Oticon Launches World’s First Internet Of Things Hearing Aid

Oticon, industry leaders in advanced audiology and hearing aid technology, has today announced the launch of Oticon Opn™, the world’s first internet connected hearing aid that opens up a world of possibilities for IoT devices. With Opn, Oticon introduces a number of ‘world firsts’: TwinLink™ – the first dual communication system to combine binaural processing with streamer-free, internet connectivity, without compromising battery life or physical size. The first listening device compatible with the web-based service IFTTT (If This Then That), unlocking a world of potential for connected device communication. Opn revolutionises hearing aid technology with the platform Velox – the first sound processing system that allows users to more naturally follow multiple conversations in noisy environments without using traditional directionality. The Internet of Things That Matter With Opn, it is now possible to program hearing aids to talk directly with door bells, smoke detectors and baby…


New Study Shows Caffeine Can Impair Temporary Hearing Loss Recovery

A new study by investigators at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has discovered that daily consumption of caffeine can impair recovery after temporary hearing damage. The results are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Since both caffeine intake and noise related hearing loss are so common in our society, these findings could have a significant impact on the general population, especially for those who ingest high doses of caffeine regularly. Excessive noise is a serious health concern in many workplace environments, from the construction industry, to aviation, mining, and manufacturing. Concerts and other social events can also be an important source of noise, where sound levels may exceed health recommendations and can lead to hearing damage. “When the ear is exposed to loud noise, it can suffer from a temporary hearing reduction, also called auditory temporary threshold shift,” says Dr. Faisal Zawawi, an…


Signia Unveils Latest Rechargeable Hearing Aid Solution

Signia, the industry´s most experienced, global leader in rechargeable hearing aid solutions, today unveils Cellion primax™, the world’s first lithium-ion-powered rechargeable hearing aid to make use of wireless inductive charging technology. Cellion primax will give hearing aid wearers the convenience of virtually unlimited wireless streaming for up to two days’ use on a single charge*. Available this Fall, Cellion is powerful enough to treat up to severe hearing loss yet is comparable in size to Signia’s best-selling Pure® primax. The hearing aids are currently targeting an IP-68 rating and will be offered in the 7px and 5px performance levels. Powerful wireless inductive charging technology positions Cellion ahead of the competition Provides up to two days of regular use* with virtually unlimited streaming capabilities – all on a single charge Will be available in a tiny RIC** housing on the primax platform in 12 colors Intelligently designed for smarter, simpler charging Because…


Defects In Brain Responsible For Tinnitus And Chronic Pain Cases

In a new study published in Trends and Cognitive Sciences, researchers say they have identified the defects in the brain that lead to tinnitus and chronic pain. The team hopes the findings will be the first step to developing therapies for these common complaints. The authors of this new research – from Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) in Washington, DC, and Technische Universität München (TUM) in Germany – explain that the mechanisms in the brain that would usually control noise and pain signals lose the ability to do so, which in turn leads to a perception of noise or pain long after the initial injury occurred. They describe these controls as a kind of “gate.” The scientists were able to follow the flow of these signals through the brain and show where controls should be occurring. The brain “reorganizes” itself in response to injury, is how Prof. Josef Rauschecker, director of the Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition at GUMC, describes it. Tinnitus can…


Study Shows Americans Need Easier Access To Hearing Care

Hearing loss is a significant public health concern, and efforts should be made to provide adults with easier access to and more affordable options for hearing health care, especially for those in underserved and vulnerable populations, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report called for greater transparency and changes in the cost of hearing health care and expanded treatment options given the number of Americans who have hearing loss and the high cost of hearing health care. It recommended that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration remove the regulation requiring adults to have a medical evaluation or sign an evaluation waiver to purchase a hearing aid, as well as establish a new category of over-the-counter, wearable hearing devices – separate from hearing aids – that could assist adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. The report does not address surgical devices, such as…