UK Government Delivers 250K Clear Face Masks to Frontline Workers to Support People with Hearing Loss

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and care workers will be given clear face masks to help them communicate with people with certain conditions like hearing loss, autism and dementia, the government has announced. The masks are see-through and have an anti-fogging barrier to ensure the face and mouth are always…

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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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Researchers at Johns Hopkins Confirm Presence of Coronavirus in Middle Ear and Mastoid

In newly published research from the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, in 2 of 3 patients evaluated, investigators found that the virus (SARS-CoV-2) associated with the COVID-19 disease pandemic was found in 5 of 8 middle ear spaces and mastoid cavities examined.  The research was published online on July 23, 2020 in…

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Starkey Chief Health Officer, Dr. Archelle Georgiou, Co-Authors JAMA Study on COVID-19

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA – The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a peer-reviewed medical journal, has published new research from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management that shows an association between the implementation of statewide stay-at-home orders and a reduction in the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19. Starkey Chief Health Officer, Archelle Georgiou, M.D. co-authored the study.…

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Does Hearing Loss Increase Risk of Exposure and Infection from COVID-19?

A study published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS) found that loud speaking causes an increased number of respiratory droplets in the air, ones that may spread COVID-19. Researchers found that louder speech produced larger droplets, as well as greater quantities of them, and that these droplets could potentially linger…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes Troubling Gap in Healthcare System

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis, clear communication has been vitally important for the safety of people around the world. For adults and children with hearing loss, the barriers to communication have been complicated by the debate about whether or not hearing-related care is an essential service. As local and…

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Hearing Industry Financial Reports Offer Glimpse of Coronavirus Impact

The hearing industry received further evidence this week that the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. Recent publication of the first quarter (Q1) financial reports from Amplifon and GN Store Nord offer a glimpse of how much impact the pandemic has had on the industry.  Additionally, the Interim Management Statement issued by…

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Audiology and Covid-19

by Brian Taylor, Editor-at-Large Although the Corona virus is a life-threatening condition and hearing care is deemed non-essential service in many places, there are aspects of the pandemic germane to audiology. Recently, the Washington Post reported on the rise in Covid-19 cases in American meatpacking plants. In the article, epidemiologists speculate the high levels of…

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AAA Offers Considerations for Patients and Professionals Regarding COVID-19 Treatments Using Quinine Derivatives and Other Ototoxic Compounds

RESTON, VIRGINIA — In recognition of May Is Better Hearing Month, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) has offered considerations for audiologists and their patients regarding COVID 19 treatments with potentially ototoxic compounds. Hydroxychloroquine, for example, was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use to treat adults and adolescents with…

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Uncharted Waters: Hearing Industry Leaders Discuss Challenges of Navigating COVID-19 Crisis

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe has been swift and severe. Many countries have instructed ‘non-essential’ businesses to close and have issued ‘shelter in place’ orders for their citizens to remain at home except to get food or medicine, in an effort to reduce spread of the virus.  In addition to the…

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