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A Hearing Report from the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic shares with Haiti the island of Hispaniola, which is between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the home to approximately 10.6 million people. The Dominican Republic is known for its exportation of sugar, coffee, and tobacco (Central Intelligence Agency, 2017). The Dominican Republic is also known to be the originating place of bachata and merengue, popular styles of Latin America music and dance. 

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Vibrations of Ecstacy

Audiologists are all about vibrations. Vibrations in the audible spectrum, and then some even lower frequency, longer wavelength vibrations that the vestibular system is so fond of. Seismologists, interested in detecting earthquakes also live in the world of low-frequency, long-wavelength vibrations. In fact, there is now a global network of detectors, on and listening at all times for seismic activity and documenting earthquakes, small and big alike.

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Audiology in the United Kingdom 2008: Interview with British Academy of Audiology President

Interview with Mark Lutman, PhD, President, British Academy of Audiology (BAA), and Professor, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

By Douglas L. Beck, AuD
Board Certified in Audiology
Web Content Editor
American Academy of Audiology

July 22, 2008

Academy/Beck: Good morning, Mark. Thanks for your time.

BAA/Lutman: Hi, Doug. No problem. Always happy to speak with the American Academy of Audiology.

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Using Ultrasound to Study Motion: An Interview with Professor John H. Page, PhD

As audiologists, we live in very focused arenas, such as human hearing. However, there are many sounds above, below and beyond human perception. Further, there are many things sound facilitates besides speech, language, music and background noise. In this interview, we explore some uses of sound with respect to non-human production and perception of sound.

By Douglas L. Beck, AuD

Academy/Beck: Hi, John. It’s an honor to meet you.

Page: Hi, Doug. Thanks. It’s nice to meet you, too.

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Diagnosing APD—Outcomes of a Multicenter Population Study: An Interview with David Moore, PhD

Douglas L. Beck, Web content editor, speaks with David Moore regarding his team’s “IMAP” study of 1,638 children, which suggests that APD may primarily be an auditory cognitive problem, rather than a sensory processing problem.

Academy: Hi, David. Thanks for your time today.

Moore: Hi, Doug. My pleasure. Thanks for your interest on our work.

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British Academy of Audiology (BAA), the Beatles, and Liverpool: Interview with the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councilor Steven Rotheram

Douglas L. Beck, AuD, Web content editor, speaks with the Lord Mayor about the BAA, held in Liverpool in November 2008 (and again in November 2009). The Lord Mayor invites audiologists from around the world to visit Liverpool in 2009 and experience the “2008 European Capital of Culture.”

Academy: Good afternoon, Lord Mayor. It’s an honor to meet you.

Lord Mayor: Thanks, Dr. Beck, the pleasure is mine. It’s my first time being surrounded by audiologists, they’re a delightful bunch and we’re honored to have them.

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Bilingual Speakers: Advantages and Disadvantages

In the January 2008 Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, authors Deborah Weiss and James J. Dempsey reported on 25 proficient and language competent, bilingual speakers. Each of the participants learned Spanish as their first language and English as their second language. Each had normal hearing and normal tympanograms. Participants were divided into two groups based on age of acquisition of their second language.

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Vestibular Disorientation and Space Sickness

Suzanne Nooij defended her doctoral dissertation in May 20, 2008, at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, alongside her PhD supervisor, Wubbo Eckels — the first Dutchman in space as a space shuttle passenger (1986). Nooij's dissertation topic was Space Adaptation Syndrome (SAS). SAS is experienced by up to 80% of all astronauts and usually lasts for not more than the first three days of space flight. Nooij's premise is that SAS occurs when humans experience the onset or conclusion of centrifuge-like motion (rotation) and when they adapt to different gravitational forces.

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Newborn Screenings Without Hearing Loss Risk Factors

Researchers* from Belgium recently published their prospective study of 170 consecutive neonates who failed newborn hearing screenings and were referred to their center between 1998 and 2006. Researchers estimated these findings would represent some 87,000 screenings.

Validation of screening results was accomplished using clinical ENT exams, ABR, ASSR, and other electrophysiologic tests as well as behavioral tests.

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Report from Quebec: Unintended Injury or Complications Occur Three Times More Often in Patients with Communication Problems

Researchers evaluated records from 2,400 patients across 20 hospitals in Quebec. Patients with communication problems such as deafness, blindness, and psychiatric disorders were determined to be at three times the risk for unintended negative consequences secondary to delivery of care issues, rather than their diagnosed condition. Preventable adverse effects happened more in women that in men and occurred more in patients over age 65. Half the problems encountered were due to hearing difficulties.

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