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  • OTC Hearing Aid Fittings
    by Wayne Staab on May 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Both PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) and NAS (National Academies of Sciences) have recommended that OTC hearing aid (over-the-counter) sales be permitted for mild-to-moderate hearing losses. Additionally, the SB 9 Over-the-Counter […]

  • Talking Dogs?
    by Robert Traynor on May 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    There are all kinds of dogs in this world.  Tired feet or “barking dogs”are a common complaint for many people,  especially those who have to stand for long periods of time (such as cashiers and traffic cops) or walk long distances (such as […]

  • A Baby’s Cry – Test My Hearing!
    by Gael Hannan on May 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    I’m a baby who has just been born. That was some tough passage, but hey, I’m here and breathing.  Well, I’m pretty sure I’m breathing, because I’ve been poked, handled and stared at closely. That Apgar thing about my vitals: appearance, do […]

  • Focus on Audiometry: A Bit of History
    by HHTM on May 23, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    By Alinda Wolthuis and Leendert van der Ent In the second half of the 19th century, a variety of audiometers were invented. These early audiometers were known as ‘induction-coil audiometers’ – their invention followed the development of the induction coil […]

  • Noise and the European Tree Frog
    by Marshall Chasin on May 23, 2017 at 11:22 PM

    I don’t know about you, but when I am stressed by loud noise, my vocal sac coloration decreases and I’m just not as attractive as I can be. I have tried everything in my makeup kit to improve things, but alas, background noise can be deadly. Thankfully I am not […]

  • The Ear is Hooked Up to the Brain
    by HHTM on May 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    This post is about how the auditory nerve (cranial nerve VIII, officially called vestibulocochlear CNVIII) hooks up our inner ears to our brains and things that go wrong at the point of hook up.  For example, vascular loops inveigle themselves into the […]

  • The Loneliest Whale in the World
    by HHTM on May 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Every once in a while, we all should wax poetic.  Lessen the stress.  Rekindle the fires.  Think different thoughts.  Hope for the best. Somewhere in the North Pacific Ocean there is a whale. There are, of course, many whales, if rather fewer than there […]

  • Guideline for Vertigo in the ER
    by Alan Desmond on May 22, 2017 at 2:07 PM

      A couple of years ago, I did a four part series here discussing the potential benefits of developing a Clinical Practice Guideline for Acute Vertigo. This would be most applicable to Emergency Department (ED) and Primary Care Physicians (PCP), as very few patients […]

  • Listening and Literacy
    by Jane Madell on May 16, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Why is it important for kids with hearing loss to learn to use audition? One of the things we know is that phonics are a basis of literacy. Children learn to read by making sound-symbol associations and then sounding out words. Children learn that the sound /b/ is in the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Requiem for the Golden Goose
    by Pathways on May 3, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    By Mike Webb   The goose is dead…or at least partially cooked.  I use this metaphor, of course, as the goose who laid the golden eggs: in our audiology context, the “hearing aid” goose.  I, for one, believe it may be a positive, pivotal […]

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