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Hearing Aid Battery Technology Advances and Cautions

For years, dispensing audiologists have been cautioning patients and parents to take care around hearing aid batteries.  The threat of accidentally ingesting a battery was a real one and posed significant danger when batteries contained mercury.  The caution was codified in the FDA hearing aid information booklet that is still part of every hearing aid…

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Noise and Urban Encroachment

HHTM Staff: Last week’s post was supposed to be the absolute final post in this multi-month Noise series.  After getting the low-down on electronic earplugs, a new angle arose in the form of legislation to outfit firearms with noise suppressors (aka “silencers”).  The rationale for suppressors was ably supported by Knox Williams (President, American Silencer Assoc) last…

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Silencing Firearms to Protect Hearing

HHTM Staff: Last month a multi-month Noise series arrived at the practical stage by describing actual products that go in ears to protect hearing in potentially damaging noise situations.  Speaking specifically to those who hunt with firearms, Patty Johnson, AuD, described active hearing protectors as an ideal solution that provides: “enhanced awareness, clear communication, and blast…

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Not-So-Ancient Mariners and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

HHTM Staff: Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) has been the subject of many posts at HHTM and we have discussed that not everyone self-induces their NIHL.  Those who serve in our armed forces get theirs the old fashioned way — by daily exposure to hazardous levels of workplace noise or as warfighters in high noise combat…

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Call of the Wild: Noises You Need to Hear Even if You Don’t Want To

HHTM Staff: This section has been highlighting noise of all types. Unscientific polls in our offices asked clients on their preference for noisy (20% voted for it) or silent (80%want it) lifestyles. In general, the research and the readers agree that noise distracts, interferes with speech understanding, and contributes to cognitive overload. All well and…

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