• National Science Foundation Conducts Hearable Challenge
    by Brian Taylor on June 21, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    The National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency created in 1950, is conducting a National Hearable Challenge. The objective of the Challenge, which was announced in mid-May, is to find solutions that enhance or augment speech recognition in noisy […]


  • What Are You Willing to Pay to See What’s Inside?
    by Holly Hosford-Dunn on June 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    “Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD.   I received a notice in my mailbox earlier this week informing me that there was $9.75 postage due on a package that my town post office was holding for me. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out […]

  • OTC/PSAP For All Losses?
    by Wayne Staab on June 21, 2017 at 6:07 AM

    This post discussion is a continuation of previous posts related to comments that many hearing professionals have expressed with concerns that OTC/PSAP hearing aid sales will result in dissatisfied users because: The instruments are not professionally fitted An audiogram is […]

  • The Third International Audiology Conference
    by Robert Traynor on June 13, 2017 at 1:10 PM

     For 2,000 years, Qu Yuan’s patriotic spirit has influenced many people and he remains revered by Chinese people all over the world. His spirit is certainly the driving force that makes the Duanwu Festival a great and happy time. The annual Dragon Boat Festival […]

  • I Say “Speak Up, I’ve Got Hearing Loss”, They Say….
    by Gael Hannan on June 19, 2017 at 9:56 PM

    “Would you mind speaking up, I’ve got hearing loss.” When you say this to a stranger, a barista in a coffee bar, for example, there’s a list of standard replies you can expect. (“Wow, that sucks” is not a standard or acceptable answer.) “Pardon? […]

  • Speech is not music… and music is not speech.
    by Marshall Chasin on June 21, 2017 at 1:10 AM

    I am always surprised by how the various hearing aid manufacturers lump the two words “speech” and “music” together in one sentence…. “Hearing aid X can help with speech and music, and can help you jump higher and run faster….”.  Of course everyone knows […]

  • RES and Shingles
    by HHTM on June 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Red Ear Syndrome (RES) was the subject of a recent post in this section.  RES can be painfully debilitating in some people, while other people experience it as painless and more a curiosity than a problem. It may be under-diagnosed because people either don’t report it […]

  • A Gold Standard
    by Mike Metz on June 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    For any audiologist who watched the FTC hearings on April 15th, you will recall the mention of audiology’s “gold standard” a number of times by the members of the first on-stage panel.  For those who didn’t watch, some on the panel seemed to imply that pure tone […]

  • Fall Statistics-Updated
    by Alan Desmond on June 20, 2017 at 12:26 PM

    There was an interesting article published by CNN last week about two brothers involved in a spectacular fall when the scaffolding they were on gave way. One brother was killed on impact, while the other survived very serious injuries. Most of us are not at risk for falling […]

  • Listening To Families
    by Jane Madell on June 13, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    When we are working with families of children with hearing loss, especially newly identified children, we are anxious to share information that we think is critical. We (or at least I) want to get technology on babies within days, weeks at most, and get the baby into […]

  • Sistemas de Ayuda Auditiva
    by Wayne Staab on April 4, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Cuando un audífono no basta… Guía Para oír Mejor,  Capitulo 18, Sistemas de Ayuda Auditiva Capitulo 18   Aparte del Audífono Se puede usar una gran variedad de instrumentos para mejorar su comunicación, para avisarle de lo que pasa a su alrededor, y […]

  • Time Compressed Speech
    by Pathways on June 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Herbert Jay Gould, Ph.D. School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Memphis   Compressed speech has been studied since the early 1950s (Garvey 1953) and has been suggested as a tool for the diagnosis of APD since at least 1977 (Beasley and […]

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