Congratulations to our country winners!

alt

OpenSound Navigator™ opens up the world

alt

63rd EUHA Congress in Hanover

alt

Predicting how cochlear implant recipients will hear speech

alt

Privacy Regulation and Audiology (II)

Privacy regulation in Europe

Privacy Regulation and Audiology (I)

Privacy regulation in Europe

Get the latest news of the profession: sign up for our newsletter!

Audiology Worldnews newsletter

Interested in Audiology-related events?

Audiology Worldnews agenda

Understanding parental speech to improve hearing aids

Research

©Fotolia-st-fotograf

Recent research on the characteristics of child-directed speech provides more evidence that mothers and fathers speak to their young children in a different way.

Research presented at the 169th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, held in Pittsburgh, PA (USA), offers new evidence that fathers speak to their children in a different way than mothers. Although both use child-directed speech known as “motherese”, the sing-song, high pitch tone used when talking to infants and children, there appear to be differences in the way each parent approaches communication.

Scientists from Washington State University’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences analyzed data from all-day recordings of the interactions between 11 children with a mean age of 30 months and their parents. They found that fundamental frequency was different when comparing findings for the two parents, as well as frequency variability and range.

The findings suggest that the two distinct forms of child-directed speech may complement one another for the child’s language development. “Dads spoke to their children more like they spoke to other adults rather than in a special way,” said lead author Mark Vandam. “We’ve hypothesized that children get to try out certain kinds of speech with mom and get to try out other kinds of speech with dad.”

The researchers hope that this initial study will lead to more research and provide a way to improve speech recognition algorithms used in hearing aids and cochlear implants for children with hearing impairments.

Source: Tech Times

C.S.

Virtual reality experience to immerse the user in silence
Virtual reality experience to immerse the user in silence

VR

©FatCamera

Australia’s Shepherd Centre, a charity providing a family-centered early intervention program to teach children born deaf or with hearing loss how to develop spoken language, has developed the experience to help people appreciate this condition.

Hearing tests more likely in Germany
Hearing tests more likely in Germany

Eurotrak 2018

©ZdenekSasek

45 % of people questioned in the latest Eurotrak survey in Germany say they have had a hearing test in the last five years, far higher than numbers reported in France and the UK.

"The digital transformation will not replace experts"

Interview

© M. Matos

François Julita, Phonak’s director of digital experience, is responsible for developing digital solutions for responding in better ways to the needs of hearing aid users and hearing care professionals.

Congratulations to the new European AOTY!
Congratulations to the new European AOTY!

AOTY2018

Benjamin Schadow, owner of Hörstil in Erfurt, Germany, has been announced as the 2018 European Audiologist of the Year (AOTY), just weeks after scooping the German Audiologist of the Year title.

AWN EUHA congress special in its 5th year
AWN EUHA congress special in its 5th year

EUHA 2018

Hopefully you are no stranger to our Audiology Worldnews EUHA Congress special print issue as this is the 5th year we provide you with our magazine at the 63rd International Congress of Hearing Aid Audiologists.

Martin Blecker: "At 8,000 delegates, EUHA congress the world's largest convention of its kind"
Martin Blecker:

EUHA 2018

The 63rd EUHA congress will start this Wednesday, October 17, in Hanover. We spoke to Martin Blecker, EUHA president, about the 2018 edition.

Digitization a focus for the German audiology congress
Digitization a focus for the German audiology congress

EUHA 2018

©

From Wednesday 17th October, thousands of audiologists, doctors, students, hearing aid dispensers and industry personnel will descend on Hannover for the 63rd European Union of Hearing Aid Acousticians (EUHA) Congress.

Company Directory

New products

New GSI Allegro launchedNew GSI Allegro launched

Grason-Stadler (GSI) is pleased to announce the release of a new handheld screening tympanometer, the GSI Allegro™.  [ ... ]

Microson will present M4 Open at the EUHA congressMicroson will present M4 Open at the EUHA congress

© Microson

Microson, the only Spanish manufacturer of hearing aids, will attend the EUHA Congress to present their new hearing aid, M4 Open, an innovative open-fit solution. [ ... ]

Hansaton launches beat SHD power hearing systemHansaton launches beat SHD power hearing system

Hansaton presents the beat SHD product family, its most powerful BTE hearing systems with SHD technology for significant hearing loss. [ ... ]