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Call for a greater focus on the causes of hearing loss

Prevention

The US education and advocacy group Quiet Communities recently posted a piece on how the area of prevention of hearing loss should be given more attention.

In many medical fields, prevention is not top of the list in terms of investment or research efforts. The need for treatments often takes precedence because of the urgency of helping affected individuals. Hearing loss is a good example of this mechanism.

Quiet Communities, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting health, the environment, and quality of life from noise, recently pointed out in an article by Daniel Fink, MD, Interim Chair of the Health Advisory Council, that one major aspect of tackling the hearing loss epidemic is not being addressed: prevention.

The article cites the recent report from the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) on aging America and hearing loss as a good example of the issue. The report’s focus was the imperative of improved hearing technologies, looking only to technology and treatment as a solution to the problem. It assumed, according to Fink, that this is simply a natural consequence of aging.

Fink points to noise as the well-known cause of many cases of hearing loss. He believes that reducing exposure to environmental noise is a logical and cost-effective alternative to technology long-term. The US Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults is to publish a report on hearing loss in June. Quiet Communities hopes this will be an opportunity to “change the national discussion about how to prevent hearing loss and make treatment of hearing loss more effective,” by going beyond evaluation and treatment strategies, and addressing root causes.

Source: Quiet Communities

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Survey: UK and Northern Ireland citizens move fastest on hearing loss; Eire and Oz slowest
Survey: UK and Northern Ireland citizens move fastest on hearing loss; Eire and Oz slowest

Survey

Once more the WHO and other entities raised awareness on hearing issues during World Hearing Day © WHO

A ten-country survey carried out on World Hearing Day this March 3 has revealed big national differences between the fastest and slowest to seek advice and treatment for the onset of hearing loss.

From invisible implants to bike helmets for CI users - MED-EL's Ideas4ears kids innovate young
From invisible implants to bike helmets for CI users - MED-EL's Ideas4ears kids innovate young

innovation

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Inventors as young as seven and eight-years-old have impressed the Austrian hearing tech firm MED-EL enough to win these talents a trip to Innsbruck to discuss innovations ranging from surf-friendly implants to a bike helmet for a CI-wearing dad.

iHear launches pay-as-you-go aids on subscription with online tweaking and support
iHear launches pay-as-you-go aids on subscription with online tweaking and support

Trends

iHEARmax, one of the products by iHear. Photo: iHear.

Hearing aids for low, flexible, personalised monthly plans, and programming through mobile apps is the latest formula from the venture-funded San Francisco-based provider, iHear Medical.

BSHAA Congress 2019 – It’s More Than Hearing
BSHAA Congress 2019 – It’s More Than Hearing

Congress

The Congress of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists 2019 will take place Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK.

Singing and playing music can aid speech perception in children with CIs, Finnish study suggests
Singing and playing music can aid speech perception in children with CIs, Finnish study suggests

Music

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A Finnish research team has announced positive results from a recent investigation into the role of singing and instrument playing in speech perception in noise of children with cochlear implants.

Get involved in Audiologist of the Year 2019!
Get involved in Audiologist of the Year 2019!

Contest

For a chance to become Europe’s Audiologist of the Year, request your entry pack for the prestigious competition now by visiting:

New UK Hearing Conservation Association launched
New UK Hearing Conservation Association launched

Association

To coincide with World Hearing Day on the 3rd March 2019 a new group was launched in the United Kingdom.

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Oticon launches groundbreaking Oticon Opn SOticon launches groundbreaking Oticon Opn S

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