How to Keep Your Cochlear Implant Working Safely

by Roy Rasmussen   Use of cochlear implants is on the rise. By the end of 2010, approximately 219,000 people worldwide had received a cochlear implant, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Approximately 40 percent of children born profoundly deaf were receiving implants by the end of 2014, a rise of 25 percent…

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How Hearing Aid Technology Has Evolved in Society, and Why — Part VII

Editor’s Note: Today’s post continues the discussion by Abigail Farmer and Bruno Sarda on the evolution of hearing aid technology.   Changing Hearing Aid User Demographics   In 2013, there were 44.7 million individuals over the age of sixty-five in the United States, or about 14% of the population.1 This age group is expected to grow…

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Audiology Worldnews: Cochlear Implants: Simulator Predicts Success

A research team at Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University has developed experimental software that allows for planning and prediction of the success of cochlear implant surgery through the use of state-of-the-art imaging and simulation technology. This research, which forms part of the European HEAR-EU project, was carried out jointly by experts and European manufacturing firms, who…

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Cochlear Implants for the Mature too!

By: Judy Huch and Jennifer Lamfers The fact that electrical stimulation can produce auditory sensation is not new; this information has been around since the 1700s. However, it wasn’t until 1957 that speech understanding through electrical stimulation was demonstrated{{1}}[[1]]Osberger, M.J. & Koch, D.B. Cochlear implants. In R.E. Sandlin (Ed.), Textbook of Hearing Aid Amplification, 2nd…

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Successful Hearing Aid Use, part 9: What if your hearing is very poor?

Most hard-of-hearing people derive substantial benefit from wearing hearing aids. Unfortunately, there are a few hard-of-hearing people who have such severe hearing loss that they cannot use hearing aids successfully. This article is written for these folks. However, before deciding that your hearing is so “bad” that hearing aids can’t help you, be sure you…

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