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Deaf patients receive poor health care in Ghana

The inability of doctors and nurses to understand and interpret sign language is leading to wrong prescriptions of medicines for deaf persons, according to the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD). As a result, many expectant mothers who are deaf are losing their lives, the association says. James M. Sambian, Executive Director of GNAD, says

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The Vanderbilt Process dramatically improves cochlear patient hearing

Longtime cochlear implant users are reporting dramatic improvements in their hearing, thanks to new image-guided programming methods developed by Vanderbilt University researchers.

The university’s automated image-guided programming method can dramatically improve

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Flying docs provide free hearing checks

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Australia’s iconic aeromedical service, the Flying Doctors, have joined forces with the Wimmera Hearing Society to provide free hearing checks at Warragul Farm World. This year’s Farm World at Lardner Park – which ran from March 21st to 24th - coincided with the 85th anniversary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in Australia. RFDS Victoria General Manager Health, Gary Layton, said

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When you perform well, it will show

The new Dutch system for the distribution of hearing aids represents a world wide novelty. 'Evidence based medicine' in the distribution of hearing aids would be the most desirable option, but cannot be attained as yet. With 'practice based evidence' The Netherlands will get the second best option, says prof. dr. ir. Wouter Dreschler, chair in Clinical and Experimental Audiology at the Academical Medical Center Amsterdam. In the new system all new fitting trajectories and hearing aid sales are subjected

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Open Access Guide for ENTs in Developing World launched

A new open access guide has been created to assist otolaryngologists and audiologists in the developing world. The guide is a free text and is intended to help those who manage hearing problems where qualified audiologists are frequently not available.

“There are no copyright restrictions, and colleagues are welcome to use, copy and quote as they wish,” say editors Johan Fagan, Claude Laurent and De Wet Swanepoel. “The textbook is still in evolution and chapters will be added as they are completed over the coming months.”

The project was first launched

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Sonitus announces update on bone conduction oral appliances

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California-based Sonitus Medical, Inc, the manufacturer of the world’s first and only non-surgical and removable hearing device to transmit sound through the teeth, has announced that the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery has approved a policy statement on implantable hearing devices that includes placement of a bone conduction oral applicance as an acceptable procedure for the relief of appropriate indications, such as Single Sided Deafness or Conductive Hearing loss when performed by a qualified professional. This means that patients

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Washington Physicians want full training disclosure

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The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) is calling for greater transparency in how healthcare professionals, including audiologists, identify themselves to patients. “The WSMA believes that all healthcare professionals should clearly and accurately identify themselves to patients,” says the association. “Many healthcare professionals can earn advanced degrees that carry the title "doctor," including

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Brazilian Ministry of Health allocates money to update speech processors

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In November, Brazil’s Ministry of Health agreed to pay $7 million (US) to replace speech processors in 911 patients with cochlear implants who are served by its public health care system. The allocation came at the request of ADAP, an association that supports cochlear implant users in Brazil.

The replacements were for many patients who had surgeries performed between 1999 and 2006 whose device model had been

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Lobe Santé auditive et communication opens new clinic in Drummondville

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It all began in Saint-Georges de Beauce in 2002, when Lobe Santé auditive et communication, a unique provincial network of multidisciplinary clinics for hearing health, was created. Knowing that 15% of the Canadian population currently suffers from varying degrees of hearing loss and that, of them, 75% are doing nothing to correct the problem—citing a wide range of reasons, from a lack of information or knowledge of the steps to take to service accessibility—the value of developing comprehensive hearing health services becomes clear. These are precisely the reasons why Lobe Santé auditive et communication clinics were created. This comprehensive,

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Helping infants in under-served populations

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Infant-toddler hearing screening conducted in Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) may effectively identify cases of post-natal hearing loss, according to a study conducted across seven FQHCs. “This is one of the first studies in a primary care setting using Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) technology coupled with tympanometry, allowing physicians to better triage patients for immediate audiology referral,” say the authors. While newborn hearing screening has improved outcomes for children diagnosed with hearing loss, the screening protocol are

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