- Published on 23 June 2014
Estimates of people in the United States with some degree of hearing loss often reach 30 to 40 million. But half have probably never had a hearing test. A team from Indiana University, Bloomington, has proposed a solution to this problem: a screening test that can be taken over the phone (provided the person has a landline).
- Published on 02 June 2014
An unknown number of babies with hearing impairment may reportedly have been missed due to problems with New Zealand’s hearing screening program, according to the New Zealand Herald.
- Published on 30 May 2014
In a 2006 survey of households in Vietnam that included a special section on disabilities, it was found that 18 out of every 10,000 children had great difficulty hearing or were not able to hear at all. On the basis of these estimates, some 15,500 Vietnamese children between 0 and 5 years of age would belong to this group. Most of them do not have access to primary education and their families are not provided specific support.
- Published on 16 May 2014
It can take just a quick glance, and no more than seven seconds, for someone to evaluate you when you meet for the first time. Opinions are formed based on appearance, body language, demeanour, mannerisms and dress. These first impressions can be nearly impossible to reverse. Mike Yates, coach and regular contributor to Audio Infos United Kingdom, provides some guidance on how to make a great first impression.
- Published on 07 May 2014
Using the business concept of technology disruption helps us to give a different look on bilateral cochlear implantation and the binaural benefits it provides to users. Applying the concept shows for instance how simultaneous or short delay bilateral CI represents a disruptive technology in the treatment of bilateral deafness since it prevents auditory cortex from reorganization. Long sequential implant can be considered as a form of techonology disruption since users accept and appreciate a lower level of fidelity than the market expects they would require to get the level of benefit they derive. Settling happily with this poorer fidelity demonstrates that the criterion "good enough" is relevant to consider in a cost-efficacy analysis.
- Published on 07 May 2014
Australian researchers believe a self-fitting hearing aid is a cost-effective way to bring relief to the millions of people suffering hearing loss worldwide. The need to develop a self-fitting hearing aid to help manage the hearing loss currently experienced by 360 million people worldwide is a topic up for serious discussion by international leading experts at a roundtable on the future of global hearing services at the XXXII World Congress of Audiology in Brisbane this week.
- Published on 06 May 2014
More than three quarters (76 per cent) of people in the UK with a hearing loss say that the high level of after-care offered by independent hearing centres is the primary reason for choice over national outlets or the NHS, according to new research.
- Published on 05 May 2014
Universal newborn hearing screening makes it possible to identify hearing impairment early and, along with timely audiological treatment, can significantly improve quality of life and development in children found to have hearing loss. In April 2011, Ireland‘s national health service, the HSE (Health Service Executive) contracted Northgate Public Services to implement the country’s screening program.
- Published on 18 April 2014
In a viewpoint article in the American Journal of Nursing, Margaret Widner-Kolberg, a hearing loss support specialist and clinical instructor in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland (USA), provides her insight into hearing loss and the difference between people who identify as deaf and those who identify as hard-of-hearing.