New drugs may be able to prevent hearing loss

Humans have only about 15,000 sound sensitive hair cells in each ear, and unlike birds, fish and amphibians, these cells can’t regenerate themselves once damaged. The damage can be caused by noise, head injury, infectious disease and certain medicines, as these hair cells are sensitive to their environment.   While we can’t regenerate the hair…

Signia unveils the rechargeable Pure Charge&Go NX

The new Signia Pure Charge&Go combines the advantages of the Signia Nx platform with inductive rechargeability of lithium-ion batteries. Pure Charge&Go provides all of the features users expect from Signia’s high-end hearing aids – exceptional Bluetooth connectivity, CROS/BiCros functionality and Signia’s signature Own Voice Processing (OVP) system.   Pure Charge&Go comes with an inductive charger…

Phonak introduces a new microphone technology, MultiBeam

Phonak and Advanced Bionics have announced the results of their long-term cooperation, a new microphone technology called MultiBeam. MultiBeam is designed to help people who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants to hear better in noisy environments.   A specialized taskforce of more than 10 digital processing and acoustics engineers has been working on the…

Specially timed signals reduce the symptoms of tinnitus

A new experimental device, developed by researchers at University of Michigan, may be able to relieve symptoms of tinnitus by targeting the unruly activity in brain responsible for the phantom sounds patients hear. The experimental device uses precisely timed sounds and weak electrical impulses to activate touch-sensitive nerves, steering the damaged nerve cells back to…