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New WHA Resolution

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The World Health Assembly has adopted its first resolution on hearing loss in 20 years. Read more about the resolution here: http://bit.ly/2qAIfto

Amanda Farah Cox Web editor

Iron Deficiency Anemia Tied to Hearing Loss

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A new study found a correlation between iron deficiency anemia and hearing loss. A study of over 300,000 people found that those with iron deficiency anemia were two and a half times more likely to have hearing loss.  The study offers no concrete...

Amanda Farah Cox Web editor

Places still available on London adult rehab course

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With four weeks to go, it's not too late to book your tickets to London for this 3-day course dedicated to non-technological aspects of rehabilitation. There's a great line-up of speakers and lots of opportunity to chat to like-minded colleagues....

Lucy Handscomb Hearing Therapist

Learn about research into adult rehab in London

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You might be interested in attending a 3 day course we run at UCL Ear Institute in central London called Rehabilitation for Adults with Acquired Hearing Loss. The latest research will be presented along with practical ideas for your rehab clinic....

Lucy Handscomb Hearing Therapist

Adult Hearing Loss in Europe 2016

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The Ear Foundation is hosting a conference to address the impact of adult hearing loss, the real costs of adult hearing loss to Europe, and how increasing access to today’s technology across Europe can change lives and save money. Adult Hearing...

Amanda Farah Cox Web editor

Hearing Loss is the Most Common Workplace Injury in the US

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An article published by health policy group the Kaiser Foundation states that hearing loss is now the most common workplace injury in the US. It cites outdated policies and poor enforcement of hearing protection use by different companies as the...

Amanda Farah Cox Web editor

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As a nice follow-up to this, ASHA has great resources for adult hearing screenings: http://www.asha.org/Practice-Portal/Professional-Issues/Adult-Hearing-Screening/

Amanda Farah Cox Web editor

Zika Virus Linked to Hearing Loss

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A Brazilian study following 69 newborns confirmed to have the Zika virus found that 16 of them failed initial hearing screenings, with four ultimately being diagnosed with permanent sensorineural hearing loss. Read the full article at...

Amanda Farah Cox Web editor

Hearing Loss and Baby Boomerdom

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Over at the New York Times is a column asking, "Why Can't I Hear as Well as Before?" It focuses on the Baby Boomer generation, many of who are experiencing normal, age-related hearing loss. The author does a good job of explaining hearing loss as a...

Amanda Farah Cox Web editor

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Over at the New York Times is a column asking, "Why Can't I Hear as Well as Before?" It focuses on the Baby Boomer generation, many of who are experiencing normal, age-related hearing loss. The author does a good job of explaining hearing loss as a...
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A protocol to allow for detection of hearing problems at the prenatal stage.

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A Mexican research group is developing a protocol to allow for detection of hearing problems at the prenatal stage. Such a technique would open the way to beginning rehabilitation of newborn babies immediately following birth.   The research team...

Sharmi Albrechtsen Associate Director

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great job..

Muhammad Zubair Audiologist

1 in 5 American teens has a hearing loss

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A new study reveals that 19.5% of American teens have some degree of hearing loss. In most cases, it's a slight hearing loss, but the percentage of the population experiencing it is on the rise. Though there is no hard evidence, mobile phones and...

Amanda Farah Cox Web editor

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A stunning number of teens have lost a little bit of their hearing — nearly one in five — and the problem has increased substantially in recent years, a new national study has found.Some experts are urging teenagers to turn down the volume on their...

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FDA approves at-home hearing test

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The iHearTest, an over-the-counter hearing screener, recently gained FDA approval in the US. The aim of the test is to increase access to hearing healthcare, in this case by reaching people who otherwise wouldn't visit an audiologist for a...

Amanda Farah Cox Web editor

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"Disruptive" often means it can be good or bad. Same here: This is truly a good initiative if it will motivate more people to screen their hearing. It is bad if it becomes the first step in a process where people can acquire hearing amplification...

Søren Hougaard Secretary General

1 in 4 men over the age of 55 who think they hear well..... actually have a hearing loss

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These recent findings are from the annual health survey, conducted by NatCen Social Research in the United Kingdom. Around two million people who need a hearing aid do not even realise they have problems, the annual health survey says. Dr Jennifer...

Sharmi Albrechtsen Associate Director

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Very informative and eye opening statistics. However, the picture of the very sad gentleman being fitted with an old fashion BTE with a full shell mold is typical in depicting children and adults who wear hearing devices. If we are to change the...

