Hearing International

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Feb. 16, 2023

Captioning for the Deaf: Where Did It Come From?

Robert Traynor
Captioning of television and movies is a staple of the environment these days.  Something that young audiologists of the 1970s were not able to recommend to their patients to enjoy entertainment as well as educational films. Later, at least in the US, with a “decoder” device hooked to the television hearing impaired individuals could actually interact with the television for news, sports
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Feb. 14, 2023

Chiropractic Treatment to Cure Hearing Loss?

Robert Traynor
Some of us, in various parts of the world, have had the unfortunate experience of patients (or their parents) preferring to have their hearing impairment treated by their chiropractor.  This is totally foreign to otologists and audiologists and thus, this week, Hearing International explores where this treatment began and if there are data as the basis for this treatment. Chiropractic is a
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Feb. 13, 2023

Homeopathic Medicine and Tinnitus Treatment – Part V

Robert Traynor
Many concoctions and treatments have have been perpetrated on those that suffer from tinnitus. Some are simply “hit and miss” preparations, some homeopathically “proven“, and others that actually have research to support claimed benefits.  This week’s Hearing International involves a look at some of these treatments and specific ingredients. Audiologists consider traditional treatments such as Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, Tinnitus Masking
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Feb. 12, 2023

The 110 Hz Phenomena

Robert Traynor
An old Soap Lake High School (Soap Lake, Washington) buddy, Mike McNamara had just watched a History Channel episode on the 110 Hz phenomena.  Knowing the HHTM blog and my interest in strange things relative to hearing, sound and audiology, he asked me if I had ever done anything a blog on this topic.  For Mac and others interested, if
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Feb. 06, 2023

The Legendary Steve McQueen

Robert Traynor
This week’s Hearing International features the legendary Steve McQueen – the “King of Cool” as he was known in his heyday in the 1960s and 70s.  His tumultuous childhood from very meager beginnings and his hearing loss shaped his life and relationships with others, including those closest to him. With his blond hair, blazing blue eyes and chiseled features, his
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Feb. 06, 2023

Homeopathic Medicine and Tinnitus Treatment – Part IV

Robert Traynor
Now that we have reviewed the discipline or “magic” of Homeopathic Medicine, Hearing International continues with part IV in the quest to find the truth about these remedies and their benefit to tinnitus patients.  Of course, most audiologists have worked with tinnitus as long as they have worked with hearing loss. Sanders (2012) of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA) defines
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Feb. 04, 2023

Beethoven’s Heartbeat: Exploring the Connection between Music and Cardiac Arrhythmia

Robert Traynor
Beethoven’s remarkable ability to create beautiful music despite his hearing impairment has long fascinated audiologists, otolaryngologists, musicians, and the general public. Speculation regarding the cause of his hearing loss includes various medical conditions and diseases. In recent years, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan and University of Washington has proposed a unique hypothesis. They suggest that Beethoven’s
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Jan. 31, 2023

Can You Wiggle Your Ears?

Robert Traynor
Do you have something in common with celebrities like Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy, Jim Carrey, Jeff Goldblum, Sean Connery, Steven Colbert, or Mr. Spock?  Are you an Ear Wiggler?   Only 10 to 20% of us can wiggle our ears – how cool is that?   While we know that Mr. Spock is part Vulcan and part Human
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Jan. 29, 2023

Homeopathic Medicine and Tinnitus Treatment – Part III

Robert Traynor
In this week’s edition of Hearing International, we embark on an exploration of Homeopathic Medicine, aiming to determine whether it is a legitimate practice or mere quackery that has been unjustly criticized by the traditional medical community. Homeopaths assert that new techniques, such as brain scans that observe the effects of homeopathic remedies on brain and nerve centers, provide evidence
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Jan. 23, 2023

Homeopathic Medicine and Tinnitus Treatment – Part II

Robert Traynor
Audiologists know that many people suffer from Tinnitus every day.  Historically, it was a problem for Joan of Arc, Ludwig von Beethoven, Charles Darwin, Vincent Van Gogh,  Michelangelo, and many other famous and not so famous people.  Our quest in this series is to look at tinnitus and its treatment with Homeopathic Medicine.  This week’s Hearing International will review the actual