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Hearing Industries Association (HIA) Applauds Introduction of Federal Legislation to Help People with Hearing Loss Get the Hearing Aids They Need

November 14, 2013 4:22 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The Hearing Industries Association (HIA) strongly supports the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act introduced by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Dean Heller (R-NV). This important legislation, S.1694, is a significant step in ensuring that...

11 Patents for New Sleep Apnea Implant Technology

November 8, 2013 10:46 am | by Nyxoah | News | Comments

Nyxoah, a Belgian-Israeli start-up company that develops a tiny implant for treating sleep apnea and snoring, has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is issuing 11 patents for Nyxoah's ...     

Hearing Through Sight

November 7, 2013 10:51 am | by CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) | News | Comments

Cochlear implants allow adults who have become profoundly deaf to recover the ability to understand speech. However, recovery differs between individuals. Activating the visual regions of the brain has proved essential to the satisfactory recovery of ...

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Mobile + Apps = Healthcare Future

October 31, 2013 3:57 pm | by IMS Health | News | Comments

This infographic offers highlights of a study that looks at the current state of consumer mobile apps in healthcare—the range of apps available and their functionality, the barriers that exist to their broad use, and what is needed to move apps to a more significant role in improved and cost-effective healthcare systems.

Ear Infection Diagnosis with a Smartphone

October 28, 2013 12:10 pm | by American Academy of Pediatrics | News | Comments

A new, smartphone-enabled otoscope provides clear, transmittable images of the ear drum, or tympanic membrane, which someday may allow for ear infection diagnosis without a visit to the doctor's office, according to an abstract presented...

5-Year Follow-Up of World's First Regenerated Trachea Transplant

October 23, 2013 2:09 pm | by Harvard Bioscience | News | Comments

Harvard Bioscience, Inc. and Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology jointly announce that five years after a 30-year-old woman was implanted with the world's first tissue-engineered trachea grown in a bioreactor she lives complication-free, according to ...

A Laboratory for All (Cleaning) Situations

October 21, 2013 4:37 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

When it comes to cleanliness, we tend to think of "dust bunnies" cheerfully frolicking through the home, or perhaps of a vacuum cleaner designed to put an end to their merriment. But cleanliness is a topic of concern for automobile technicians, dental ...

Sonova Group Adopts Audio Precision APx511 Audio Analyzer for Worldwide Production Test of Hearing Devices

October 16, 2013 3:19 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Audio Precision, the recognized standard in audio test, today announced a major customer win in the hearing health care industry.Citing the need for a reliable provider of fast, high quality production test equipment at a reasonable cost, Sonova...

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World’s First 'Made for iPhone' Hearing Aid

October 16, 2013 12:45 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

GN ReSound announces ReSound LiNX, an entirely new premium hearing aid, taking Surround Sound by ReSound to an unprecedented level and further expanding its lead in connectivity. GN ReSound’s unique third generation 2.4 GHz wireless technology...

Bringing the Incredible Bionic Man to Life

October 11, 2013 2:59 pm | by Smithsonian Channel | Videos | Comments

Rich Walker, managing director of Shadow Robot Co. and the lead roboticist on the project, and James Pope race against the clock as they assemble the Bionic Man. The device parts hail from 17 manufacturers around the world. The Bionic Man...

Photos of the Day: The 'Bionic Man'

October 11, 2013 2:45 pm | by CBSNews24x7 | News | Comments

The artificial "man" is the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary that airs Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. Called "The Incredible Bionic Man," it chronicles engineers' attempt to assemble a functioning body using artificial parts...  

'Bionic Man' Walks, Breathes with Artificial Parts

October 11, 2013 2:02 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The term "bionic man" was the stuff of science fiction in the 1970s, when a popular TV show called "The Six Million Dollar Man" chronicled the adventures of Steve Austin, a former astronaut whose body was rebuilt using artificial parts... 

Photo of the Day: Hearing Deafening Music

October 10, 2013 2:58 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

For many, music is a universal language that unites people when words cannot. But for those who use cochlear implants—technology that allows deaf and hard of hearing people to comprehend speech—hearing music remains extremely challenging...

