FDA Clears First At-Home Hearing Test, Pushes For Hearing Aid Innovation

The FDA has cleared an at-home test for hearing loss designed and produced by California-based iHear Medical. The device meets standards outlined by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) standard practice of audiometry and is the first of its kind approved for over-the-counter sale. It is part of a national effort to improve access to basic hearing assessment and hearing aids.
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Conclusions: SoundBite bone conduction hearing aids are a good choice for patients with SSD, as it could improve the speech recognition ability of patients both in a quiet and noisy environment and improves the quality of life after wearing hearing aids. PMID: 32963516 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Neural Plasticity - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Neural Plast Source Type: research
Conclusions: This is, to our knowledge, the longest mean follow-up time in the literature. A mild decrease in both AC and BC threshold can be expected and the sensorineural decay is more pronounced on the high frequencies. The subjective hearing symptoms and overall sound perception are satisfactory.Audiol Neurotol
Source: Audiology and Neurotology - Category: Audiology Source Type: research
Ideally, public health policies are formulated from scientific data; however, policy-specific data are often unavailable. Big data can generate ecologically-valid, high-quality scientific evidence, and therefore has the potential to change how public health policies are formulated. Here, we discuss the use of big data for developing evidence-based hearing health policies, using data collected and analyzed with a research prototype of a data repository known as EVOTION (EVidence-based management of hearing impairments: public health pOlicy-making based on fusing big data analytics and simulaTION), to illustrate our points. ...
Source: Ear and Hearing - Category: Audiology Tags: Perspectives Source Type: research
Conclusions: In children with congenital cochlear hearing loss, the objective CM intracochlear responses can reliably predict the residual audiometric threshold. However, in children with auditory neuropathy syndrome disorder, the CM thresholds did not match the behavioral audiometric responses. Postoperatively, children with recordable CM responses, showing preserved residual hearing, demonstrated better CI outcomes.
Source: Ear and Hearing - Category: Audiology Tags: Research Article Source Type: research
Conclusions The common REAR configurations can be used for programming the gain frequency responses in preconfigured over-the-counter hearing aids and provide clinically appropriate amplification settings for older adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. PMID: 32693613 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: American Journal of Audiology - Category: Audiology Authors: Tags: Am J Audiol Source Type: research
Conclusions Overall, a trend was noticed such that, for increasing HHIE score categories, fall risk increased. Significant correlations existed between HHIE score and some of the measures used to indicate fall risk (i.e., DHI score, number of recent falls). Future fall risk research should investigate subjective hearing difficulty as a risk factor, as well as pure-tone audiometric thresholds. PMID: 32569474 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: American Journal of Audiology - Category: Audiology Authors: Tags: Am J Audiol Source Type: research
Conclusions: For proper audiometric and otologic candidates, this light-driven CHA can offer significant improvements in high-frequency sound fidelity, word recognition, and sound quality compared to AHA technology. Administering questionnaires was helpful in illuminating real-world improvements. Device fit, alignment, and quality control issues are improving, though still contributing to high device return rates at this time. Operational factors should be considered when incorporating CHA into a hearing health care practice.Audiol Neurotol
Source: Audiology and Neurotology - Category: Audiology Source Type: research
This study investigates hearing in noise using the FBE at different sound pressure levels and a signal to noise ratio of 5 dB to generate a recognition curve. METHODS: In autumn 2018, 60 normal-hearing German native speakers (age 18-31 years) participated in the study at the military hospital in Hamburg. Using one FBE test list, speech intelligibility was measured from sound pressure levels of 15 to 90 dB in 5‑dB steps with a noise level 5 dB lower in each case. Subsequently, the average of all intelligibility rates and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were determined. RESULTS: Participants comp...
Source: HNO - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: HNO Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The expectation regarding hearing aid provision has to be adjusted according to maximum word recognition score, the derived quality measures, degree of hearing loss, and audiogram type. PMID: 32211930 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: HNO - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: HNO Source Type: research
Authors: Ontario Health (Quality) Abstract Background: Single-sided deafness refers to profound sensorineural hearing loss or non-functional hearing in one ear, with normal or near-normal hearing in the other ear. Its hallmark is the inability to localize sound and hear in noisy environments. Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a mechanical problem with the conduction of sound vibrations. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. Conductive and mixed hearing loss, which frequently affect both ears, create additional challenges in learning, employment, and quality of...
Source: Ontario Health Technology Assessment Series - Category: General Medicine Tags: Ont Health Technol Assess Ser Source Type: research
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