LOUIS SIEMINSKI Audiologist/owner/administrator

Is Everybody Mumbling? Try A Hearing Test You Take On The Phone

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A new scientifically validated phone hearing test is now available for 5 USD. So far, tens of thousands of people have taken the National Hearing Test that has been supported by the National Institutes of...

Sharmi Albrechtsen Associate Director

Is Everybody Mumbling? Try A Hearing Test You Take On The Phone

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A new scientifically validated phone hearing test is now available for 5 USD. So far, tens of thousands of people have taken the National Hearing Test that has been supported by the National Institutes of...

Sharmi Albrechtsen Associate Director

Is Everybody Mumbling? Try A Hearing Test You Take On The Phone

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A new scientifically validated phone hearing test is now available for 5 USD. So far, tens of thousands of people have taken the National Hearing Test that has been supported by the National Institutes of...

Sharmi Albrechtsen Associate Director

It's not denial. It's observation.

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I've written an article that's just been published in Hearing Review on how individuals that we assume are "in denial" may simply be reporting their own "observations". The reasons are explained and referenced in the...

Curtis Alcock Owner

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Hi Curtis, Thank you for sharing. It's a very interesting article, very empathetic, and very person-centered. I think communication partners are key players here, because they are the ones who notice the hearing loss first. The problem is, of...

Amanda Farah Cox Web editor

Genes are related to noise-induced hearing loss

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Researchers in France find that absence of the pejvakin protein, encoded by the PJVK gene, is related to noise-induced hearing loss in both mice and humans. The team of researchers from France’s Institut Pasteur, Inserm, Collège de France and the...

Sharmi Albrechtsen Associate Director

A Drug for Hearing Loss?

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It sounds very futuristic, but Third Rock Ventures has just invested $52 million into research for a drug that can help treat hearing loss.  The motivations behind the company are thus: "Third Rock has decided to go after the problem now because...

Amanda Farah Cox Web editor

Children with hearing loss benefit from early intervention

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A new study conducted by the University of Iowa, Boys Town National Hospital and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill examined the language development of children with hearing loss who received early intervention. The Outcomes of...

Amanda Farah Cox Web editor

Babies' babbles reflect their own involvement in language development

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'Dada' is a first word for many babies. Babbling sounds with consonant-vowel repetitions, such as 'dada,' are common among infants once they reach 8 months old; however, these sounds are not prevalent among infants who have profound hearing loss --...

Sharmi Albrechtsen Associate Director

Fatique and Vigor Problems in People with Hearing Loss

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Last week Audiology World News published an article about severe fatigue and vigor problems in people with hearing loss. Based on research from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, the article refers to the influence of hearing difficulties on...

Marie Bauerova Student Assistant

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The study suggests the level of fatigue is related to perceived hearing difficulties. If one could reduce the level of perceived difficulties, would that reduce the fatigue? For example, is it because pexpel are having to concentrate harder because...

Curtis Alcock Owner

Hearing Loss Costs Far More Than Ability to Hear

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Hello everyone, enclosed is a well-written blog from the New York Times from last week.  She quotes a study that found untreated hearing loss was associated with a loss in annual income that could reach...

Sharmi Albrechtsen Associate Director

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She also mentions Dr. Frank Lin's study on the connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline. Interestingly, she followed the piece up the next week with a post on the financial costs of hearing aids, how they can be prohibitively...

Amanda Farah Cox Web editor

New Study links hearing impairment to increased risk of death

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Findings of a team from John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, show that the greater a person's hearing impairment, the greater their risk of death. In an age-adjusted model, the researchers found participants with moderate or...

Sharmi Albrechtsen Associate Director

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Thank you Sharmi. Here is a link to an earlier study that suggested a similar link between hearing loss and mortaility. This large epidemiological study concluded that older men with hearing impairment or dual-sensory impairment (hearing and vision)...

Harvey Abrams Director of Audiology Research

Hearables: The Growing Trend

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Hearing Health and Technology Matters have an article about the growing market for "hearables," in-ear devices that can stream from smartphones or act as amplification. The industry is growing rapidly, with over $30 million invested this year alone....

Amanda Farah Cox Web editor

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The use of hearables will increase over the next few years. People who perceive they have a mild problem hearing (not always the case) will be attracted to the lower cost of such devices as well as the ease of acquiring them. They will not...

LOUIS SIEMINSKI Audiologist/owner/administrator

Rethinking the social psychology of hearing and its implications for hearing services

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We are pleased to advise colleagues that we have published our new book entitled 'hearing impairment and hearing disability - towards paradigm change in hearing services' thru Ashgate publishers in London. Independent reviews include Jean Pierre...

