Management of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss: A Discussion

By Maurice Miller, Ph.D. Today I’m offering my suggestions regarding a subject very close to my professional interests and concerns: “Idiopathic” Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL). Idiopathic SSNHL is an interesting term which the great audiologist, Stanley Gelfand{{1}}[[1]]Gelfand, S. Essentials of Audiology. 3rd Edition. Thieme (2009)[[1]]has indicated in his classic text that it is a…

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A Journey of Discovery: Why I Decided to Tell My Family’s Story

By Lydia Denworth My son Alex was the first deaf or hard of hearing child I ever knew in any meaningful way. When his hearing loss was identified just before his second birthday, I was sad and scared and anxious—as many parents in the same situation often are. More than anything though I felt the…

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Don’t let battery hassles make your patients give up on hearing aids

By Gabrielle Filips An official state website recently issued this piece of advice: “The bottom line: if during the selection process you have even one iota of doubt about your ability to handle the hearing aid, don’t consider it.”{{1}}[[1]] Information for Hearing Aids. Mass.Gov. Health and Human Services. 2014[[1]]While on the surface this may seem…

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Using Technology and Visual Communication to Combat Industrial Noise

By Jack Rubinger It stands to reason that a 4-mile-long, ½-mile deep pit mine would require enormously powerful and gigantic trucks to haul iron ore from bottom to top. Along with the sheer enormity is the overpowering noise these trucks create. And that’s a major problem because noisy trucks are not in compliance with the…

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