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Dec. 18, 2011

Directional Microphone Hearing Aids – Do They Change?

Wayne Staab
Situation Directional microphone hearing aids are a preferred embodiment in many of today’s hearing aids, being used advantageously for listening in noise.  When used in this fashion, the directional performance is employed in either a fixed, or more commonly, in an adaptive mode, and normally commands a premium price from the consumer.  Conventional wisdom suggests that directional performance should be
Dec. 11, 2011

An Audiologist in the Wilderness – Part III

Wayne Staab
Into the jaws of the beast This is a continuation of Parts I  and II of “An Audiologist in the Wilderness” by James Curran. James Curran, M.S. Because of my lobbying activities, I became noticed and watched by the hearing aid manufacturers in Minneapolis, unbeknown to me. Eventually I received employment offers from two local companies. They came at a propitious
Dec. 04, 2011

Nanoscience Applied to Hearing Aids

Wayne Staab
(Or, how my hearing aid is more water resistant than yours!) What is Nanoscience?                                                    Simply defined, nanoscience is the study of unique properties of matter that occur at the nanoscale (lengths of roughly 1 to
Nov. 26, 2011

The AMA Method of Estimation of Hearing Disability: Validation

Wayne Staab
This is a summarized version of an article that appeared in Ear & Hearing{{1}}[[1]] Dobie, R.A. (2011). The AMA Method of Estimation of Hearing Disability: A Validation Study. Ear & Hearing, 32:6, 732-740.[[1]], Dec. 2011. Robert Dobie, M.D. First, thanks to Wayne Staab for his kind invitation to add this note to the blog. Audiologists and otolaryngologists know that hearing
Nov. 20, 2011

An Audiologist in the Wilderness – Part II

Wayne Staab
“I Was Unethical and Didn’t Understand it.” This is a continuation of Part I of “An Audiologist in the Wilderness” by James Curran.  Part I appeared in Wayne’s World Blog October 30th, 2011. James Curran, M.S. Dispensing Hearing Aids by Audiologists Was Unethical At that time, until 1976, to dispense hearing aids was considered unethical by the ASHA. The reason
Nov. 13, 2011

Nürenberg EUHA Report (Continued)

Wayne Staab
  As promised in a previous blog, I mentioned that I would report on some of my reactions to what I saw and heard while strolling the halls and speaking with attendees and exhibitors of the EUHA (European Union Hearing Association) meeting in Nürenberg, Germany this past month.   Many attendees reported that there was nothing really new, but when viewing
Nov. 05, 2011

Europäiche Union der Hörgeräteakustiker e.V.

Wayne Staab
Europäiche Union der Hörgeräteakustiker  e.V. European Union of Hearing Aid Acousticians (EUHA) Meeting Report This blog is being written from Nürenberg, Germany, where I am attending the EUHA meeting.  This is a meeting of the International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians, organized by the European Union of Hearing Aid Acousticians.  And while the meeting is filled with specialist lectures from
Oct. 30, 2011

An Audiologist in the Wilderness

Wayne Staab
This blog by James (Jim) Curran continues with the history of the first audiologists who were employed by hearing aid manufacturers and paved the path for future audiologists in this discipline.  Jim has gone to great lengths to capture this history that would otherwise be lost, and as a result, his story will be told in several blogs scattered over
Oct. 23, 2011

James Delk – Audiologist in Industry Pioneer

Wayne Staab
Jim Delk – Crewcut Trademark         James (Jim) Delk was one of the seven pioneers in the hearing aid industry at the manufacturing level who helped set the stage for later audiologists working for hearing aid manufacturers.  Unfortunately, most of Jim’s story will not be told.  He died August 11, 1997 in Sun Lakes, Arizona.  My comments
Oct. 16, 2011

Historical Vignettes in Audiology #1 “The (SAL) Revisited”

Wayne Staab
Wayne’s World was designed to present a variety of topics to readers, and this blog on revisiting the Sensorineural Acuity Level (SAL) is a classic example.  I have asked some of my colleagues to provide some Vignettes covering issues that might not ordinarily be found in current peer-reviewed publications, but which are useful to those who see patients.  This is