Profession

Colombia enshrines neonatal screening in new law

 

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Some 600,000 babies born every year in Colombia will benefit from the country's new Neonatal Screening Law, which was signed this month by the President of the Republic, Iván Duke Márquez.

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Bipartisan MAASA bill introduced to better Medicare's audiology cover

 

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Senator Warren, left, and past-president of ADA, Alicia Spoor
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Widespread backing in US audiology supports the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019, already before the US House of Representatives and soon to be put to the Senate.

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Phonak has a new Director of Global Audiology.

 

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Phonak has a new Director of Global Audiology from July 1: Angela Pelosi. She will work closely with audiology experts to drive innovation in all areas of products and services.

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First university degree course in audiology for Spain

 

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The status of audiology in Spain has made a giant leap forward with the announcement by the University of Salamanca that it will offer the country's first ever degree course in the subject.

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Audiology dispute in Costa Rica as state model for buying hearing aids changes

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Audio practice
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A change in Costa Rica's hearing aid purchasing model has triggered a dispute between speech-hearing therapists and state health administrators.

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EHIMA figures show 6.5% year growth in hearing aid sales

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Forecast hearing loss in 2050
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April figures released by the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA) show that global adoption of hearing aids in 2018 grew faster than in either of the two preceding years.

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US NIDCD appoints Duke University professor Debara Tucci as its new director

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Debara Tucci Md., M.S., M.B.A
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Dr. Debara L. Tucci will take over in September this year as the next director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), in charge of its annual budget for the nation's hearing matters of around $459m.

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Tailored FDA framework planned to let evolving algorithms teach themselves

Ai

Algorithms and security
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The fast-arriving healthcare benefits from evolving artifical intelligence (AI) technology mean a flexible "tailored" regulatory framework must be put in place, says the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), though the agency quickly drew criticism for lack of clarity.

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NICE criteria review means 70% more NHS cochlear implants annually in UK by 2024

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A significant rise in the number of UK NHS patients receiving cochlear implants (CIs) will follow a long-overdue criteria revision by the standards-setting body NICE.

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New regional ENT plan for the Pacific

Public health

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple
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Australian and New Zealand ENT and Audiology experts have been meeting this spring with their counterparts from 6 Pacific Islands to help develop a plan to tackle an alarming regional shortage in hearing health equipment and workforce.

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