E. G. Anthony Hogan Rehabilitation Counsellor

The Transtheoretical Model in Audiology

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In his latest column for Hearing Health and Technology Matters, Harvey Abrams discusses the Transtheoretical Model of change. He is a friend of Ida, so he is familiar with our Circle tool, which we are of course delighted to see referenced. His...

Hans Henrik Philipsen Chief Consultant, Anthropologist, Phd.

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The Transtheoretical Model of Change, and the Ida Circle Tool, certainly provides hearing healthcare professionals with a useful framework for guiding our clinical decisions and audiological rehabilitation. Of course, with a strong interest in...

Nerina Scarinci Academic

A Parent's Journey: Pediatric Audiology

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In the January/February issue of the ENT & Audiology News, pediatrics was a special focus. In the journal was an interesting interview with author and parent of two deaf children, Tamsin Coates. The author is a Speech and Language Therapist...

Sharmi Albrechtsen Associate Director

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Hi Sharmi, I think this is a very important concept to explore, as addressing the needs of all members of the family unit is a key concept in providing true family-centred care. In a recent qualitative study at UQ we spoke with parents,...

Nerina Scarinci Academic

Developing Trust

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How do patients define patient-centered care? What characteristics do they look for in a hearing care professional? Caitlin Grenness and her fellow coauthors interviewed ten older adults who had owned hearing aids for at least one year. She asked...

Ena Nielsen Project Manager

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In relation to the questions about trust formulated by Ena, forum members might also like to read a short opinion piece on the topic by Prof Mark Henaghan published in the Otago University Magazine in NZ, entitled "Can You Trust Your Doctor?"...

Paul Peryman audiologist

Apps Offer Patients an Active Role

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Can technology facilitate a patient-centered approach to hearing health care? How is technology facilitating the movement towards self-diagnosis and self-treatment? The New York Times recently explored how health care Apps for smartphones can...

Timothy Cooke

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Here's a an interesting example of an app for testing children's hearing: This "point of care diagnostic tool" is one of the more extreme ways we can use tele-health, but it sounds like a great way to help children living in places where they...

Sharmi Albrechtsen Associate Director

Fatigue and Children With Hearing Loss

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New research shows that school-aged children with hearing loss experience significantly more fatigue than their normal hearing peers. It has been shown that adults with hearing loss require more 'effort in hearing' when doing the same job as...

Timothy Cooke

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Hi, An important concern and perhaps overlooked. In my experience, fatigue for hearing impaired children, particularly during school, is well known to families and educators. The effort of attending, listening and trying to hear what others are...

Paul Peryman audiologist

The Electronic Health Record

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In the June 2013 edition of JAMA, Amina White and Marion Davis discuss how the Electronic Health Record and the computer screen can enhance patient-centered communication and collaboration, rather than becoming a barrier. "A video ethnography...

Timothy Cooke

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I strongly believe that used properly the EHR can be your friend! There is research to show that it can be used as a bridge as you describe above or act as a fully engaged 'third actor' in the consultation. It can be used to impart and also collect...

Fiona Barker Clinical scientist

Principles of Pediatric Hearing Healthcare

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In the August Issue of the Hearing Journal, Joanna Smith and Jace Wolfe proposed ten principles for pediatric hearing healthcare. http://goo.gl/Vce9Cy Among the principles, they highlighted the importance of early intervention and enabling...

Timothy Cooke

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This document places it's emphasis on optimising access to sound to facilitate the perception of speech and the development of speaking. While some of the suggestions are consistent with current best practice in paediatric audiology and habilitative...

Paul Peryman audiologist

Adjusting to Life with a Hearing Aid

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An article in the May 2013 edition of Health and Social Care describes older people's views on what they need to successfully adjust to life with a hearing aid. The University of Dundee (UK) study explored what older people believe would help...

Timothy Cooke

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This is a subject, which is very close to my heart, and although I agree with the need for offering group AR programs I don’t think it is as simple as that. In my master’s thesis from October 2012 I sought to evaluate and make recommendations to...

Adeline Wilson

Changing Language in Audiology

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I attended a BSHAA conference recently and heard a very interesting lecture by Curtis Alcock, who spoke about the stigma atached to hearing aids.  The focus of the talk was how the language used by audiologists is very negative eg hearing LOSS, ear...

Jane Shorrock Mrs

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I hired a Coach to observe my A.R. Class and to mentor my new Au.D.s. She had some wonderful comments to make but the one that was the most disconcerting to me was that, as a consumer, when I spoke to her about Aural Rehabilitation, she heard...
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