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Hearing Aids for Mild-to-Moderate Hearing Loss in Adults

A recent systematic review concluded that hearing aid use in older adults with a mild-to-moderate hearing loss was beneficial in improving everyday situations, general health-related quality of life and improve listening ability with little evidence of harm.

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A Proposed Protocol: Assessment for Patients with Single-Sided Deafness or Asymmetric Hearing Loss

Do you fit bone-conduction hearing aids, contralateral routing of signals (CROS) hearing aids, and/or cochlear implants to your adult patients with single-sided deafness or asymmetric hearing loss (with the four-frequency pure-tone average in the poorer ear being greater than or equal to 70 dB HL)? Curious which one is the best treatment? If so, you may be interested in a consensus paper by Van de Heyning et al (2016). 

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Unilateral Hearing Loss: What to Do?

Patients with unilateral hearing loss can present with variable issues. Much is dependent on the severity of the hearing loss (threshold and speech understanding), age of onset, hearing status of contralateral ear, and presence of comorbidities (e.g., vertigo, cognitive status, central auditory processing, hyperacusis, tinnitus, disease/pathology/disorder, etc.). Adult-onset severe-to-profound unilateral sensorineural hearing loss with normal hearing sensitivity in the contralateral ear presents a unique dilemma.

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From Landscape to Soundscape

Location, location, location! No matter what your real estate need, the mantra to know seems to be the same—location, location, location. Want to find a place to live, the photo better include a cul-de-sac. Looking for a place to move your business, the landscape better involve lots of parking, a busy intersection, and other businesses to draw people to you. We routinely deduce useful information from visuals of locations and feel secure about making decisions based on that information.

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Tinnitus and Physical Activity

Carpenter-Thompson et al (2015) report their online survey of 1,030 people, of which approximately 630 responses were used in their analysis.

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Cochlear Implant Satisfaction and Psychological Profiles

Kobosko et al (2015) report that when post-lingually deafened adults acquire a cochlear implant, the benefits extend beyond hearing. That is, quality of life improves, as does psychological well-being and social interactions. The authors studied the relationship between cochlear implant (CI) satisfaction and level of psychological distress, stress coping strategies, and global self-esteem.

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When to Fit Hearing Aids for Hearing Loss and Tinnitus?

Sereda et al (2015) report the results of their three-round Dephi Review, which explored “clinical consensus” (agreement of 70 percent or greater) of 28 hearing professional panelists in the United Kingdom. One hundred and fifteen (115) statements were evaluated and 58 statements achieved consensus.

Sample of factors that achieved consensus for fitting hearing aids with mild loss and without bothersome tinnitus:

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How Much Sleep Do We Need?

Many people are interested to know the ideal quantity of sleep for adults and children, but there is little guidance available. The American Thoracic Society (ATS) reviewed the scientific literature and also relied on empirical evidence and clinical experience to develop recommendations and guidelines.

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