HEARSTRONG CELEBRATES ITS 200TH HEARING LOSS ADVOCATE
HearStrong has named Emily Jones, a pediatric audiologist from White Bluff, TN, the 200th Champion, a title the nonprofit gives to remarkable people with hearing loss, at a special event in Nashville, TN. Jones was diagnosed with hearing loss at 15 months old, and her journey has inspired her to become passionate about advocating for herself and others with hearing loss. She argues for the importance of hearing better, and believes that hearing aids should be more accessible for those who need them. “I feel my success in life can be an encouragement to the patients and their parents,” Jones said. “It shows them that hearing loss does not have to limit their future accomplishments. I am very passionate to help my patients hear their best and want to make a positive difference in their lives.” HearStrong also presented the annual student athlete scholarship with the NFL Players Association's Professional Athletes Foundation to six students at the event.
FDA GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO NOVUS STUDY ON OTITIS MEDIA TREATMENT
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed with Novus Therapeutics’ proposed patient population, endpoints, and statistical analysis plan for a phase 2a study of OP0201, which is being developed as a potential first-in-class treatment option for otitis media. The study, named C-009, will explore the effects of daily administration of OP0201 in patients with chronic otitis media with effusion, a non-infectious form of the condition, and will enroll infants and children with three months or longer of bilateral middle ear effusion and hearing loss. The primary endpoints of study C-009 will be the resolution of middle ear effusion and restoration of hearing. Catherine C. Turkel, MBA, PhD, the president of Novus Therapeutics, said persistent middle ear effusion and the associated hearing loss is problematic, particularly for young patients in their developmental years. “To date, no drug product has been approved for the treatment of this condition and surgery to insert tympanostomy tubes to clear the middle ear effusion is the only option for these patients,” she said.
ENERGOUS AND NEWSOUND LAUNCH RECHARGEABLE HEARING AID
Energous and NewSound have introduced the WattUp-enabled Primo W hearing aid, which combines the wireless charging technology of Energous and the hearing assistive technology of NewSound. The NewSound Primo W hearing aid features app control for charging status, battery monitoring, program management, and more, as well as approximately 3.5 hours of charging time and up to 20 hours of working time. It also has a waterproof and dustproof exterior, and full orientation freedom and 90-degree angle support. Primo W has eight-channel DSP hearing capabilities and an all-in-one case for easy storage. Boyang Li, the CTO of NewSound, said the company continuously explore the latest technology advancements that have the ability to solve some of the major pain points of their product users. “The biggest pain point is the frequent need to replace the tiny batteries in the device, so we are excited to be showcasing this next-generation hearing aid solution, which alleviates that frustration for users,” he said. NewSound's Primo W hearing aid was showcased at the 64th Annual International EUHA Congress and Exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany, in October.
HEAR.COM OFFERS EASIER ACCESS TO ONLINE HEARING CARE WITH NEW APP
hear.com has launched their official smartphone app for both iOS and Android devices to maintain an open line of communication between their customers and their team of experts for faster and easier online hearing care. Existing hear.com customers are sent a text message with a personalized link to download the app onto their mobile devices for free. Once the app is installed, they'll be able to get live support from a hear.com hearing aid expert via the in-app chat feature. Customers can easily view their appointment details, schedule or reschedule their appointments with the partner provider, and access additional resources related to their hearing health such as the Expert Advice section, which features articles written by experts. The app also comes with informative videos that address important topics related to hearing loss and hearing aids. hear.com plans to develop more advanced features and add content to the app in the coming months.