The American Cochlear Implant Alliance has just published their proceedings from its first symposium. The proceedings are intended to be a general resource for anyone in hearing health care—not just cochlear implant clinicians. Consumers and parents will find it to be accessible and interesting reading.
Personal Sound Amplification Products: A Study of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior
A new study released by the Consumer Electronics Association of adult Americans with hearing loss, shows that only one in 25 of those surveyed now owns Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) and nearly 40 percent are interested in over-the-counter products to help them hear better. Additionally, more than two-thirds of those consumers want a more streamlined process for purchasing hearing assistance products.
What body parts are seeing the most striking rise in venture-capital funding?
The answer in recent years has been the eyes and ears, as investors have poured money into treatments for diseases causing blindness, hearing loss and other diseases affecting an aging population.
At the same time, venture capital is pulling back from two historical leaders, heart and orthopedic conditions, in part because of difficulties in bringing medical devices for those ailments to market.
NARUC, the Federal Communications Commission, and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates are designating September 8-14- the first week after Labor Day - as "National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week."
Based on a resolution the NARUC Board of Directors passed at the 2009 Summer Committee Meetings, the Week is designed to both raise awareness of and participation in Lifeline a federal/State program that helps make telephone service more affordable for qualified customers.
On August 26, 2013, the Commission adopted the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) Reform Order, adopting, among other things, new registration and certification requirements for IP CTS users. For more information about the IP CTS Reform Order, please see the previous AccessInfo announcement that we posted about the Order: http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/AccessInfo/2013-09-10.pdf