides information on appropriate terminology, tropes to avoid, and more. CDS said they continue to see far too many inauthentic representations on screen where Deaf characters are played by hearing actors, and when people don't see themselves on the page or screen, that contributes to a sense that they are not important. More importantly, portrayals of Deaf people as tragic figures who are unintelligent and incapable can have a direct impact on hiring practices. “Let's advance the conversation about Deaf people,” said Christopher Soukup, the CEO of CSD, “and ensure that the stories told about us accurately reflect who we are: human beings who contribute to the wonderful diversity that is all of collective humanity.”
First-Ever RIC Hearing Aids with Embedded Biometric Sensor
BiometRIC, a new and first-ever receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aid with an embedded biometric sensor created by Sonion (http://www.sonion.com/wp/) and Valencell (https://valencell.com/), will help address comorbidities associated with hearing loss. The new hearing aid measures continuous motion-tolerant heart rate and motion-tolerant R-R interval (the time between beats of the heart), and provides activity levels such as step count and calories burned. It can help with early identification and management of many comorbid conditions in hearing aid users, including cognitive impairment, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, arthritis, and cancer, and identify positive or negative trends in the user's condition, enabling more effective disease management at low costs. BiometRIC provides a platform for future innovations in hearing aid technology, allowing the two companies to add new biometric assessments to existing devices via software upgrades, such as blood pressure and blood oxygenation measurement. BiometRIC was demoed at CES in early January.