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"The digital transformation will not replace experts"

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"'We cannot do anything about your tinnitus'. This is simply not true"

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“The biggest mistake is to make tinnitus patients believe there is nothing we can do”, said Dr Pawel J. Jastreboff, father and creator of the Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), interviewed by Audio Infos Spain. Marking the 25th anniversary of one of the most successful tinnitus therapies, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), Jastreboff, from Emory University (Altanta, U.S.), was in Spain last fall to take part in the “Tinnitus and its treatment with hearing aids” congress, organized by GAES as part of the National Congress of the Spanish Society of Otolaryngology and cervicofacial pathologies (SEORL). The event was attended by over 200 professionals and was an opportunity to stress the need to address this condition with every available method, given that it affects 4 million people in Spain.

Pawel J. Jastreboff. It is a matter of retraining the brain. To help patients understand this, I often use the following example. You have learned to drive on the right. Now imagine that you move to New Zealand for work, and you have to learn to drive on the left. You would be a dangerous driver because, even though you would be fully aware of what you need to do, you would not manage because driving is controlled by your subconscious brain. However, you can teach your brain to drive on the left and after a while, you will be able to do it perfectly well. The problem with tinnitus is that the signal originates in the auditory system and then spreads to the limbic system. TRT tries to retrain the brain by limiting the connections between the auditory system and the other systems of the brain so that the signals are restricted to the auditory system and do not contaminate the others.

Pawel J. Jastreboff, during his lecture at the Spanish ENT congress


Audio Infos. How did you build this model?

P.J.J. It was by chance. I was studying the ear, balance and the cerebellum. I went to Yale University to study the mechanisms of the sense of smell and after one year, a young researcher asked me to help design an animal model to improve tinnitus. I thought this was impossible, because if we were unable to ascertain evidence of tinnitus in human beings, how could we do so in rats? I shared my concerns about his approach, and suggested we could get results with a behavioral method. He said “here is the money, here is the lab, go ahead”. So I did.

Starkey tops med-tech spend on political contributions as OTC war tenses
Starkey tops med-tech spend on political contributions as OTC war tenses

Lobbying

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All the big players in medical technology have been topped by Starkey-related political contributions of almost $700k in 2018 alone, mostly to Republican Party coffers.

Ethiopia sees its first ever speech-language pathology graduates
Ethiopia sees its first ever speech-language pathology graduates

Co-operation

Homegrown speech-language pathologists who will stay and treat Ethiopia's hearing and speech disabled - the fruit of ongoing co-operation between an African and a Canadian university.

Cochlear implant pioneer gets a sweet taste of his own bionic medicine
Cochlear implant pioneer gets a sweet taste of his own bionic medicine

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John Rice, a 1990's pioneer in Australian cochlear implant surgery for deaf children got his very own bionic hearing boost after an operation performed by one of his proteges.

3D-printing + goodwill means hearing for kids in the Middle-East
3D-printing + goodwill means hearing for kids in the Middle-East

3D printing

Some 12,000 deaf children in the Middle East may hear thanks to 3D printing technology and plenty of human kindness.

Tanzania goes local on cochlear ops and saves over half a million dollars
Tanzania goes local on cochlear ops and saves over half a million dollars

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Tanzania has claimed major savings and a first in Africa by carrying out its own cochlear implant surgery in a major public hospital.

Sonova "considering hearing aids for the supermarket"?
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Manufacturers

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The Sunday edition of the Swiss newspaper "Neuen Zürcher Zeitung" (NZZ) reported on November 25 that Sonova AG is considering “hearing aids for the supermarket”.

Spain's AICE Awards 2018 honour Audio Infos and Audioenportada
Spain's AICE Awards 2018 honour Audio Infos and Audioenportada

Associations

The AICE Federation (Spanish Association of Cochlear Implant Users) held its annual awards ceremony at a gala evening in Barcelona on November 24.

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New products

Ida Institute's My World tool now available as an appIda Institute's My World tool now available as an app

My World is a free pediatric counseling tool from the Ida Institute designed to help children talk about their hearing loss.  [ ... ]

Dreve highlights at EUHA 2018

At the EUHA 2018, Dreve launched the first and unique 3D direct to print silicone BioTec, which is revolutionizing the digital earmold production.  [ ... ]

Phonak Marvel: exceptional sound quality and universal Bluetooth connectivityPhonak Marvel: exceptional sound quality and universal Bluetooth connectivity

Phonak introduces Marvel - a revolutionary hearing aid family that combines the benefits of exceptional speech understanding and reduced listening effort in noise with the ability to stream all audio content seamlessly from iPhone, Android smartphone [ ... ]