Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

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Autism Spectrum Disorder and Hearing Loss: A New Frontier of Clinical Care

The popular Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology is one of the highlights of the American Academy of Audiology annual conference. The 2019 conference in Columbus, Ohio, will mark the 15th anniversary of the lecture series. To celebrate this landmark honoring the legacy of Marion Downs, the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF), with support from the Oticon Foundation, is pleased to host a presentation and panel of experts discussing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the clinical audiologist.

Topic(s): Audiologist, Hearing Loss, Pediatric


Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2019

Advances in Amplification: An Interview with ARC 2019 Chair Todd Ricketts, PhD

Are you making your plans for the AAA 2019 in Columbus, Ohio? If so, you will not want to miss this year’s Academy Research Conference (ARC): Advances in Amplification. This conference takes place on the first day of the AAA Annual Conference,
March 27, 2019.

ARC 2019 Chair Todd Ricketts, PhD, kindly accepted our invitation for an interview about this exciting conference.

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The Slippery Reverse Slope

We have all interacted with the person with generally sloping sensorineural hearing loss who has more trouble hearing children and other high pitch sounds. The accompanying social commentary made in jest surrounds the man with the hearing loss being accused of having selective hearing, specifically ignoring his wife. Well the table has been turned.

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Hearing Loss Is Truly Depressing

Want to provide your patients with more information over the health impacts of hearing loss?

In a study by Golub and colleagues (2018), an association was found between age-related hearing loss and depression. This cross-sectional study of Hispanic adults revealed that for every 20 dB increase in hearing loss, the risk for depressive symptoms increased approximately 45 percent. The implications of these findings are discussed in this JAMA article.


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Hearing Loss and Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Is there a difference between hearing professionals that only perform first fit without verification versus patients that forgo hearing tests and purchase over the counter (OTC)? 

This article written by Huch, an audiologist and president of Oro Valley and Grace Hearing Center, discusses the implications of OTC hearing aids and how it will ultimately impact consumers with hearing loss. 

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Beethoven’s Tragic Hearing Loss

"For two years I have avoided almost all social gatherings because it is impossible for me to say to people 'I am deaf'," he wrote. "If I belonged to any other profession it would be easier, but in my profession it is a frightful state."  

Ludwig von Beethoven is one of the most immortal composers of all time. Born in December 1770, Beethoven enjoyed early success as a composer and musician. Tragically, he suffered from progressive hearing loss that reportedly started in his mid- to late 20s. 

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A Closer Look at the Trend of Loud Restaurants

Do you need more information to convince your patients why they should avoid going to restaurants during peak hours of business?

This article written by Wagner, architectural writer and graduate student of acoustical studies at the Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory, dives into the history of restaurant acoustics and provides insight into why restaurants have become so loud. The trend of loud restaurants is not only harmful to hearing but has also been linked to “unhealthy food choices and excessive alcohol consumption.”

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Holiday Advice for Those with Hearing Loss

The holidays bring together families around the country, young and old alike look forward to these special shared moments. For those with hearing loss, the holidays can be overwhelming. Difficulty following conversations can lead to frustration and stress for both the individual with hearing loss and family.

Here are some simple tips for making the holidays a sound occasion.

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Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

It’s no secret that a significant key to good health is maintaining a physically active lifestyle. But, approximately 80 percent of U.S. adults and children fall short of the recommended guidelines.

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Hearing Protection Use Among Adults

During 2011-2012, 21 million U.S. adults who reported no work related no exposure exhibited hearing damage suggestive of noise induced hearing loss and implicated non-occupational noise exposure as a major public health concern (Carroll et al, 2017).

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