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Winning the War Against Hearing Loss, part 7: The Cosmetic Battle

So far in this series, I have discussed Kim, David, Dr. Judy, and Sam. Improvements in hearing aid technology and the skill of their audiologist have helped each of these patients become more productive people. Today we take a look at the miniaturization of electronics and the impact of cosmetic concerns on the field of…

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Don’t take chances when you’re taking ear impressions

Those of us who have worked in this field for years have taken thousands of ear impressions. And, just like nurses who give injections every day, it is easy for us to become desensitized to the importance and potential risks of this procedure. Taking an ear impression is not a risk-free process. The safety of…

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The fine art of demonstrating the efficacy of a noise-reduction program

In my two previous blog posts, I discussed various ways of clearly showing patients the benefits of hearing aids. I explained how to conduct demonstrations using test words and pulsed warbled test tones. Today I want to talk about demonstrating a hearing aid’s ability to handle “background noise.” But be warned, this topic is fraught…

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An Earplug is More than JUST an Earplug: Part III

By Dr. Toby Bateson The following is the third and final part of a series on earplugs, written by guest contributor  Toby Bateson, MD. Dr. Bateson is an Emergency Room Doctor in the UK as well as being the Managing Director of ZenPlugs Ltd.  He is the inventor of the ZenPlugs Molded Earplug System and…

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Give your patients an extra pair of earmolds, so they hear well all the time

I believe that you should make a “spare” set of earmolds for every one of your patients with significant hearing loss. The wisdom of this advice may not be evident, so let me elaborate. Hearing aid technology is complex. However, few hearing aid users understand this complexity until they have worn hearing aids for a…

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3D Replication of a Human Ear – 3D Printing and More Emerging Technology

By: Diana Holan, MS   Inkjet printers use multiple ink cartridges to layer out an image on paper. In the 1980s, 3D printers were developed from the same concept, except the cartridges are filled with various materials that merge together in layers onto a flat surface, guided by a computer generated pattern that actually builds…

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