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Hearing Impairment (HI)

Hearing Impairment (HI)

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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Audiology Today Sept/Oct 2019…What’s Inside This Issue?

Take a look at the table of contents and delve into these online articles, which you can now easily search by topic, title, or author. 

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Save Your Hearing Day

May 31 ends Better Hearing and Speech Month with National #SaveYourHearingDay. It is important to take some time to learn ways to protect your hearing and that of your family. Our hearing is vital, and there are ways that hearing loss can be avoidable.

There are various reasons from which hearing loss can be the result, including the following:

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Minnesota’s Zack LaVine Gives Back to Hard-of-Hearing Community

With all the attention focused on greed and selfishness among pro athletes these days, it’s nice to see one that is positive and addresses the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Zack LaVine, who won the NBA’s slam dunk contest during the NBA All-Star Game last month, has donated time and money to the Metro School for the Deaf in St. Paul.

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Hearing Impairment and Diabetes in Veterans

Konrad-Martin et al (2015) report that diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic syndrome affecting one-twelfth of all American adults. Of note, they report that Type 2 DM affects 1 of every 4 to 5 v veterans receiving care at the Veterans Health Administration. (Note that Type 1 DM is less common, Type 2 is the more common and accounts for some 90-95 percent of all diabetes in U.S. adults. See Am Fam Physician. 2010 81(7):863-870.) The authors note that multiple reports suggest hearing loss is (very likely) a disabling complication of DM.  

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The Unparalleled Importance of Speech-in-Noise in 2015

Beck and Repovsch (2013) stated that “speech-in-noise (SIN) testing is quite possibly the single most important functional (i.e., non-diagnostic) test we can perform….” They reported SIN tests measure and represent the most common reason patients come to see us—difficulty understanding speech-in-noise! The authors remind us that the goal is not simply to describe how well or how poorly the patient can repeat words, but that the goal is to describe the maximal speech understanding ability of the patient in the most difficult acoustic listening situations.

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Hearing Impairment, Cognitive Decline, and Amplification

Multiple studies have indicated that hearing loss may be a significant factor with regard to cognitive decline in older adults. Although speculative, perhaps the association between hearing loss and cognitive impairment could both be the result of an underlying common pathology such as vascular disease or inflammation. Other explanations include variations of mechanistic hypotheses such that hearing loss leads to increased isolation and loneliness and increased cognitive load and more.

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