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Behavioral Economics: A Conversation with Dr. Daniel Mochon, AAA 2020 Keynote Presenter

On a recent trip to New Orleans to attend the Louisiana Academy of Audiology meeting, I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Dr. Daniel Mochon, who will be the keynote speaker at the AAA 2020 General Assembly, sponsored by Amplifon. AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 1–4. 

Topic(s): Behavioral Economics, AAA Conference, HearTECH Expo, Psychology, audiology, Hearing Health Care, Hearing Aids, Amplification, assistive-listening devices

JAAA Latest Fast Track Articles—October 2, 2019

As the JAAA editors along with our editorial team, we are proud to announce new Fast Track content for JAAA, as of October 2, 2019

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ARC19: Advances in Amplification

Hearing aid processing no longer operates under the assumption that the real-world listening environments are represented by simple laboratory test conditions, such as the talker of interest is in front with noise behind, or even that there is only a single talker of interest. In addition, the driving philosophy has shifted from treating a single complaint (e.g., understanding in noise) to holistically treating individuals across the full range of their real environments and experiences (e.g., connecting to an auditory world).

Topic(s): Amplification, Research, Hearing, Hearing Assistive Technologies (HAT), Hearing Aids, Hearing Health Care, Patient care, Treatment


Publication Issue: Audiology Today September/October 2019

Advances in Amplification: An Interview with ARC 2019 Chair Todd Ricketts, PhD

Are you making your plans for the AAA 2019 in Columbus, Ohio? If so, you will not want to miss this year’s Academy Research Conference (ARC): Advances in Amplification. This conference takes place on the first day of the AAA Annual Conference,
March 27, 2019.

ARC 2019 Chair Todd Ricketts, PhD, kindly accepted our invitation for an interview about this exciting conference.

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FDA Approves Marketing of First Self-Fitting Hearing Aid

The Academy has just become aware of the FDA’s approval of marketing of first self-fitting hearing aid and is identifying any necessary steps to protect the community of consumers who are hard of hearing.

We are closely monitoring and asking our members and the state organizations to be watchful of appropriate process in the distribution. 

As stated by the FDA: “…the device must comply with applicable federal and state laws regarding the sale of hearing aids, including state laws that might require hearing aids….”

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Evaluating Rehabilitation Options: Poll Results

In August, we posted an “In the News” article that posed the question “What would/have you done in a situation where a patient has expressed significant functional hearing impairment with normal pure tone thresholds (0-25dBHL)?”  Eighty-eight (88) members responded to the query with the following results below. Please note more than one option could be chosen, hence the percentage total greater than 100%.

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Children with ANSD Fitted with Hearing Aids

Intervention for children with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD) represents a significant challenge in pediatric audiology. A critical tool for the fitting of amplification in young pediatric patients, the auditory brainstem response (ABR), is compromised in this population for estimation of behavioral thresholds. Despite compromised ABR responses, cortical auditory evoked potentials (CAEP) can often be recorded from ANSD patients, and there is emerging research in the application of CAEP for estimation of behavioral thresholds in this population (He et al. 2013).

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2016 Student Research Forum Winners

On Friday, April 15, 2016, the five recipients of the 2016 Student Research Forum (SRF) Awards gave five outstanding podium presentations. The SRF has been in existence for about a decade, and would not be possible without funding in part by the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF) and an underwriting grant from Plural Publishing, Inc. Each year, the SRF awardees are selected through a rigorous review process from a competitive pool of exciting student research from across the country.

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Hearing Aid Amplification, Psychoacoustics, and Perception of Ongoing Discourse: Interview with Wayne Staab, PhD

Douglas L. Beck, AuD, spoke with Dr. Staab about hearing aid amplification, mid-frequency amplification, frequency lowering, psychoacoustics, perception of ongoing discourse and more.

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Amplification: Spectral Resolution, Working Memory, Audibility, and More

Davies-Venn and Souza (2014) report hearing thresholds (in isolation) do not provide enough information to predict an individual’s success with amplification. Spectral resolution, audibility, and working memory appear to be significant factors, too. Previous studies have shown individual differences in susceptibility to distortions secondary to non-linear amplification are likely to impact outcomes. Although a multitude of previous publications have shown compression systems are superior to linear systems when the compression system provides substantial improvements in audibility.

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