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Québec: 30-year anniversary of first cochlear implant

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L’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec (part of the CHU), the oldest hospital establishment in Canada and America, recently celebrated the anniversary of the first multielectrode cochlear implant operation in the country.

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Hearing tests by phone to improve testing rates

Research

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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).

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Irregularities in New Zealand newborn hearing screening program

Screening

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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.

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New approach to teaching deaf children in Vietnam

Education

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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.

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Mexico: Exponential advances in cochlear implants

Over the last 20 years in Mexico there has been a considerable development of the use of cochlear implants, with increasingly more patients claiming the technology has changed their lives.

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Business tips for audiologists: Make a great impression

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.

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Bilateral cochlear implantation under the prism of the 'disruptive technology' concept

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.

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Australian researchers lead the way for developing countries to have self-fitting hearing aids

EVENT

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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.

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People with hearing loss rate level of after-care as top reason for choosing independent centres

Survey

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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.

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Universal newborn hearing screening in Ireland: an update

NHS

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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.

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