hearing loss

40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a Disability

People older than 85 accounted for more than 25 percent of all disabilities among seniors.

12/05/2014

Can Apple help make hearing aids cool?

Hearing-aid manufacturers and audiologists hope a new collaboration between them and Apple will help.

03/05/2014

The real seniors will be responsible for themselves

What do we mean by senior? Well, it depends on where you stand and what you are reading. Seen through the Google Glassy lens of young adults, it’s everyone aged 50+, that is, the AARP market demographic, who might be considered a senior. Or perhaps it is age 65, when Medicare eligibility and public transit discounts appear. Age 65 is also the statistical baseline for longevity projections – 20 more years of life expectancy, with one in four projected to live past 90. Now mull over a new Pew global survey about attitudes on aging -- the US stood out as "one of very few countries where a large plurality of the public believes individuals are primarily responsible for their own well-being in old age." Consider that point and read on. >>> Read more . . .

Made for iPhone hearing aids aim to shake stigma

Apple partners with GN ReSound to create LiNX -- a hearing aid that uses Bluetooth-like technology to wirelessly connect directly to smartphones.

11/26/2013

Four Hearing Technology Products Announced During 2013

For those with hearing loss – there’s some new technology in 2013.  Older adults, especially among the older age ranges (47% of those aged 75+), have a greater likelihood of hearing loss. On the positive side, they also have more choices today in terms of technologies (at multiple price points) to cope with various degrees and types of hearing loss. Confronting hearing loss is generally deemed essential to combat the social isolation -- and possible decline in cognitive skills -- that may occur as hearing loss worsens. It seems that only 15% of those with hearing loss mitigate it with some sort of technology assist such as an implant, hearing aids, personal sound amplification device (see FDA thoughts on this), or hearing loop technology in a concert or lecture hall (or senior housing dining hall). Here is a sample of the technologies that have been announced this past year: >>> Read more . . .

“The Bean” Quiet Sound Amplifier by Etymotic Now Available at Amazon.com

11/01/2013

Elk Grove Village, IL – October 1, 2013 — Etymotic Research, inventors of the high-fidelity, in-ear earphone, and
makers of industry leading hearing health products, today announced that their latest breakthrough, a Quiet Sound
Amplifier called “The Bean,” will be sold on Amazon.com, as well as at Etymotic.com and select retailers and hearing
professionals throughout the U.S. The product will be on display at AARP’s Life@50+ Event in Atlanta on October 3-5,
2013. >>> Read more . . .

"The Bean" Quiet Sound Amplifier by Etymotic Has Just Arrived

10/15/2013

Elk Grove Village, IL - October 15, 2013 - Etymotic Research, inventors of the high-fidelity, in-ear earphone, and makers of industry leading hearing health products, today announced that their latest breakthrough, a Quiet Sound Amplifier called "The Bean," is now available for sale on etymotic.comamazon.com and select stores around the country. >>> Read more . . .

A REVOLUTION IN THE HEARING AID INDUSTRY

07/01/2013

Boston, MA - The market for hearing aids is broken. The average cost of a set of two hearing aids today is more than $5,000 and is rarely covered by insurance. Not only do audiologists have a monopoly on hearing aids, but audiology practices are also inefficient brick & mortar businesses with profit motives and high overheads, and they are forced to charge exorbitant prices just to stay in business. >>> Read more . . .

Testing, Testing...Can You Hear Better Now?

PSAPs, intended to help people hear better in noisy restaurants and large gatherings.  Described also in NY TImes.

06/17/2013

Hearing loss takes a health toll on older adults

Hearing loss in older adults increases the risk for hospitalization and poor health.

06/16/2013
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