Ohio program provides free hearing aids for babies

CINCINNATI—For nearly a decade, Ohio has screened all newborn babies for hearing loss. As a result, twice as many infants are having their hearing impairments identified soon after birth as was the case pre-universal screening. That has provided audiologists with an opportunity to address hearing losses very early, at a time when hearing aids or…

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Candidates clash over Tennessee’s hearing aid mandate

MARYVILLE, TN—Only rarely are hearing aids the subject of political campaigns. However, Tennessee’s recently enacted policy of requiring health insurance companies to cover hearing aids for children has led to charges and countercharges from the two candidates for the Republican nomination for state senator in Tennessee’s 2nd District. Scott Hughes, who is challenging the incumbent,…

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When a little boy won’t wear his hearing aids, a superhero comes to the rescue

SALEM, NH—Meet Blue Ear, the latest Marvel superhero. And, while he has superpowers, Blue Ear also has a hearing loss–until he puts on a special listening device that gives him super-sonic hearing. Blue Ear isn’t the first Marvel character with a hearing loss. Hawkeye, who lost his hearing in a battle with Crossfire in the…

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Study finds a majority of teens reported reduced hearing after a rock concert

LOS ANGELES—By now, most Americans, teenagers included, have probably heard that exposure to loud music can be hazardous to their hearing. Yet a study by the House Clinic provides specific and alarming information about just how hazardous attending a rock concert can be. In a presentation last month to the 2012 Meeting of the American Otologic…

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Study to use stem cells in effort to restore hearing in babies; could be alternative to hearing aids

HOUSTON—Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Cord Blood Registry® (CBR) will undertake the first FDA-approved, Phase I safety study on the use of cord blood to restore hearing in babies who have sustained hearing loss post-natally. The year-long study, which will involve 10 patients, ages 6 weeks to 18 months, will use stem cells taken from…

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