SINGULAR HEARING WINS AARP'S WHAT'S NEXT INNOVATION CHALLENGE
Singular Hearing's smartphone app HeardThat has won the What's Next Innovation Challenge by AARP Innovation Labs. HeardThat, which uses machine learning techniques to address hearing loss in environments where background noise impacts interpersonal conversations and turns a smartphone into a hearing assistive device, was chosen as the most innovative solution to drive adoption and usage of hearing aids for those over age 50 who have hearing impairment in the United States. Singular Hearing's first product, HeardThat, provides a new kind of hearing assistance to help the millions who suffer from hearing loss get back in the conversation, said Bruce Sharpe, the company's CEO. “Winning the competition is particularly gratifying for Singular Hearing,” he said. “It is validation from experts, thought leaders, and investors in hearing technology that gives additional credibility to our story as we enter the market.”
FDA APPROVES COCHLEAR'S NEW SOUND PROCESSORS AND FITTING SOFTWARE
Cochlear has received FDA approval for its Nucleus Kanso 2 Sound Processor, Nucleus 7 Sound Processor for Nucleus 22 Implant recipients, and Custom Sound Pro fitting software. Cochlear's new Kanso 2 Sound Processor is a small, water-resistant off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor that offers direct streaming from compatible Apple or Android devices. It is compatible with the Nucleus Smart App, enabling control of device settings, hearing functions, and information, and works with Cochlear N24, CI24RE, CI500, Profile, and Profile Plus Series implants. With this approval, Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is now available as an upgrade for Nucleus 22 Implant recipients, providing direct smartphone connectivity and streaming to these CI users. The new Custom Sound Pro fitting software has a a new patient dashboard and goal setting feature, promoting engagement and facilitating more effective tracking of progress between appointments. The new products will be commercially available in the United States and Canada later this year.
AUDIOLOGY HEALTHCARE NEWS CELEBRATES 25th ANNIVERSARY
Audiology HealthCare News, a customized newsletter written for audiologists to mail to their local physicians and other health care providers, has published its 25th year anniversary issue. “Thanks to the support of audiologists around the country, more than a million contacts have been made with primary care physicians and other health care providers, providing them with information about hearing loss and the central role of the audiologist in hearing health care,” said Dennis Hampton, PhD, the editor of the newsletter. The newsletter summarizes articles from journals such as Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, American Journal of Audiology, and JAMA Otolaryngology. The physician newsletter is published by Hearing HealthCare News, which publishes a customized patient newsletter. Audiology HealthCare News was developed after surveys of hearing aid users indicate the primary care physician is the most common source for individuals seeking information about hearing health care.
ASHA COMMEMORATES 30th ANNIVERSARY OF ADA
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) commemorates and reflects on three decades of progress under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). An early supporter of ADA, ASHA received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to develop free technical support and informational materials, such as training information on effective communication and accessibility for people with communication disorders. That effort included contributing to the development of the McDonald's restaurant picture menus, which made ordering more accessible for people with disabilities at the fast food chain. ASHA has also actively contributed testimony and support for a host of other ADA rules and guidelines, including the provision of Next Generation 911 emergency services, movie theater captioning, web accessibility, and data collection regarding disability status. “This important anniversary strengthens our resolve to continue the work that remains to make our society just, fair, and truly inclusive for those with disabilities,” said Theresa H. Rodgers, the president of ASHA. “While recognizing this has not yet been fully achieved, we also celebrate the tremendous strides that have occurred because of the ADA.”