COVID-19 and Its Effects on Hearing

While we have learned a lot about COVID-19 over the last year, questions still linger regarding its long-term effects.

The Royal National Institute for the Deaf, the Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust, and the University of Manchester recently funded research investigators at the National Institute for Health Research Manchester Biomedical Research Center to explore the potential impacts to hearing on patients previously hospitalized for COVID-19.

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Deaf Firefighter Perseveres with Dedication Amid 2020 Challenges

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ONLINE FEATURE | Deaf Firefighter Perseveres with Dedication Amid 2020 Challenges

The year 2020 has been unlike any other. California’s fire season, spanning from August to November, now logs 8,834 fire incidents, 31 fatalities, the loss of 10,488 structures, and an estimated 4,149,345 acres burned—an area larger than the state of Connecticut (, 2020 and Wigglesworth, 2020).

Topic(s): Cochlear Implants (CI), audiology, Hearing Aids, Deaf, Hearing Loss, Hearing Conservation, Occupational Hearing Loss


Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2021

Search for Transparent Face Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Samu

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NPR Podcast Enforces That There Is Still Work to Be Done

In a recent NPR podcast, Dave Davies interviews David Owen, a staff writer for The New Yorker, about his recent book, Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World.

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KNOW HOW | The Beep that Keeps Me Up at Night

It is 2:00 am. I am searching through my house to find the smoke alarm that is running out of battery. Why does it always seem to go off at 2:00 am?! This sound is familiar to many of us; however, most alerting devices (alarm clocks, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, weather monitors, etc.) have one thing in common: alerting users with a high-pitch auditory signal. This raises a significant concern. Patients who are deaf or are hard of hearing may not be able to hear an alerting signal unaided, which puts their lives at risk and can make them less independent. 

Topic(s): Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, safety

You Took Your Keys When Exiting the Vehicle…But

But, did you push the ignition button?

The Kentucky Commission of Deaf and Hard Hearing have a public service announcement warning of the dangers of keyless ignition cars.

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Beethoven’s Tragic Hearing Loss

"For two years I have avoided almost all social gatherings because it is impossible for me to say to people 'I am deaf'," he wrote. "If I belonged to any other profession it would be easier, but in my profession it is a frightful state."  

Ludwig von Beethoven is one of the most immortal composers of all time. Born in December 1770, Beethoven enjoyed early success as a composer and musician. Tragically, he suffered from progressive hearing loss that reportedly started in his mid- to late 20s. 

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How Do You Sign, “Venti Berry Hibiscus Refresher”?

Well, you better get working on your signing skills for that favorite drink of yours. Then take the Red Line on the DC metro to the Union Station, do not walk toward the Capitol, but go the other way towards 6th and H streets. There, in the very near future, you will find a Starbucks store to practice your newly polished signing skills.

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