Hearing in Noise

Hearing in Noise

NASEM Releases Report on Evaluating Hearing Loss in People with Cochlear Implants

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has released the report Evaluating Hearing Loss for Individuals with Cochlear Implants.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) requested that NASEM study and recommend generalized testing procedures and criteria for evaluating the level of functional hearing ability needed to make a disability determination in adults and children after cochlear implantation. 

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Survey of Teen Noise Exposure

In a recent survey and analysis published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), John Eichwald, MA, chief of the CDC Child Development and Disability Branch, and Franco Scinicariello, MD, a health scientist at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, reported some startling results regarding teenagers and loud noise exposure.

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Bored Out of My Mind

Hi! I am a hearing aid and I am bored out of my mind.

It took years, no decades, for me to hone the skills to be a discriminating listener. At first, I could tell when sound was coming from the front versus other directions. Then, I could tell when you were speaking from when the fan was whirring or traffic was zipping by.

It took a lot of hard work but I even learned how to pull out the voice of whomever was speaking with you from the random noises in the background. 

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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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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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Academy Launches Music and Hearing Research Grant and Consensus Document

In April 2020, the American Academy of Audiology launches its newest grant program to support research relative to the prevention and treatment of hearing loss in musicians. The Music and Hearing Research Grant program will support research studies to add to the body of knowledge that will shape best practices in this area of audiology practice.

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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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Pure-Tone Average and Speech-in-Noise

The pure-tone average (PTA) of 500, 1000, 2000 Hz has long been used as a calculation for hearing impairment for speech understanding. It became the basis for the 1959 American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology (AAOO) hearing-impairment calculation. 


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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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Illustration of human hearing loss