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Coronavirus: Why We’re Investigating the Long-Term Impact on Hearing

Despite the multitude of ongoing research studies on COVID-19, there are many unknowns about the disease. What is known, however, is that it is more than just a simple lung infection.

Current research suggests that the respiratory system is not the lone organ system bearing long-term effects from the disease. COVID-19 may impact cardiovascular, immune, and nervous systems. Coronaviruses also may cause peripheral neuropathy or Guillain-Barré syndrome, both of which could result in auditory neuropathy.

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Behavioral Audiology—An Introduction

An Open Letter to the Audiology Community

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Dr. Palmer Speaks with WTOP About Hearing Protection and Summer Sounds

Academy President Catherine Palmer, PhD, spoke with WTOP about how to protect your hearing from loud summer noise, as well as what to expect if you do experience some hearing loss.

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Cognitive-Processing Issues in Older Patients with ARHL

When serving our older patients, cognitive screenings may provide valuable insight into the listening and communication difficulties in complex environments. However, a recent study by Dr. Christian Füllgrabe (2020) suggests that the results of cognitive screenings may be impacted by the presence of age-related hearing loss (ARHL).

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Can’t Hear Because of this Ringing!

A very common complaint among tinnitus patients is that their hearing is compromised by the presence of tinnitus. If the tinnitus could be cured then they would hear just fine. Recently, Oosterloo et al (2020) sought to address this issue.

Using data from the Rotterdam Study, a population-based cohort study on aging, they compared participants reporting tinnitus to those without tinnitus in subgroups stratified for hearing thresholds on the digits in noise test.

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Age-Related Hearing Loss: Fruit Flies and Humans

Did you know that fruit fly antennal ears share many similarities with human ears?

Keder and colleagues (2020) report on the hearing sensitivity of the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) across its lifespan of approximately 70 days.

Similar to human hearing, with age, hearing of the fruit files declines, with the hearing loss occurring after 50 days of life in the fruit fly.

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Newborn Hearing Screenings and Follow-Up: Essential During a Pandemic?

By Shelley Moats and Liza Creel

The primary objective of local, state, and federal response to COVID-19 is to minimize mortality and mitigate explosive demand for acute health-care services related to COVID-19 complications, especially those that require care in intensive care units. 

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Tinnitus? Or Notched or Sloped Hearing Loss?

Tinnitus is a heterogenous phenomenon that includes a range of sound percepts, patient reactions, and patient characteristics. It is also not uncommon for patients to complain of tinnitus, but based upon further inquiry to determine their chief complaint is actually hearing loss.


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Academy Recommends Protecting Your Hearing from Loud Outdoor Noise Exposure

Loud lawn equipment, fireworks, gunfire...

As summer nears, the American Academy of Audiology is warning the public to protect its hearing when exposed to loud outdoor sounds—from fireworks to lawn equipment to road equipment, blasting and gunfire, many of these are dangerous for hearing.

As temperatures increase across the country and more regions open up to outdoor shopping and dining, more Americans will be spending a greater amount of time outdoors. At the same time, the numbers of Americans facing hearing loss is at a record high and rising annually.

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NHCA Best Practices for Safely Conducting Hearing Testing During COVID-19 Pandemic

Academy representative to the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Richard Danielson, PhD, shares the recently published NHCA guideline, Best Practices Guidelines for Safely Conducting Hearing Testing During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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