Hanshin Hearing Aid Center (Japan) – Doing more than just selling hearing aids

Hanshin Hearing Center opened its first hearing aid store in 1981 in Amagasaki city, Hyogo prefecture in Japan. Today, the group has five stores in the Osaka and Kobe areas. A journalist from Audio Infos visited one of these stores in Ashiya city and reports on a rather unique approach to customer service that they have developed.


Systematic newborn hearing screening program launched in Indian district


About 3,000 newborns are to be screened every month as part of a new screening program for hearing loss in the district of Ernakulam, India.


Workshop in Spain: New tasks that grow the profession

Programming hearing aids through software and wireless connectivity make up the mainstay of hearing fitting tasks today, while the foundation is obviously the audiometric testing applied prior to fitting. The profession, however, can and should take on other responsibilities, such as carrying out simple repairs and handling a basic method of speech check-ups. At Mojácar (Spain), the owners made sure they had plenty of practical orientation before taking more on.


Stop the cuts to UK hearing aid services!


Charities, professional bodies and audiologists are joining forces in the UK to stop new proposals from North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). In a consultation launched on 3rd June, North Staffs CCG is proposing to no longer provide NHS-funded hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate age-related hearing loss.


Québec: 30-year anniversary of first cochlear implant


L’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec (part of the CHU), the oldest hospital establishment in Canada and America, recently celebrated the anniversary of the first multielectrode cochlear implant operation in the country.


Hearing tests by phone to improve testing rates


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Estimates of people in the United States with some degree of hearing loss often reach 30 to 40 million. But half have probably never had a hearing test. A team from Indiana University, Bloomington, has proposed a solution to this problem: a screening test that can be taken over the phone (provided the person has a landline).


Irregularities in New Zealand newborn hearing screening program


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An unknown number of babies with hearing impairment may reportedly have been missed due to problems with New Zealand’s hearing screening program, according to the New Zealand Herald.


New approach to teaching deaf children in Vietnam


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In a 2006 survey of households in Vietnam that included a special section on disabilities, it was found that 18 out of every 10,000 children had great difficulty hearing or were not able to hear at all. On the basis of these estimates, some 15,500 Vietnamese children between 0 and 5 years of age would belong to this group. Most of them do not have access to primary education and their families are not provided specific support.


Mexico: Exponential advances in cochlear implants

Over the last 20 years in Mexico there has been a considerable development of the use of cochlear implants, with increasingly more patients claiming the technology has changed their lives.


Business tips for audiologists: Make a great impression

It can take just a quick glance, and no more than seven seconds, for someone to evaluate you when you meet for the first time. Opinions are formed based on appearance, body language, demeanour, mannerisms and dress. These first impressions can be nearly impossible to reverse. Mike Yates, coach and regular contributor to Audio Infos United Kingdom, provides some guidance on how to make a great first impression.