Hard-of-Hearing

Hard-of-Hearing

Search for Transparent Face Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Samu

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JAAA Table of Contents (November/December 2019)

Vol. 30, No. 10 (November/December 2019) of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (JAAA) is now available online. 

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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

JAAA Latest Fast Track Articles—August 20, 2019

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Ears and Brain

A recent Morning Edition on NPR highlighted the role of hearing aids in slowing the rate of cognitive decline in older adults. The feature highlighted the work of Maharani et al (2018) that examined the relationship. Drawing data from the Health and Retirement Study (HSR), Maharani and colleagues showed that cognitive function based on episodic memory (word recall) was associated with hearing aid use and that decline in episodic memory was mitigated by reported use of hearing aids. The authors reported the rate of decline was reduced by 75 percent.

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