How Hearing Aid Technology Has Evolved in Society, and Why — Part VII

Editor’s Note: Today’s post continues the discussion by Abigail Farmer and Bruno Sarda on the evolution of hearing aid technology.   Changing Hearing Aid User Demographics   In 2013, there were 44.7 million individuals over the age of sixty-five in the United States, or about 14% of the population.1 This age group is expected to grow…

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You Hear with Your Brain, So Make Sure to Exercise It

We are witnessing huge advances in the world of science and technology. Progress has been especially dramatic in the areas of electronics and applied genetics. For example, the latest iPhone, which fits easily into your shirt pocket, has a capacity far beyond what was available in a desktop computer when this century began. Meanwhile, scientists…

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Helping Hearing in Noise with Another Tool

A new resource was introduced recently; Researchers from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School and Harvard University programmed a new game that can help both mice and humans hear soft sounds in noise. The study was published the week of June 9-13 in PNAS Online Early Edition. There are other computer or digital programs…

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Say What? – Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders

Hearing loss isn’t just about the ear’s ability to process sound and send the signal to the brain. How the central nervous system processes the sound is a large contributor to speech perception.  The central nervous system plays an active role in working memory, language, and attention.  Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) are also referred to…

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Welding Fumes and Hearing Loss, Here’s the Connection!

My brother took welding in high school and he loved to scare me with the mask the students used to protect their face and eyes.  We would also use the mask to see astronomical phenomena when we could not look directly at the sun.  That was the extent of my exposure to welding. Welding is…

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