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IHS Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Draws Hearing Healthcare Leaders

May 10, 2024

The International Hearing Society (IHS) celebrated the official grand opening of its newly remodeled world headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, on April 30th, with a speaking program and ribbon-cutting ceremony. IHS Board of Governors, sponsors (including several leading hearing aid manufacturer executives), donors, past IHS presidents, local dignitaries, and staff, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which also included lunch and tours of the building and sponsored spaces. IHS President Patrick Kochanowski, BS, ACA, BC-HIS, opened the ceremony stating, “The bond of providing more people with ... 


Raising Awareness with Dignitaries on World Hearing Day

March 5, 2024

The International Hearing Society (IHS) celebrated World Hearing Day (WHD) on Friday, March 1, 2024, at its newly opened world headquarters in Michigan. Several local dignitaries and representatives attended the mid-day event, including Farmington Hills Mayor Theresa Rich, IHS President Patrick Kochanowski, BS, ACA, BC-HIS, Farmington Hills Economic Development Director Cristia Brockway, and U.S. Senator Gary Peters’ Regional Representative Robin Daniels. IHS, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), shared information about the vital role that hearing plays in overall health and the important work that IHS members are doing to help more people hear better around the world.  


World Hearing Day: Changing Mindsets about Hearing Aids

February 20, 2024

The International Hearing Society (IHS) will celebrate World Hearing Day (WHD) on Friday, March 1, 2024, to raise awareness of hearing healthcare and address the stigma that is often attached to hearing loss and hearing aids. 430 million1 people globally (five percent of the world’s population) and 60.7 million U.S. individuals2 experience some degree of hearing loss. In response to this healthcare challenge, IHS spotlights its members, licensed Hearing Aid Specialists and allied hearing health providers, as an exceptional pathway for individuals to discover their hearing baseline and determine the best way forward for enhanced hearing. IHS’ celebration of World Hearing Day is designed to help connect the public to licensed hearing healthcare professionals who can provide hearing solutions.  


Hearing Aid Specialist Tops 2024 Job List

January 11, 2024

For the second year in a row, the U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) January 9 edition ranked Hearing Aid Specialist as a best job for 2024. Hearing Aid Specialist moved up on many of the magazine’s 2024 rankings, including taking the top spot on their list of Best Jobs Without A College Degree, and moving up fifty points to 32nd on their 100 Best Jobs list. The January report examined the same collection of jobs that were considered for the 2023 rankings, which included jobs with the largest number and percentage of projected openings from 2021 to 2031, as determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 


IHS and Beltone Announce New Membership Program

December 7, 2023

IHS and Beltone announce that they have strategically come together to offer an exclusive IHS membership program for Beltone professionals in the U.S. Starting January 1, 2024, qualified Beltone owners and their licensed staff can access and utilize the benefits of IHS membership through this program, providing them with additional tools and resources for success by and from the primary organization that serves hearing aid professionals.


Hearing Aids Strike Gold on Hit TV Show

October 11, 2023

Health Literacy Month and ABC and Hulu’s hit show ‘The Golden Bachelor’ are two events happening in October that showcase the value of taking care of your hearing. The popular television series premiered last month to a record viewing audience* and showed 72-year-old bachelor Gerry Turner getting dressed and donning hearing aids while preparing to meet a houseful of competing bachelorettes. Several of his potential girlfriends shared that they wear hearing aids as well.


International Hearing Society's 2023 Award Winners

August 17, 2023

The International Hearing Society is pleased to announce its 2023 IHS Award Winners. Roberta Miller, Senior Director of Dispenser Relations at Beltone is receiving this year's IHS Lifetime Achievement Award. All 2023 Awardees will be recognized at the IHS Awards Gala on September 30th, held during the 71st Annual IHS Convention and Expo.


Earth Day

"Check Please!" - Check the Noise Level, That Is!

July 31, 2023

Have you ever thought about how noise levels affect our hearing and communication in environments we frequent like restaurants and theaters? If you've ever experienced a steep communication challenge where loud noises prevented the ability to converse during a casual outing, you are not alone.


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International Hearing Society Steps Up to Support Hearing

May 23, 2023

A team from International Hearing Society (IHS) joined more than 200 attendees on Saturday, May 20, in Milford, Michigan, to raise awareness for hearing healthcare. The Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA’s) Michigan Walk4Hearing was one of twenty awareness events occurring around the nation this year to expand awareness and collect donations to promote hearing health.


Earth Day

Hearing Care is Preventative Care

May 11, 2023

Approximately 48 million Americans* have some degree of hearing loss and most of those people wait an average of four to five years before seeking help. Proactive hearing checks and interventions, when appropriate, may help reduce one’s risk of dementia and cognitive decline, and provide other benefits. IHS is a proud promoter of hearing healthcare awareness during May (Better Hearing and Speech Month) and all year round. IHS Executive Director Alissa Parady had her hearing checked in May and shares what you can expect during a typical hearing health visit.


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Combatting Noise Pollution on Earth Day

April 19, 2023

Sound pollution is a very real threat to one of your most precious natural resources—your hearing. International Hearing Society (IHS) is pleased to raise awareness on how people can protect, preserve, and enhance this important resource and save the environment simultaneously on Earth Day on April 22, 2023, and throughout the year.


World Hearing Day

“Stay Connected With Life” on World Hearing Day

March 1, 2023

The International Hearing Society (IHS) in conjunction with World Health Organization (WHO) recognize March 3 as World Hearing Day to raise awareness of hearing healthcare. If you are struggling to hear the television or keep up with conversations in group settings, you may be one of 1.5 billion people globally with hearing loss, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). However, help is readily available for many people worldwide, including the approximately 37.5 million U.S. individuals* who experience some degree of hearing loss. IHS is launching a new consumer awareness campaign themed, “Stay Connected With Life,” on World Hearing Day to help connect the public to licensed hearing healthcare professionals who can provide hearing solutions.



Have Tinnitus? Hearing Aids May Help

February 7, 2023

If you experience the sounds of ringing in your ear – called tinnitus – you are not alone. In fact, one in ten individuals worldwide are affected by this condition, which can range from mild annoyance to debilitating in nature. During Tinnitus Awareness Week, recognized globally and this year occurring February 6-12, International Hearing Society (IHS) reminds the public that hearing aids may offer a solution. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “Tinnitus is not a disease. It is a symptom that something is wrong in the auditory system, which includes the ear, the auditory nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, and the parts of the brain that process sound. Something as simple as a piece of earwax blocking the ear canal can cause tinnitus.



Hearing Aid Specialists Make Top-Ranked U.S. Jobs’ List

January 30, 2023

The U.S. News & World Report (January 10 edition) ranked Hearing Aid Specialist as a best job for 2023, based on their findings from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and in-house reporting. Hearing Aid Specialist is listed as #15 in the magazine’s list of Best Health Care Support Jobs. The January report predicted an overall increase of 8.3 million jobs over the next ten years, noting that healthcare professions such as Hearing Aid Specialist will see a portion of that employment growth due to the rising demand for elder care in the growing 65-and-older population.