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…

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…

Gene editing in mice prevents a form of inherited deafness

According to the journal Nature, scientists from Broad Institute have successfully performed gene editing experiments on mice, treating genetic hearing loss. This technique may someday be used to prevent and treat deafness in children born in families with a history of hearing loss. Before that happens, extensive tests will have to be performed in order…

Starkey’s SoundLens Synergy iQ receive a nomination for 2018 Edison Award

Starkey’s invisible-in-the-canal line of hearing aids, SoundLens Synergy iQ, has been nominated for the 2018 Edison Award, recognizing Starkey’s innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global community.   SoundLens Synergy iQ was selected as a 2018 Edison Award nominee for its unique technology designed to enhance auditory sense of externalization, localization, and presence, which are…

Widex introduces redesigned CUSTOM hearing aids

Widex announced a completely redesigned Widex CUSTOM hearing aid, powered by a 40% smaller engine compared to the previous models.   “Widex CUSTOM delivers a powerful combination of superior sound and perfect fit. Tailored for the individual user, CUSTOM gets its strong performance from the UNIQUE platform – which provides unsurpassed sound performance whether used…

Signia introduces new Nx platform

Signia has unveiled a new Nx platform which includes a revolutionary own voice processing (OVP) technology. This unique technology will address a common issue many new hearing aid wearers face when first turning on their instrument – the change in the sound of their own voice. A recent study by Hörzentrum Oldenburg has revealed that…