Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

New Genetic Study May Be the Key to Alternative Treatment to Hearing Loss

Is science getting closer to identifying ways to reverse hearing loss from damaged hair cells?

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NORA for Hearing Loss Prevention 2019

The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for Hearing Loss Prevention was made available to the public July 30, 2019. The document was developed by the Hearing Loss Cross-Sector Council and was available for public comment before being finalized. The NORA councils are populated with a wide variety of stakeholders interested in the specific topic including people from Universities, large and small businesses, professional societies, government agencies, and worker organizations. The overarching goal is to improve safety and health in the workplace. 

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JAAA Editorial: The American Academy of Audiology Honors Committee: A Mechanism to Acknowledge Those in Audiology Who Have Gone Above and Beyond in Their Contribution to the Profession


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Volume 30, Number 7,

July/August 2019


Patricia Gaffney, AuD  Chair, Academy Honors Committee

Devin L. McCaslin, PhD 
• Deputy Editor, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology


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JAAA Latest Fast Track Articles—July 5, 2019

As the JAAA editors along with our editorial team, we are proud to announce new Fast Track content for JAAA, as of July 5, 2019. We are working diligently to publish ahead of print. We strive for a two-month turnaround on articles from acceptance to digital publication. Plan to see more of these announcements about content updates each month.

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Speaking of Fireworks and Summer Sounds

With the Fourth of July just now behind us, we still have plenty of family cookouts, gatherings by the pool or at the beach, and more summer celebration sounds and fireworks ahead. It is usually a good idea to keep the fireworks to the professionals and attend a show in your region applying safe show practices (with hearing protection in hand or rather in ears). 

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The Terminology of False and Exaggerated Hearing Loss

The Problem

Most audiologists probably have encountered a patient who produces within- or among-test discrepancies in audiometric results that have no medical explanation. This phenomenon goes under a multiplicity of terms. In addition to pseudohypacusis, nonorganic hearing loss, and functional hearing loss, there are malingering, dis/simulating, faking, feigning, conversion, hysterical, psychogenic, and more. 

Topic(s): false and exaggerated hearing loss (FEHL), Hearing Loss, Psychology, Audiogram, speech-in-noise, dysphonia, spastic dysphonia, spasmodic dysphonia

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

I Hear Fine, Others Need to Just Stop Mumbling

As audiologists, it is common to come across patients who deny hearing difficulty or rationalize those difficulties to external variables. This brings up the question, how prevalent is report of self-perceived good hearing despite audiometric evidence of hearing loss?

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CASE STUDY INVESTIGATION | Considering Birth History When It Comes to High-Frequency Hearing

Case History

The 26-year-old mother was healthy throughout the term of the pregnancy and went into labor at 40-weeks' gestation. The pregnancy was complicated just prior to delivery with a possible abruption. There was significant bradycardia with the heart rate of the patient down to 40 beats per minute prior to delivery. This required a stat cesarean section.

Topic(s): Hearing Loss, High Frequency, Balance/Vestibular, Patient care

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Audiologists with Hearing Loss: A Different Perspective

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, at AudiologyNOW! (now AAA Annual Conference) in Indianapolis, Indiana, the annual Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Audiologists Meeting sparked connections and a desire to change perspectives. 

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, AAA Conference, Hearing Loss, Audiologist

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CASE STUDY INVESTIGATION | When Is Ménière’s Disease Not Ménière’s Disease?

Dizziness is a common complaint, with approximately 35 percent of adults reporting dizziness, with the prevalence increasing dramatically with age (Agrawal, 2009). As the profession of audiology has evolved, so has our understanding of the various disorders that cause imbalance and dizziness. This article will walk you through the case of Sunny Susan (patient’s name changed to protect identity), a woman who I first saw as a balance patient after she had spent over 22 years struggling with recurrent dizziness and progressive hearing loss. 

Topic(s): Dizziness, Balance/Vestibular, Meniere’s Disease (MD), conductive-mixed hearing loss, Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, Patient care

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2018