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While a Mysterious Part of the Ear is Revealed, Origin of Aural Attacks Continues to Baffle

The ceaseless march of technological progress in hearing science continues to amaze, yet mysteries of the ear still abound. Two recent headlines in the news show that as some questions get answered, others remain open. A study published June 19 in eLife, revealed a unique biological mechanism for maintaining fluid pressure and composition involving the…

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HHTM Hearing News Round-up: This Week’s Notable Stories

With so much news happening to report on, this week we bring you a synopsis of timely news items that may be of interest:   Age-related Hearing Loss Continues to be a Huge Burden   An online report from The US Burden of Disease Collaborators, recently published by JAMA, indicated age-related hearing loss continues to…

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Sonion and Valencell Partnership Places Big Bet on Growing Biometric Hearable Market

A May 9 Hearing News Watch article focused on the  rapid advancements in the biometric function of ear-level devices, known as hearables. Progress continued with the June 6th announcement that Sonion, a Denmark-based leader in micro acoustic and micro mechanical technologies in hearing devices, and Valencell, a leading innovator in wearable biometric sensor technology will…

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Study Shows Evidence of Cortical Plasticity in Adults with Mild-Moderate Hearing Loss

Cross-modal reorganization of the cortex, a phenomenon in which the brain reorganizes itself, has been shown in profoundly deaf individuals. A recent study, conducted by Garrett Cardon and Anu Sharma of the University of Colorado, investigated cross-modal reorganization between the auditory and somatosensory modalities in older adults with normal hearing and mild-moderate age-related hearing loss…

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The Big Shift in Patient Counseling That’s Happening Right Before Our Eyes

Audiologists often place patient counseling into two categories: 1.) Informational counseling, which primarily focuses on educating patients and their families about test results, the consequences of untreated hearing loss and the role of hearing aids for treating it.  2.) Personal adjustment counseling, which describes how audiologists help patients deal with the emotional and social impact…

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Researchers Discover New Form of Vertigo That Can be Treated

As many audiologists know, vertigo has a myriad of causes and the treatment process can be complex and time-consuming. Researchers in South Korea, however, have identified a new type of vertigo that may be effectively treated with medication. A study, published online last week in the journal Neurology identified what they consider a new condition,…

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National Guideline Standards for Hearing Aid Specialists Reinstated by US Labor Department

On May 24th, the United States Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Apprenticeship, announced it has reissued to the International Hearing Society (IHS) its Certificate for new National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards for the occupation of Hearing Aid Specialist. According to an IHS press release, the program’s reinstatement marks it as the first federally-recognized and…

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