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  • Caffeine and Noise Exposure
    Posted by Marshall Chasin on September 28, 2016 at 1:48 AM

    I love my morning coffee. And my afternoon coffee. Also, my evening coffee.  I am not sure how much I drink every day because I usually buy a cup of coffee, take several sips, and then get busy. I may come back to a half full cup of cold coffee several hours later, or […]

  • Ear Impression History – The Slow Death of Powder and Liquid
    Posted by Wayne Staab on September 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Logic would suggest that with the advantages of silicone ear impression material, that the transition from ethyl methacrylate to silicone would have occurred fairly rapidly. Not so, as ear impression history shows. In essence, the 1970s was the main transition period, but […]

  • When a HoH Meets a Pro
    Posted by Gael Hannan on September 26, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    In the hearing loss world that I live in, there are HoHs and there are Pros: HoH: Refers to a person who has hearing loss and who may also identify as hard of hearing, hearing-impaired, or hearing aid/cochlear implant user. (This term does not refer to all those […]

  • Meniere’s Update #3 – Meniett Device
    Posted by Alan Desmond on September 28, 2016 at 5:05 PM

     In 2012, I reported here that meta-analysis demonstrated no benefit in reducing the frequency or severity of Meniere’s episodes when compared to placebo. Since that time, one particularly high quality clinical trial and one updated meta-analysis have been […]

  • Hearables, Hot Potatoes of the Ear
    Posted by Holly Hosford-Dunn on September 28, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    In 2014, Hearing Economics started a conversation about Hearables that rambled on for 14-post series. It left off December 2015 with a survey of the Hearables that had come on the market (few and only monaural at that point) and exciting ones on the drawing board […]

  • New Research in Single Sided Deafness
    Posted by Robert Traynor on September 29, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    Audiologists realize that the loss of hearing in one ear, single sided deafness (SSD), is more common and more troublesome than most people realize. SSD can be caused by a number of things, from viral infections or thrombi to brain tumors  and is currently […]

  • More Books About Kids and Hearing Loss
    Posted by Jane Madell on September 20, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    I’m the Boss of My Hearing Loss Author – Amy Kroll Illustrator – Tom Heimann I love the title because it gives the impression that managing hearing loss is in the child’s control. The book shows the child showing off his hearing aids, a hearing […]

  • Quiet Please!
    Posted by Judy Huch on September 27, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    We are in the midst of posting on noise, but we can’t talk about noise without including Silence.  Brains and Ears are a package deal for perceiving, alerting, attending, and processing auditory input from the world around us. Both are necessary, neither alone is […]

    Posted by Gael Hannan on September 27, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    by Mike Metz, PhD   Consider the success of the “Big Box” sales of hearing aids. Costco alone has become the second largest dispensing entity of hearing instruments in the US, and just lowered the cost of their premium instruments.  What do you suppose […]

  • Stressless, no. But it’s a great profession nonetheless
    Posted by David Kirkwood on September 20, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Editors Note: This is a re-post from June 2011.  Audiology has continued to top the “least stressful job” in the years since.  As the profession moves to the increasing demand, the draw for those who want to start their career can be challenged with […]

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