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Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

Benefits of Oysters

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“Cool” Research in Hearing Loss Prevention

Prevention of hearing loss is a major area of research. Novel approaches for primary and secondary prevention are in various stages of development including pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches. Therapeutic hypothermia has been long used to protect neural and vascular integrity dating to the pioneering work of Fay nearly 75 years ago (Fay, 1940). However, systematic hypothermia can have unwanted side effects, which restricts application in clinical settings.

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Study Finds Support for Classroom Acoustics Standards (ANSI/ASA, 2010)

A recently-published study by Frank Ingelhart evaluated the speech perception performance of 23 children with cochlear implants and 23 children with normal hearing through the speech frequencies (500-4000 Hz). Speech perception testing was completed in a classroom environment at three different reverberation times—0.9 seconds, 0.6 seconds, and 0.3 seconds.

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NAS Report on Hearing Care for Adults

On June 2, 2016, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS; formerly the Institute of Medicine) issued a report on the access and affordability of hearing care for adults. This report is the output of a 17-member scientific and professional committee, and it is NOT the same as the 2015 report issued by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). 

Today’s NAS report presents 12 recommendations for improving access to hearing health care.

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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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May 25 Is National Wine Day!

Celebrated each year, it has a sister holiday in February, National Drink Wine Day. I guess today you're just supposed to pour a glass and admire it. If you DO elect to consume, the resveratrol (a polyphenolic compound found in grape skin) in red wine has been shown to be of potential benefit in prevention of ischemic, noise, and age-related hearing loss, though the mechanism of protection remains unclear.

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How to Guarantee 2016 Is a Fabulous Year for Business

Opinion Editorial by Gyl Kasewurm, AuD

Is 2016 starting out as a good year for business? If you are a business owner, it’s your job to assess the strengths, uncover the weaknesses and to take steps to intentionally make 2016 a great year for business. The first and most important step is to TRACK the results. Tracking costs, sources of revenue, Help Rates, and Marketing ROIs are critical for success. After 30 years as a business owner, I have some thoughts on how to make 2016 a Fabulous Year for business.

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2016 Student Research Forum Winners

On Friday, April 15, 2016, the five recipients of the 2016 Student Research Forum (SRF) Awards gave five outstanding podium presentations. The SRF has been in existence for about a decade, and would not be possible without funding in part by the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF) and an underwriting grant from Plural Publishing, Inc. Each year, the SRF awardees are selected through a rigorous review process from a competitive pool of exciting student research from across the country.

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Prince’s Philanthropic Side

To many Minnesotans, Prince Rogers Nelson was a larger-than-life character who transformed Minnesota’s music scene in the early 1980s with his provocative, charismatic, and engaging style. His magnum opus, “Purple Rain,” dominated the album charts for nearly one-half of 1984, and the movie opened at #1 when it opened in July 1984. He was definitely at the top of his game when he came to Washington, DC, in the fall that year, where he performed seven sold-out shows at Landover’s Capital Centre over a two-week time period.

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PCAST Meeting Live

Academy Members: Listen to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) meeting live today to hear about Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of hearing aids. Drs. Ian Windmill, Dave Fabry, Alicia Spoor, and Mead Killion will be among the speakers. 

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