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BIHIMA Calls for Mandatory Annual Hearing Tests from Age of 55

BIHIMA (the British and Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association) are calling for annual hearing tests to be mandatory from the age of 55. Latest research shows the prevalence of hearing loss in the general population more than doubles between the ages of 49 and 59. Hearing loss is a risk factor which can contribute to…

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HHTM News Round Up: A Synopsis of Recent Hearing Research Studies

This week HHTM offers readers a synopsis of some of the latest hearing research:   Study Shows Relationship Between Early Hearing Loss and Alzheimer Disease   Columbia University researchers, using the audiogram, word recognition scores and positron emission tomography (PET) scans were able to associate hearing loss of early onset and the presence of β-amyloid,…

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Scientists Show Hearing Can Be Measured Through Eye Dilation

EUGENE, OREGON — In 1998, University of Oregon (UO) researcher Avinash Singh Bala was working with barn owls in an Institute of Neuroscience lab when the birds’ eyes caught his attention. The usual research done in the lab, led by Terry Takahashi, explores, at a fundamental level, how barn owls process sounds, with the idea…

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Clearwater Clinical Announces Updated Shoebox Audiometry, Version 5.0

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Clearwater Clinical announced today that it has released version 5.0 of its flagship product, SHOEBOX Audiometry. According to the announcement, Version 5.0 adds a new feature known as Response and Response and Environment Adaptive Control Technology (REACT). The new REACT feature is said to continuously monitor patient response behavior, in addition to…

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New Study Finds No Relationship Between Common Recreational Noise Exposure, “Hidden Hearing Loss”

DALLAS, TEXAS — According to a recently published study, no relationship has been found between common recreational noise exposure and so-called “hidden hearing loss”. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Texas (UT) Dallas, was published last month in Frontiers in Neuroscience. Previously, researchers have proposed that recreational noise exposure may result in…

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Early Hearing Detection Bill Passes Congress, Awaits President’s Signature

WASHINGTON, DC — Following the lead of the US Senate, which passed the legislation on September 7th, the House passed the bipartisan Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act on October 3rd. The legislation, sponsored by Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Doris Matsui (D-CA), would reauthorize EHDI programs for the next five years. According to the American…

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Australian Researchers Develop New Brain Mapping Method to Assess Hearing Status in Infants

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — Researchers at the BABILab, part of the Bionics Institute in Melbourne, are mapping the brains of babies to determine whether or not hearing aids or cochlear implants are helping to develop language centers in the brain. Sensors placed in skullcaps worn by babies engaged in auditory and language tasks provide a unique…

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Canadian Province Will Officially Expand Newborn Hearing Screenings in September

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA — Having come under fire in recent years over the country’s inconsistent newborn hearing screening program nationwide, Canada’s province of Manitoba has announced that it will officially expand its program to make screenings available in all regional health authorities, at 13 healthcare facilities, on September 1 of this year. This week’s announcement of…

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Mapping Out Solutions to Hearing Loss

Editor’s Note: Today’s news post comes from Canadian journalist Michelle Leslie who discusses some innovative solutions to address global hearing loss., the charitable arm of the world’s largest search engine, is supporting  World Wide Hearing (WWH) to find a solution to what the World Health Organization (WHO) has described as one of the largest disabilities on the planet.…

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High School Student Creates $60 Self-Programming Hearing Aid, Inspired by Grandfather with Hearing Loss

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — After a summer trip to India to visit his grandfather and assist him in obtaining hearing aids, Mukund Venkatakrishnan came away feeling very negatively about the entire experience. He then took it upon himself over the next two years to see if he could do something about it. After two years of…

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