Hearing International

Jun. 08, 2011

The French Connection – The Exciting Conclusion!

Robert Traynor
Centre for Deaf Studies (1997) suggests that early efforts to bring education of the hearing impaired to the United States involved Francis Green, an American from Boston whose son had been educated at the secretive Braidwood School in Edinburgh and later London.  The success of his son with Braidwood Method spurred Green to became an activist, urging the beginning of
Jun. 01, 2011

The French Connection, Part II

Robert Traynor
Now we come to the famous car chase of the French Connection, probably one of the most memorable movie chases ever. The chase involves Popeye Doyle driving a 1971 Pontiac following his suspect under the tracks of an elevated train in New York City. While Popeye ultimately gets his man, there are lots of problems along the way. The usual near misses
May. 25, 2011

The French Connection – Part I

Robert Traynor
The French Connection was a popular police 1970s movie about a dapper businessman from Marseilles, France looking to sell 32 million in heroin in New York City. But his potential buyer – small-time hood Salvatore Boca – is being tailed by two undercover NYC cops, James “Popeye” Doyle and Buddy “Cloudy” Russo.  This whole movie has nothing to do with audiology except for the title and
May. 18, 2011

Lessons Learned from UNHS/EDHI Across The Globe

Robert Traynor
A couple of weeks ago at Hearing International we had a Mother’s Day article honoring Dr. Marion Downs and her work in the development of newborn hearing screening procedures. Part of that discussion suggested that these programs were being initiated in other countries. At that time, I asked Dr. Christie Yoshinaga-Itano from the University of Colorado-Boulder if she could be
Apr. 30, 2011

The International Audiology Connection to Mother’s Day

Robert Traynor
It’s just about Mother’s Day 2011 on May 8th, but how are Mother’s Day and Audiology related? Although it is easy to assume that Mother’s Day was conceived in a boardroom for some card or flower company, a  historical review indicates that the earliest tributes to mothers date back to the annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the
Apr. 21, 2011

Audiology in Iran

Robert Traynor
Introduction Many American audiologists have not had much experience interacting with audiologists in other countries. Our own system for the training of audiologists has changed drastically in the past 10 years or so moving from graduate degrees (BA/BS, MA/MS, Ph.D/Ed.D/Sc.D, etc) to Professional degrees (Au.D).  so that most young audiologists in the United States now posses as Doctor of Audiology
Apr. 14, 2011

Racial Differences in Cerumen Type and Consistency

Robert Traynor
How many of your patients ask, “Why do I get so much earwax?  How come it’s always wet or dry, or rice like? Is there really a racial implication to cerumen and, if so, then wax types and consistency could be different in various parts of the world. As audiologists we all know that cerumen is secreted by the ceruminous
Apr. 06, 2011

The Incidence of Hearing Loss Around the World

Robert Traynor
Since this is the first post at Hearing International, a brand new blog at a brand new address – HearingHealthMatters.org, it is fitting that we start at the beginning by discussing the incidence of hearing loss around the world. Hearing impairment is considered the most prevalent impairment worldwide.  Almost 600 million, an estimated 10% of people worldwide, have mild or
Apr. 06, 2011

Global Perspectives @ Hearing International

Robert Traynor
Bob Traynor, Editor Welcome to the international section of the Hearing Health and Technology Matters Blog.  For over 17 years I traveled the world as an audiologist conducting presentations on Audiology and Hearing instruments for a major manufacturer, visiting virtually every continent and over 40 countries.  The work involved training distributors of hearing products and their staff in audiology and