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New Strategy Lets Cochlear Implant Users Hear Music

October 10, 2013 10:36 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

For many, music is a universal language that unites people when words cannot. But for those who use cochlear implants—technology that allows deaf and hard of hearing people to comprehend speech—hearing music remains extremely challenging...

The Pulse: Peanut Butter & Urine Diagnose Diseases

October 10, 2013 9:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are diagnosing Alzheimers with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a ruler, using urine to test for eye disease, and taking a look at how the government shutdown is inflicting long-term damage on ...   

5 Achievements that Haven't Won a Nobel Prize

October 6, 2013 11:45 am | by Malin Rising - Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcements of this year's Nobel Prize winners will start Monday with the medicine award and continue with physics, chemistry, literature, peace and economics. The secretive award committees never give away any hints in advance of who could win, but here's a look at five big scientific breakthroughs that haven't yet received a Nobel prize.

Decoding Sound's Source: Researchers Unravel Part of the Mystery

October 2, 2013 5:11 pm | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

As Baby Boomers age, many experience difficulty in hearing and understanding conversations in noisy environments such as restaurants. People who are hearing-impaired and who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants are even more severely impacted.

Gentlemen, We Can Rebuild Him. We [Will] Have The Technology.

October 1, 2013 3:35 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

One day, I envision that there will be medical technology that can exceed the capabilities of the human body’s natural physiology. Should someone with such a device be prevented from playing professional sports due to the competitive advantage it provides?

Cochlear Launches the Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor in the United States -- Simply Smarter in Every Hearing Situation

September 30, 2013 11:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cochlear Limited, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced today the commercial availability of the Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor in the United States. Nucleus 6, the next generation cochlear implant sound processor for Cochlear, is built on a completely new microchip platform with five times the processing power of the market-leading Nucleus 5 System.

OmniGuide Surgical Introduces ELEVATE™ ENT System

September 30, 2013 10:43 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

OmniGuide Surgical, a leading developer of advanced energy surgical products, today announced the market introduction of the ELEVATE ENT System, a new product for ENT surgeons. The latest innovation, utilizing OmniGuide’s proven CO 2 laser technology, will be on display in booth # 2140 at the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO) meeting in Vancouver from September 29 through October 2, 2013.

Intersect ENT Announces Positive Results from Pilot Study of Novel In-Office Implant for Chronic Sinusitis Patients

September 30, 2013 8:05 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Intersect ENT, Inc., an innovator in treatment solutions for ear, nose and throat clinicians and their patients, today reported findings from a prospective U.S. multi-center pilot study to evaluate the feasibility, safety and efficacy of the company’s newest steroid delivery implant for patients suffering from the debilitating symptoms of chronic sinusitis.

OmniGuide raises $15M for BeamPath surgical laser

September 26, 2013 5:25 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

OmniGuide Surgical said it raised a $15 million funding round for its BeamPath surgical layer. The Cambridge, Mass.-based medical device company said it plans to use the round to expand BeamPath's footprint in the gynecological market and launch new ear, nose & throat products.

The Pulse: Self-Healing Polymer for Wound Care

September 26, 2013 10:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV, we're treating wounds with a self-healing polymer, implanting a cure for sleep apnea, printing objects in 3D for the blind, and monitoring vital signs with a shirt. This episode feature: Scientists have created the world's first self-healing polymer that can repair itself without any intervention, offering potential applications in wound care.

The US Ear, Nose And Throat And Bronchoscopy Device Markets Will Reach A Combined Value Exceeding $715 Million In 2021

September 24, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, the United States ear, nose and throat (ENT) and bronchoscopy device markets will both see growth through 2021. Many ENT procedures are performed on children, and slow growth of this demographic will limit this already saturated market.

Wireless Tech Broadens Healthcare Horizons

September 23, 2013 4:59 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

In the field of medical technology, wireless devices are seeing some of the most broad-reaching growth. This is due mostly in part to the wide range of applications that wireless medicine encompasses. Mobi Health News reports that the top ten areas wireless medicine has directly benefited include: Alzheimer’s, asthma, breast cancer, COPD, depression, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, obesity, and sleep disorders.

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