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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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Audiology Infos establishes in Turkey

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Distributed all around the world in ten languages until now, Audiology Infos has been also published in Turkish since October 1st. The first issue of Audiology Infos Turkey was printed in thousands of copies and distributed to ENT specialists, audiologists, hearing aid specialists and hearing aid firm managers. It was also freely given to the participants of the 6th audiology national congress that took place in Istanbul from 4th to 7th October.

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Audiologist of the Year 2013

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Nominations are being accepted as the search begins for the 2013 Audiologist of the Year. The world’s no.1 selling hearing aid battery manufacturer, Rayovac, has teamed up with Audio Infos magazine to find the 2013 Audiologist of the Year.

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National guidelines for ADP announced

New national guidelines have been announced to help Canadian doctors screen children for auditory processing disorder (APD), a little known hearing disorder that affects two to three percent of Canadian children. The symptoms of APD, which affects the way the brain processes sound, are similar to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). They include: short attention spans, anxiety and difficulty reading. Children with APD

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Hearing research under one roof

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The Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia is launching its new state-of-the-art facilities with a conference entitled Language, Literacy and Cognition in Children with Hearing Impairment on April 17 – 19, 2013. The Australian Hearing Hub is designed to bring together leading hearing-related research, clinical and educational organizations under one roof with a common purpose – to conduct research that will enhance the lives of people with hearing impairment. This inaugural conference will provide

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