COVID-19 and Its Effects on Hearing

While we have learned a lot about COVID-19 over the last year, questions still linger regarding its long-term effects.

The Royal National Institute for the Deaf, the Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust, and the University of Manchester recently funded research investigators at the National Institute for Health Research Manchester Biomedical Research Center to explore the potential impacts to hearing on patients previously hospitalized for COVID-19.

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New Israeli Study Suggests COVID-19 Does Not Damage Auditory System

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been reports in the professional literature on possible hearing loss caused by the disease. A new study from Tel Aviv University (TAU), in collaboration with the Galilee Medical Center, finds no evidence of damage to the auditory system as a result of COVID-19 infection.  

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Research Grants in Hearing and Balance: Call for Applications

The American Academy of Audiology is now accepting proposals for the 2021 cycle of the Research Grants in Hearing and Balance Program.

Funded by the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF), this program awards research grants of up to $10,000 for a new investigator’s study and up to $5,000 for a study by a student investigator.

Also available through AAAF funding is one $2,500 stipend for a student summer research fellowship.

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Coronavirus: Why We’re Investigating the Long-Term Impact on Hearing

Despite the multitude of ongoing research studies on COVID-19, there are many unknowns about the disease. What is known, however, is that it is more than just a simple lung infection.

Current research suggests that the respiratory system is not the lone organ system bearing long-term effects from the disease. COVID-19 may impact cardiovascular, immune, and nervous systems. Coronaviruses also may cause peripheral neuropathy or Guillain-Barré syndrome, both of which could result in auditory neuropathy.

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Grant Writing Success at AAA 2020

By Nicholas S. Reed, AuD

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Photo of drummer with protective headgear in a performance

ACADEMY NEWS | Academy Launches Music and Hearing Research Grant

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. The grant program is sponsored by the American Academy of Audiology Foundation through the generous contribution of Michael Santucci, AuD.

Topic(s): Music, Research, grants, scholarships, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2020

Academy Comments to CMS Highlight Disproportionate Impact of Expected 2021 Medicare Payment Reductions on Audiology

The Academy submitted a letter  to CMS to supplement related comments submitted collectively with other physician and non-physician provider groups about the impact of the expected 2021 reimbursement reductions. The Academy letter highlights some of the nuances of these planned reductions in relation to providing audiological care. 

A New Way to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Iowa may have discovered a new way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.  

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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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