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Top 25 News Stories in Hearing Healthcare for 2016 (1,2,3)

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With all the surprising national and world news that grabbed our attention in 2016, you could be forgiven for missing a few headlines in our industry. Here are 25 news story headlines and summaries from the hearing healthcare field that Hearing Review Editor Karl Strom thinks you shouldn’t have missed (listed in chronological order).


The iHearMAX behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid from iHear Medical.

FDA Approves First OTC Hearing TestJanuary 4, 2016

iHear Medical announced that it received FDA clearance for the iHearTest, the first hearing test approved for over-the-counter (OTC) sales. The iHearTest is intended to profile hearing ability based on WHO guidelines, targeting adults who suspect they have hearing loss, or those reluctant to seek professional evaluation for a basic hearing assessment. Later in December, iHear announced a partnership with the insurance company Ameritas, an insurance provider for more than 6.4 million people nationwide including one of the largest dental networks.

Joint IHS/ADA Unison Summit Scuttled; Separate 2016 Conventions Announced, January 4, 2016

The 2016 Unison Hearing Health Global Summit, which would have for the first time joined the International Hearing Society (IHS) and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) conventions into a single venue with separate programs, was cancelled, and each organization held their own separate conventions in 2016. A whirlwind of contentious issues soured the two organizations’ relationship, including the ADA’s EarVenture hearing aid and IHS’s Fit to Serve initiative and Certification for new National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards.

The Dash from Bragi

Dash is Bragi’s wireless earbuds, launched in January 2016

Starkey Partners with Bragi on New Hearable Technology, January 22, 2016

Starkey Hearing Technologies announced it is joining forces with Bragi, maker of The Dash, to transform hearable and wearable technology. Starkey announced strategic partnerships with Bragi and Satjiv Chahil, Silicon Valley marketing pioneer, at the2016 Hearing Innovation Expo, Jan. 20-24.

Source: Hearing Review

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