Researchers Create Ultra-Low Cost Hearing Device to Address Global Hearing Loss

Using a device that could be built with a dollar’s worth of open-source parts and a 3D-printed case, researchers want to help the hundreds of millions of older people worldwide who can’t afford existing hearing aids to address their age-related hearing loss. The ultra-low-cost, proof-of-concept device known as LoCHAid is designed to be easily manufactured…

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Facebook Investigating Augmented Reality Glasses for Enhanced Hearing

Facebook recently announced that they are researching technology that “would be able to recognize different types of events happening around you such as people having conversations, air conditioning noise, dishes and silverware clanking. Using contextualized AI, the augmented reality glasses would be able to make smart decisions, like removing the distracting background noise. The research…

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USPSTF Says Evidence is Still Lacking for Screening Older Adults for Hearing Loss

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced on September 9 that current evidence is inadequate for assessing the balance of benefits and harms of hearing loss screening for older adults. This finding forms the basis of a draft recommendation statement published online Sept. 8 by the USPSTF. The United States Preventive Services Task Force…

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International Team Creates Guidelines for Virtual Dizziness Assessment

Symptoms like vertigo, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting result in about 2.6 million visits to United States emergency rooms each year, according to previous Johns Hopkins studies. During the pandemic, patients are avoiding doctors’ offices and hospitals, and Amir Kheradmand, M.D., an assistant professor of neurology and otolaryngology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, wanted…

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EUHA Congress Announces Digital Future Friday Kick Off Event

This year, the European Union of Hearing Aid Acousticians (EUHA) and the German Hearing Instruments Industry Association (BVHI) will debut the Digital EUHA Congress after the real-life event has had to be postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The new format features a broad range of the latest in expert knowledge, product innovations…

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Study Finds Up to One-third of English Adults Over 50 May Have Undetected Hearing Loss

Up to a-third of older adults with hearing loss in England could be undetected and untreated , according to a new study by University of Manchester researchers. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, suggests that millions of people are not seeing ear specialists or given hearing aids, when their hearing has considerably deteriorated. Women, older…

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Auditory Insight Research Finds Online Hearing Tests Are at 33% of Patient Engagement Potential

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT — Auditory Insight has released new research showing that despite booming consumer interest in online hearing testing, none of the leading tests consistently use best practices to encourage patients to pursue treatment with hearing aids. Hearing aid companies report that patient usage of online hearing tests has increased by as much as…

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New Research Challenges Decades-Old Hypothesis Underlying the Incredible Sensitivity of the Auditory System

BOULDER, COLORADO — A new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus challenges a decades-old hypothesis on adaptation, a key feature in how sensory cells of the inner ear (hair cells) detect sound The research, recently published in Science Advances, examines how hair cells transform mechanical forces arising from sound waves into a neural electrical…

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More than 10% of COVID-19 Patients Report Decreased Hearing Two Months After Hospital Discharge

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM — A significant number of patients reported a deterioration in their hearing when questioned eight weeks after discharge from a hospital admission for COVID-19, according to University of Manchester audiologists, in a study supported by the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). One hundred and twenty one of the adults admitted to…

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