Hearing loss among the top five health conditions facing the Middle East

Awareness

A special report on health issues in the Middle East recently showed that 1 in 25 people in the region has some degree of hearing loss.

The survey, sponsored by MED-El, was conducted at the end of 2014 for nearly four weeks and included interviews of hearing loss experts in 140 ENT clinics across the region. The results were presented during a round table held as part of the Emirates Rhinology and Otology Conference organized in Dubai in mid-January.

Of the specialists interviewed in the survey, 87% reported that hearing loss featured among the top five conditions prevalent in the region, alongside diabetes, hepatitis and obesity. The study highlighted the importance of early intervention in dealing with this major health problem.

According to one of the round table panelists, Dr Hussain Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for health centers and clinics at the Ministry of Health, UAE, the health sector is taking the findings very seriously and is working on early screening procedures for newborns up to 3 years of age. “The earlier the problem is identified, the higher the chances of success of the treatment,” he said.

The study also highlighted the importance of education and literacy in the general awareness parents have of their child’s potential hearing impairment. “When parents had awareness, they were able to detect their child’s problem quickly and reach out for help. Early intervention resulted in early correction of the problem, as the brain has higher plasticity at a young age. Parents need to look at basic symptoms of hearing loss as early as a few months after birth,” said Dr David Raetz, CEO of Dubai-based Med-El Middle East FZE.

Source: Gulf News

C.S.

Advanced Bionics recalls cochlear implant devices following reports of decreased performance
Advanced Bionics recalls cochlear implant devices following reports of decreased performance

 

CI market

© Sonova

In what it has called "an abundance of caution", Sonova's US  Advanced Bionics (AB) brand has retrieved a limited number of its unimplanted HiRes Ultra and Ultra 3D cochlear implants (CIs), replacing them with a new, recently approved version of the device.

Coronavirus fears begin to hit hearing device market
Coronavirus fears begin to hit hearing device market

 

market fears

© Stockcrafter - iStock

As fear and panic over a potential coronavirus pandemic send share values into free fall generally, the Australian cochlear implant producer, Cochlear, has blamed the health scare for having to cut its full-year profit forecast.

A bit more peace (and quiet) for war dogs wearing CAPS
A bit more peace (and quiet) for war dogs wearing CAPS

 

protection

© ollo - iStock

The US Army, industry, and academia have teamed up to develop hearing protection for working dogs, which face temporary and permanent hearing loss from the high noise levels in their daily work.

InnerScope looks to private investment to fund its "disruption" of the US hearing aid market
InnerScope looks to private investment to fund its

 

retail

© RiverNorthPhotography - iStock

InnerScope Hearing Technologies' promised over-the-counter onslaught on the US hearing aid market requires a $15m investment which, says the company, will be found from private placement offerings.

Mumbai noise punishment stalls honkers in traffic light limbo
Mumbai noise punishment stalls honkers in traffic light limbo

 

noise control

© Mumbai Police

Making the punishment fit the crime has perhaps never been better applied than in this Mumbai authorities' new scheme to combat the Indian city's hellish noise from honking car horns. The more irate drivers honk, the longer the light stays red.

Survey shows US growth for rechargeable hearing aids
Survey shows US growth for rechargeable hearing aids

 

surveys

© AndreyPopov - iStock

A small survey it may be, with completed forms from just 225 audiologists, but almost 70% of respondents in the 2020 Audiology Professional Dispensing Survey agreed with the statement that they dispensed “significantly more” rechargeable hearing aids in 2019 than in 2018.

UK charity The Ear Foundation to close, but new group expected to form
UK charity The Ear Foundation to close, but new group expected to form

 

charities

© The Ear Foundation

The registered UK hearing charity, The Ear Foundation, has announced that it will cease activity on March 6, 2020 unable, after 31 years in operation, to overcome increasing "financial challenges". Current staff plan to form a new charity.

Company Directory

New products

GN launches include ReSound ENZO Q - faster, clearer, and tested at sea! GN launches include ReSound ENZO Q - faster, clearer, and tested at sea!

 

launch

© GN Hearing

GN Hearing has new product additions to talk about, including the "beyond powerful" ReSound ENZO Q hearing aid for severe-to-profound hearing loss, recently worn over 49 days at sea by Mo O'Brien as she became the first deaf person to row the Atlantic.

 [ ... ]

Rechargeability and connectivity sparkle among features of Oticon RubyRechargeability and connectivity sparkle among features of Oticon Ruby

 

launch

© Oticon

Oticon has launched a hearing aid addition to its Essentials category: RUBY. Complete with a new feedback management system, this latest release from the Demant device brand has contact-free inductive rechargeability and 2.4 GHz bluetooth connectivity.

 [ ... ]

Amplivox releases two-channel diagnostic audiometerAmplivox releases two-channel diagnostic audiometer

 

audiometers

© Amplivox

Amplivox has released Model 270 +, a two-channel diagnostic audiometer with a specification that includes air, bone and speech testing, along with several special tests such as Stenger, SISI, Master Hearing Aid, and more.

 [ ... ]