National science prize for Melbourne hearing aid revolutionary Elaine Saunders
Four million Australians, young and old, need a hearing aid. Without one they’re at risk of losing their friends, their partner, their job and their sanity. But price, stigma and the loss of control when we see an audiologist are amongst the factors that stop most people from acting.
Elaine Saunders has changed that for tens of thousands of Australians. [continue reading…]
Embargo 6pm Wednesday 15 June
Hearing aids are not all the same, despite claims to the contrary, and price is no longer a good indicator of quality.
This is a message from Dr Elaine Saunders, who is today set to receive Australia’s top honour for our leading visionaries, a prestigious ATSE Clunies Ross Award in the Entrepreneur of the Year Category. The award recognises her successful disruption of hearing service provision in Australia. Dr Saunders has made premium hearing aids more accessible by challenging business and pricing models.
The Aussie hearing system you can set up yourself or for your gran: online and on your phone
From the bionic ear to the ‘audiologist in your pocket’ – high performance, low cost hearing for the four million of us who don’t want to admit our hearing loss
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An Australian company has completed a trifecta of tools to help Australians take care of their own hearing without the stress and expense of audiology visits. It’s the product of decades of government-backed research. [continue reading…]
Free and available online now for the four million Australians with hearing loss
It’s taken 70 years to invent a better hearing test. That’s how long we’ve been using the classic ‘beep’ audiology test, first developed to assess returned soldiers from WW2.
A team of Melbourne researchers has now created a new test that uses real words, not tones. You can do the test yourself at home or work and obtain an immediate, easily understood interpretation of the results. If you need a hearing aid they can send you one within days that is the equal of the best hearing aid, but for a fraction of the cost.
A hearing loss expert who will tonight be awarded one of Australia’s top science prizes will address students in Sydney Friday 15 June on the danger posed by their iPods.
If you can’t, it’s time to take control and act!
Empowering a generation to take control of their hearing
The Australian hearing aid company Blamey & Saunders Hearing’s new clinic and offices will be opened this evening at 6 pm at historic 364 Albert Street, East Melbourne, by Michelle Gallaher, CEO of the BioMelbourne Network.
The new hearing aid has evolved from sound technologies developed for Graeme Clark’s bionic ear. It empowers users to take control of their own hearing. They can buy online and fine tune the hearing aid themselves or with the help of an audiologist. The choice is theirs and the price—starting at under $1,000—is a fraction of the cost of equivalent hearing aids.
For World Listening Day we’re inviting people to slow down and listen to the sound of food.
The sizzle of frying pan, the rattle of the saucepan, the splash of wine poured into a glass, the muted tones of serious discussion over a menu, the animated conversation and laughter of al fresco diners, the bustle of the market stall, and the yell of order or sale. Food is much more than taste, smell and sight. Sound is an integral part of the experience, whether it be a family gathered around the kitchen table, an elderly person shopping at the market, or a well-dressed young couple eating in a high class restaurant. As hearing deteriorates, the gastronomic experience loses some of its fizz. [continue reading…]