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Aug. 11, 2022

Hearing Quotes and Sayings

Wayne Staab
Hearing-related quotes and phrases come in a multitude of forms, ranging from humorous and insightful to useful and intriguing. In an endeavor to gather a collection of meaningful quotes, I reached out to my colleagues and requested their contributions. While the selection presented here offers a glimpse into the world of hearing-related quotes, it is important to acknowledge that this
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Feb. 26, 2022

The Short Increment Sensitivity Index (SISI) – Historical Vignette in Audiology

Wayne Staab
This blog is another in a series of historical vignettes in audiology authored under the direction of Dr. Frank Musiek at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.  These provide not only an historical contribution, but relate how this information and testing continues to have application today, but one might have to use their imagination. –Wayne Staab, PhD by Frank Musiek,
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Sep. 16, 2019

The Loudest Sound

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
How loud can sound get?  Could loud sound kill you?  Are there limits, and if so, what are they?  How are such things determined?  All of these are interesting questions and an attempt will be made to answer these as best possible. Two important lessons are supported by this article: one, the loudest thing in the world does not have
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Jun. 01, 2019

July 4th – Celebrate Safely

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
The Fourth of July and fireworks are traditional in the US, and go together like hamburgers and hot dogs. And, as thrilling as it is to watch fireworks, care should be exercised because the sound pressures generated by fireworks can lead to hearing damage if proper precautions are not employed.   Short History Ancient China introduced fireworks, but they have
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Nov. 23, 2018

RIC Hearing Aid Acoustic Considerations

Wayne Staab
Acoustic Application for Successful Hearing Aid Acceptance and Satisfaction A successful RIC hearing aid fitting, like many hearing aid fittings, is not necessarily related to any specific fitting formula, but is based on user satisfaction – the ability to hear, understand, and wear the hearing aid comfortably, without acoustic feedback, and in the presence of noise.  And, with RIC-type hearing
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Sep. 22, 2018

Hearing Referral Eight Red Flags

Wayne Staab
Contraindications to Hearing Aid Use Everyone recommending and fitting hearing aids is required by law (FDA, 1977) to determine if a patient has hearing conditions that could contraindicate hearing aid use, at least at the time when the fitting of hearing aids is being discussed.  If any of the 8 red flags occur, referral to a physician is mandated, preferably
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Sep. 12, 2018

The OTC Hearing Aid Consensus Statement: An Opposing View

Wayne Staab
In August, 2018, a Consensus Paper from hearing care associations was published relative to “Regulatory Recommendations for OTC Hearing Aids: Safety & Effectiveness.”1  The organizations involved in writing this Consensus Paper consisted of the AAA (American Academy of Audiology), ASHA (American Speech, Language, Hearing Association), HIS (International Hearing Society), and ADA (Academy of Doctors of Audiology), groups that could be
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Aug. 08, 2018

Do Hearing Aids Meet ANSI Standards?

Wayne Staab
Measuring a hearing aid to ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Standards should be a first step before any programming of the hearing aid is attempted.  While it is assumed that the hearing aids meet ANSI Standards, as measured and sent by the manufacturer, confirmation of the hearing aid’s basic foundation is necessary to ensure that the eventual programming of the
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Jul. 13, 2018

Hearing Aid Sales Pushing the Big Three Fear Motivators

Wayne Staab
Hearing aid sales, along with advertising and promotion seems to have locked onto the Big Three (cognition, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease) great fear motivators.  (Not all hearing aid advertising, but a significant amount focuses on the Big Three).  All three are currently promoted to result in cognition being reduced, slowed, or improved with the use of hearing aids for those
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Jun. 12, 2018

OTC Hearing Aids in the United States: How Did We Get Here?

Wayne Staab
Last month, Dr. Wayne Staab was invited to present on OTC developments in the US at the British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturer’s Association (BIHIMA) conference, held in Birmingham, England. With the presentation, he provided attendees at the conference a great synopsis of US government regulations relating to hearing aids from the 1970’s to today. The presentation is now available at