Profession

Deaf versus hard-of-hearing: a viewpoint

Awareness

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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.

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Bluetooth: new global standard for hearing aids

MARKET

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In a press release on March 2014, the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA) announced that it has teamed up with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the organization that issues authorizations to manufacturers that wish to use the technology.

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Happy birthday Audiology Worldnews!

April marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Audiology Worldnews website. We would like to thank all our readers who take the time to look through our frequently visited pages. Launched during the American Academy of Audiology event AudiologyNOW! in 2013, Audiology Worldnews is the website for hearing healthcare professionals across the globe that provides continuously updated quality international content. A network of local correspondents provides news, technical and medical articles, interviews, videos and industry events from many different countries.

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Further roll-out of hearing loop technology

service

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Hearing loop technology that wirelessly transfers sounds and words coming over an auditorium’s sound system directly into hearing aids or cochlear implants has continued its wide-spread roll-out in the USA.

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New drug delivery device under development

Research

Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), Draper Laboratory is a not-for-profit research and development laboratory focused on the design, development, and deployment of advanced technological solutions.

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First middle ear implant in UAE

Surgery

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Dr Georg Sprinzl, consulting ENT surgeon at the HearLIFE Clinic, Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) in the United Arab Emirates, performed the country’s first middle ear implant surgery in late February.

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Reducing microsystem size for hearing aids

Research

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Comfort, size and efficiency are often considered to be among the most important factors affecting choice and sustained use of hearing aids. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute of Reliability and Microintegration (IZM)in Berlin, Germany, are currently looking into ways of further reducing the size of microsystems to increase wearer comfort.

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New technology to cut through background noise

Research

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The most commonly cited problem for hearing aid and cochlear implant users is the inability to hear people in noisy situations, specifically in a social or work context. When there is just too much background noise, users may switch off because focusing on voices is simply too difficult.

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8th March special: Women in Audiology

Audiology Worldnews wants to celebrate with you this International Women's Day through a special article gathering some women's contributions to the audiology field during 2013. They come from all over the world, they work on different disciplines but, together, they are all helping to bridge the gender gap in this sector. Great job made by great professionals!

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Bill for insurance coverage of hearing loss in Ohio

Regulation

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New legislation is being proposed in the Ohio State Senate that would require insurance companies to provide coverage for hearing loss. The proposed law (Senate Bill 257) is being sponsored by Senator Edna Brown, a Democratic member of the Ohio Senate.

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