Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids

A New Solution for Hearing Speech Amidst Noise

The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology in Germany is wrapping up a three-year research project that could address the most common complaint we hear in audiology—understanding speech-in-noise.

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Hearing Aids and Cognitive Function

The relationship between hearing loss and cognitive status has long been recognized with significant work in the early 1980s. Nonetheless, the complexity of hearing loss, complexity of cognitive function, and predominance cross-sectional work has limited ability to confirm or deny a causal relationship. If a relationship exists, causal or not, it is plausible that treatment of hearing loss may reduce risk or mitigate evidence of cognitive decline with age.

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There’s an App for That

The University of Michigan is rolling out a new Apple app for a hearing study that will measure the user’s environmental and headphone sound exposures over time. 

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JAAA Table of Contents (February 2020)

Vol. 31, No. 2 (February 2020) of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (JAAA) is now available online.

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Ethical Selling of Hearing Aid Solutions

Oliver F. von Borstel, an internationally renowned speaker, has some awesome new ways to encourage patients to say “yes” to hearing aids.  

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Advocacy 2019: Year in Review

This Year in Review details how the American Academy of Audiology mobilized its legislative, regulatory, and political resources to advocate for audiologists on critical issues facing the profession.

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Learning to Listen: Audiologists Are Pivotal

Catherine Palmer, in her General Assembly Speech at the Academy’s 2019 annual conference, inspired us by emphasizing that audiologists have an incredibly important and expanded role in the health and well-being of the people we serve. 

“Audiologists start a chain of events for a child that will promote reading, education, and employment,” she said in her address. 

That chain of events starts with a child learning to listen and learning spoken language. This article will address the audiologist’s role in those events from a very practical perspective.

Topic(s): Audiologist, Professional Development, auditory information, auditory neural pathways, Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants (CI), Parents’ Evaluation of Aural/Oral Performance of Children (PEACH), auditory brainstem response (ABR), visual reinforcement audiology (VRA)

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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 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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Familiarity Equals Interaction

Genesis Politron, a teacher in California, who teaches pre-school and kindergarten saw that there are not too many opportunity for children wearing an amplification device to identify themselves with the toys in their lives. Politron took it upon herself to fill this need and handcrafted dolls who wore cochlear implants and hearing aids. 

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