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JAMA Report Indicates Communication Breakdowns in the Clinic are Cause for Concern

For individuals aged 60 and older, spending time at the doctor’s office is a common occurrence. And, considering the prevalence of hearing loss in older people, it’s not too surprising hearing loss gets in the way of effective communication between the older individual and their healthcare provider during these routine encounters. A recent study, published…

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Quieting the ICU: Vanderbilt Researchers Develop Device That Digitally Filters Out Medical Alarm Sounds

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) may have found a way to improve patient outcomes in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) by creating a device that helps silence the loud audible medical alarms present in hospital rooms. Evidence over the years has shown that loud auditory medical alarms can be detrimental…

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Belgian Prime Minister’s Hearing Damaged After Princess Fires Starting Pistol During Race

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — Following a busy week of hosting world leaders from the US, NATO and the European Union (EU), the Belgian Prime Minister’s (PM) decision to attend a 20 km run over the weekend in the nation’s capital is likely a choice he now regrets. While standing next to Princess Astrid of Belgium, the…

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Children’s Hearing Aid Bill Overwhelmingly Passes Georgia House and Senate, Awaits Governor’s Signature

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — A bill that would require insurance companies in the state of Georgia to cover hearing aids for children was approved late last month by the state Senate by a margin of 47-6. A prior version of the bill had already passed in the state House by 155-5. Now, the legislation heads to…

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Hearing Aids Attract Attention in the National Press

As talk of hearing aid deregulation in the U.S. continues to swirl, over the past two weeks, there have been several hearing aid-related articles in the popular press.   In a Wall Street Journal letter to the editor, Garden City, New York audiologist, Roy Sullivan, PhD, responded to a January 12th WSJ article, titled “How…

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Ultrasound Tech Being Ultilized in Next Generation Smartphones to Enhance User Experience

BEIJING, CHINA — Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced this week that its latest phone, the MIX, will be the first to incorporate ultrasound software for proximity detection. By replacing the phone’s hardware proximity sensor with ultrasound software, the phone’s speaker can become “completely invisible” and allow the entire surface of the screen to be functional — all the way to…

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CDC Report: Babies Exposed to Zika Virus Should be Tested for Hearing Loss

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — Babies exposed to the Zika virus in the womb should have their hearing tested and monitored regularly, say the authors of a study published today in the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.  The study evaluated nearly 70 infants in Brazil from November 2015 to May 2016.  All the babies had documented microcephaly…

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Attention Enterprising Clinicians & Students: DOL Sponsoring Noise Abatement Contest

WASHINGTON, DC — Noise induced hearing loss continues to be a public health condition of significant magnitude.  According to the National Institutes of Health, 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. In 2015, U.S. businesses paid more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise. Further,…

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New Malaysian Starbucks to be Staffed by Deaf Baristas

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Global coffee giant, Starbucks, has announced that it will be opening a café in Malaysia that is dedicated to employing baristas who are Deaf or hard of hearing.The new café will be open to all customers, not just the Deaf and hard of hearing community. In what is likely a first…

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Use of Amplification in Older Adults with Depression: Results Should be Interpreted Cautiously

A July, 2016 JAMA Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery article indicates hearing aid and cochlear implant (CI) users experienced significant improvement in their depressive symptoms 6 to 12 months after treatment with their amplification devices. Janet Choi, MPH and colleagues from Johns Hopkins University, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and Drexel University conducted an…

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