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The Impact of Hearing Loss on Health and Wellness is Topic of PBS Video

Hearing loss in adults is more than a minor inconvenience; it is a public health concern with several far reaching effects that often can be successfully treated. That was the main message in a recent public television broadcast produced by Twin Cities Public TV in collaboration with the Minnesota Commission for Deaf, Deafblind and Hard…

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New study finds that when hearing loss goes untreated, the cost is astronomical

By David H. Kirkwood LONDON–A report issued July 9 by the British Commission on Hearing Loss further confirms the enormous economic toll that untreated hearing loss takes on those with the condition–as well as the rest of society. It also explores why in the United Kingdom, where hearing aids are free, only 20% of the…

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Scientists report that damage from noise exposure extends far beyond the ears

LONDON—Hearing scientists and hearing healthcare providers have known for decades that exposure to loud noise, especially over an extended period, often causes severe and irreversible hearing loss. However, a report by an international team of researchers reveals that the damage done by excessive noise extends far beyond hearing loss and related auditory problems, such as…

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ASHA campaign alerts Americans to early signs of hearing and speech problems

  ROCKVILLE, MD—The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the early warning signs of speech, language, and hearing issues. The initiative, dubbed Identify the Signs, was inspired by a survey of ASHA members that found that public lack of awareness of the signs of communications problems is the…

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Three best ideas to raise awareness of hearing loss are honored

ANAHEIM, CA–An international public art initiative, a “Three Wise Monkeys” campaign to encourage regular hearing health checks, and a pocket-sized electronic hearing testing device captured top honors in the Ida Institute’s competition, Ideas, Speak up – Action and Awareness for Hearing Loss. The winning entries were celebrated at a reception held here April 3 at…

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Hear the World sets a Guinness World Record

LONDON—The Hear the World Foundation has set a Guinness World Record for staging the world’s largest photographic awareness campaign. Since 2006 when Sonova, parent company of the world’s largest hearing aid manufacturing group, created the foundation, scores of international celebrities have served as ambassadors. Each has been photographed in the campaign’s signature pose—with a hand cupped…

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World Health Organization adopts ideas from Ida in a new textbook for physicians

NÆRUM, DENMARK–When the Ida Institute was established here in 2008, its mission was “to foster a better understanding of the human dynamics associated with hearing loss.” While that was a plenty ambitious goal, now the institute’s work is beginning to have an even wider impact than originally envisioned. The World Health Organization (WHO) has just…

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