Awareness

Noise induced hearing loss

Permanent, noise-induced hearing loss is the chief health hazard in occupational and recreational situations, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Of the 30 million reported cases of hearing loss in the United States, one third is related to noise exposure. Noise-induced hearing loss involves the degeneration and irreparable loss of cochlear hair cells, which leads to auditory threshold deterioration. Noise can act as a mechanical stressor by overstretching inner ear tissues. If noise is too intense, it can also lead to vascular constriction, which reduces

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Who Has the Loudest Fans?

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Do you ever wonder what baseball teams in America have the loudest baseball fans? Starkey Technologies offers up this “unscientific” assessment.

1. San Francisco Giants

The reigning World Series Champions are well-known for having some of the loudest and rowdiest fans, particularly during their playoff runs. In fact, national sportscaster and World Series play-by-play man Joe Buck even declared Giant’s AT&T Park the “loudest I have ever been in” during the 2012 World Series!

2. Minnesota Twins

Okay, perhaps a “homer” pick for the team closest to Starkey Hearing Technologies’ corporate headquarters! However, there is no

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Dyslexia and hearing loss

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Researchers at Northwestern University may have discovered a link between dyslexia and hearing.

The Chicago researchers recorded the brainwaves of 100 children with normal hearing, aged six to 13. Using scalp electrodes, they measured the children’s neural responses as they listened to the syllables “ba” and “ga”.

The brainwaves of dyslexic children showed erratic patterns, indicating the children

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CASLPA applauds federal initiatives for Canada’s aboriginal communities

Measures announced in the Canadian government’s 2013 budget will have a positive impact on the health of aboriginal Canadians, says the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA).

Joanne Charlebois says the measures will improve health care and education on reserves.

“Healthcare for Aboriginal communities has been an ongoing issue of concern for CASLPA,” she says. “The current lack of access to speech-language pathology and audiology services has serious repercussions. It’s important to note

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National Hearing Plan for Samoa

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National and international stakeholders gathered last week to refine and contribute to the National Hearing Services Plan for Samoa which is set for implementation in July. The effort is funded under the Samoa-Australia Partnership for Development and will expand hearing services to cover a wider scope of the community.

Participants at the meeting were briefed on

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New York Mayor takes aim at hearing loss

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New York mayor and health advocate Michael Bloomberg has launched an effort to warn of the dangers of using personal listening devices (PLDs) at high volumes. The quarter of a million dollar Hearing Loss Prevention Media Campaign will use social media and focus groups to warn young people about losing their hearing through the improper use of ear buds and other PLDs.

It is estimated that iPods, at maximum volume, can reach

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Jan Grote: Without hearing no development

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In 1995 the World Health Assembly in Geneva adopted a resolution to make prevention of hearing problems a priority. Subsequently nothing happened. Half of the hearing problems in developing countries can be prevented with relatively simple and cost effective means. Dr. Jan Grote, former secretary general of IFOS, decided to act on it and initiated the worldwide project ’Hearing for all’. His message to governments and NGOs: integrate primary hear care in primary education. “When nothing is done, five to ten percent of the children don’t get a proper education because of hearing problems - and thus hardly stand a chance in the labour market.” After years of relentless lobbying, there are now breakthroughs.

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Another rockstar with tinnitus

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Noel Gallagher former guitarist and frontman of British rock band Oasis reveals he’s suffering from tinnitus. He was recently diagnosed after a brain scan prescribed when he started complaining about a ringing in his ear. According to doctors, the affliction is probably due to his years performing at ear-splitting volumes. In an interview with

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Deaf drivers can now operate commercial vehicles

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In a historic victory, deaf and hard of hearing truckers in the United States will now be able to operate commercial motor vehicles such as large trucks. The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted 40 applications filed by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) seeking exemption from the hearing standard that has barred deaf drivers from obtaining commercial drivers’ licenses (CDLs). In announcing this historic decision, the DOT cited research demonstrating that deaf drivers are as safe as hearing drivers. The DOT regulates the physical qualifications standards, or physical requirements, for people who want to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. For decades, the DOT has maintained a hearing standard that has excluded

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Hearing Awareness at the EU Parliament

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The European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association, together with EFHOH, the European Federation of the Hard of Hearing, have organised a Hearing Awareness Week at the EU Parliament starting on April 9. The event will be formally hosted by MEP Adam Kosa from Hungary who is severely hard-of-hearing.

The main event of the week will be a breakfast session featuring

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