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March 16, 2021
ACI ALLIANCE ISSUES PEDIATRIC HABILITATION POSITION PAPER

Background American Cochlear Implant Alliance advocates for access to the continuum of cochlear implant care, which includes (re)habilitation needed for a child or an adult. Our State Champions assessed coverage of cochlear implantation under Affordable Care Act Marketplace plans. We found that CI was a covered service in nearly every plan we looked at. However, […]

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March 16, 2021
SIMPLE PROCEDURE USING A NASAL BALLOON CAN HELP TREAT HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN

Canadian Medical Association Journal - For children with a common middle-ear problem, a simple procedure with a nasal balloon can reduce the impact of hearing loss and avoid unnecessary and ineffective use of antibiotics, according to a randomized controlled trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). It is very common for young children to develop otitis media […]

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March 16, 2021
GILBERTO GIL NAMED AS NEW AMBASSADOR FOR HEAR THE WORLD

Brazilian musician pledges his support for the non-profit foundation. Staefa, September 24, 2015 - The Hear the World Foundation is pleased to welcome the support of a new celebrity ambassador: Brazilian superstar Gilberto Gil is now championing the cause of the non-profit foundation, whose vision is to create a world in which every person has […]

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March 16, 2021
PITT TEAM IDENTIFIES CAUSE OF RESILIENCE TO TINNITUS, POTENTIAL DRUG THERAPY

University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences – PITTSBURGH, 2015 - Researchers has identified in an animal model the molecular mechanisms behind resilience to noise-induced tinnitus and a possible drug therapy that could reduce susceptibility to this chronic and sometimes debilitating condition. The findings by a team from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine were […]

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March 16, 2021
STRIDE LEADS THE WAY IN PATIENT-CENTRIC DESIGN

New family of BTE and ITE product styles designed to remove patient barriers. September 29, 2015 – Kitchener, Canada – Unitron, a global innovator of technologically advanced hearing solutions, today unveiled Stride, a new family of freshly designed BTE and ITE hearing instruments built on the North™ sound processing platform. Stride leverages Unitron’s patient-centric design philosophy and is packed […]

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March 16, 2021
UNITRON BRINGS NEW PLATFORM, PRODUCT FAMILIES AND UNIQUE SOLUTIONS TO ITS INTERNATIONAL PARTNER COMMUNITY

International Partners Forum draws hearing healthcare partners from 35+ countries. October 13, 2015 – Kitchener, Canada – Unitron, a global innovator of technologically advanced hearing solutions, kicked off its International Partners Forum this week, drawing more than 90 representatives from nearly 40 countries across the world. The event, held in Prague, Czech Republic, officially launches Unitron’s latest platform, […]

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March 16, 2021
'INDEFATIGABLE HEARING' - A MOLECULAR CLEARANCE MECHANISM ENABLES SYNAPSES TO CONTINUOUSLY RELEASE TRANSMITTER

Auditory neuroscientists discover bottleneck of information flow in the ear and pave the way for gene therapy of deafness. Publication in ‘EMBO Journal’. Disabling hearing impairment (HI) affects 360 million people worldwide, and prevalence increases with age. So far, no causal treatment is available for its most common form, sensorineural HI. Göttingen and Berlin scientists […]

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March 16, 2021
NEW COMPUTER PROGRAM PREDICTS SUCCESS OF COCHLEAR IMPLANTS IN HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN

CINCINNATI, Oct. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new computer program that analyzes functional brain MRIs of hearing-impaired children can predict whether they will develop effective language skills within two years of cochlear implant surgery, according to a study in the journal Brain and Behavior. In the journal's Oct. 12 online edition, researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical […]

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March 16, 2021
AG BELL BOARD WELCOMES NEW MEMBER - HOWARD W. FRANCIS, M.D., MBA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 15, 2015 – The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) is pleased to announce that Howard W. Francis, M.D., MBA, will join the AG Bell Board of Directors on November 1, 2015. Howard W. Francis, M.D., MBA, is professor and deputy director of the […]

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March 16, 2021
AG BELL BOARD WELCOMES NEW MEMBER - HOWARD W. FRANCIS, M.D., MBA

University of British Columbia - Inhibiting infants' tongue movements impedes their ability to distinguish between speech sounds, researchers with the University of British Columbia have found. The study is the first to discover a direct link between infants' oral-motor movements and auditory speech perception. In the study, published October 12 in the Proceedings of the National Academy […]

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March 15, 2021
HOW IMPORTANT ARE ANNUAL HEARING TESTS?

