Awareness

Starkey tops med-tech spend on political contributions as OTC war tenses

Lobbying

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All the big players in medical technology have been topped by Starkey-related political contributions of almost $700k in 2018 alone, mostly to Republican Party coffers.

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Spain's AICE Awards 2018 honour Audio Infos and Audioenportada

Associations

AICE Awards 2018

The AICE Federation (Spanish Association of Cochlear Implant Users) held its annual awards ceremony at a gala evening in Barcelona on November 24.

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Pipedown defends hearing disabled from the sound of muzak

Noise

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"Freedom from unwanted music" is a cry many of us might utter silently, rushing out of supermarkets unable to stand another minute of royalty-free Coldplay or Shakira sound-alikes.

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New WHO recommendations for leisure noise in Europe

Guidelines

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines for Europe "strongly" recommending noise exposure be kept to a safe yearly average of no more than 70dB*.

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Documentary on how sound can be made available to deaf children

Project

A pediatric audiology consultant and speech-language pathologist working in Brooklyn, New York (USA) recently produced a documentary called “The Listening Project” to get this message across.

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Tinnitus depiction in Hollywood movie

Tinnitus

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The latest box office success in cinemas is ‘A star is born’ featuring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Cooper) discovers − and falls in love with − struggling artist Ally (Gaga).

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The hazards of noise pollution

Noise

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The New Zealand Herald recently ran an article on the health hazards of increasing ambient noise.

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The term “hearing impaired” removed from New York state’s law books

Awareness

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New York State became the third US state to remove the term "hearing impaired" from state law, under legislation signed recently by Governor Andrew Cuomo, reports the Democrat and Chronicle.

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Regulations concerning music venues changing in France

Sound level

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The French government recently published a decree reinforcing noise and sound regulations for music venues in the country.

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South Korea’s capital city Seoul now has its first deaf taxi drivers

App

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A new software program was recently launched in the city of some 10 million people, and this has made it possible for deaf taxi drivers to take to the roads.

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