Today is a beautiful summer day.   Imagine spending the morning outside, drinking your morning coffee while listening to the birds and enjoying the sunshine.  Later in the day, you are sitting around the table with your family and friends telling stories and laughing.  Now, imagine a day where you walk outside and can’t hear the […]

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March 15, 2021
CAN HEARING AIDS HELP WITH MY TINNITUS?

Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is the perception of sound in a person’s ears or head that has no external source.  Many people describe tinnitus as ringing, buzzing, humming, or chirping in their heads.   Tinnitus is more common than many people realize.  It affects nearly 50 million Americans.  There are ways to help manage tinnitus […]

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March 15, 2021
FIVE FACTS ABOUT TODAY'S HEARING AIDS

They’re virtually invisible.   Many new hearing aids sit discreetly inside the ear canal.  These are comfortable hearing aids that provide both natural sound quality and are easy to use. They automatically adjust to all kinds of sounds.  Technological advances with directional microphones have made hearing aids more versatile than ever before working in a broad […]

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March 15, 2021
HEARING LOSS AND THE RISK OF FALLS

Recent studies conducted by Johns Hopkins concluded that untreated hearing loss has been linked to an increased likelihood of falls.   Even those with mild hearing impairment were shown to have a greater chance of losing their balance.  How is hearing loss and your balance connected?  Your vestibular system is within the inner ear.  It keeps […]

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March 15, 2021
BENEFITS OF RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES FOR YOUR HEARING AIDS

There are so many different types of hearing aids available today.   One question to ask when deciding on what type of hearing aid to order is how often you will have to change your battery.  For many people with dexterity issues, this can be a little challenging.   There are others who want the convenience of […]

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March 15, 2021
WHY CAN I HEAR SOMETIMES, BUT NOT UNDERSTAND?

Hearing loss is usually a gradual process.  People don’t feel as though they are having hearing issues because it doesn’t sound like it’s their fault.  Our ears hear high and low pitch sounds.  Generally, when people lose their hearing, they tend to lose the ability to hear some types of sounds more so than others.  […]

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March 15, 2021
OPTIMAL HEARING IN NOISE

Throughout the holiday seasons, many hearing-impaired people find it difficult to communicate whether at a party or around the table.   There are several strategies when trying to communicate in high noise environments. Plan ahead by picking a quieter restaurant.  Avoid places like sports bars, where there may be multiple televisions.  If they don’t use closed […]

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March 15, 2021
USING YOUR PHONE TO CONTROL YOUR HEARING AIDS

There have been some amazing advances in digital hearing aid technology over the past several months.  One such advancement allows the hearing aid user to adjust their hearing aids discreetly through an app on their phone.  This allows the user flexibility in changing the sound in a discreet way.  Once the app is installed, the […]

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March 15, 2021
CAN CHEMICAL EXPOSURE IN THE WORKPLACE CAUSE HEARING LOSS?

Over the years, numerous patients have come into my office and asked if chemicals at their workplace can cause hearing loss.   There are studies that suggest common industrial chemicals can cause hearing loss themselves or exacerbate the effects of noise. The chemicals may damage the cochlea in the inner ear or the auditory neurological pathways […]

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February 22, 2021
Basic List to Better Understand Hearing Aid Parts

Hearing Aid Parts Hearing aids are advancing in their technology quickly. Even though most of us don’t know how the technology works, it’s good to know some of the basics when it comes to hearing aid parts; you never know when you’ll need to troubleshoot when an issue arises. There are many types of hearing […]

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March 15, 2021
CUSTOM EARMOLDS AND EARPLUGS

Sudden or prolonged exposure to noise can cause damage to your hearing and is one of the leading causes of hearing loss. Hearing loss from prolonged noise exposure is often detected too late, meaning the hearing loss is usually irreversible. Hearing protection is extremely important for anyone who is regularly in a high-noise environment, including […]

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March 15, 2021
CELL PHONE ACCESSORIES FOR HEARING AIDS

Although the FCC now requires that hearing aid compatible (HAC) cell phones meet strict guidelines for quality, some hearing aid users wish to further improve their cell phone experience. Add-on devices and cell phone accessories can make cell phones even more compatible with hearing aids. Many cell phones can be used with hearing aid telecoils. […]

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March 15, 2021
DIAGNOSTICS AUDIOLOGIC EVALUATIONS

If you or your child has been referred for a diagnostic audiology evaluation, it means that hearing loss needs to be ruled out or further examined. The diagnostic audiologic evaluation may be indicated for individuals who did not pass an initial hearing screening. The evaluation is done to determine if a hearing loss is present, […]

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