Profession

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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Hearing screening in Zambia

Training

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A team of four volunteers from the Callier Center for Communications Disorders report back on their visit to Zambia (central Africa) aimed at carrying out hearing screening and offering audiology services to the local population.

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Danish collaboration achieves the opening of new research centre

RESEARCH

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GN ReSound, Oticon and Widex in cooperation with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have opened the research centre ‘Centre for Acoustic-Mechanical Micro Systems’ (CAMM). One of CAMM’s key focus areas is to study how the acoustic signal influences a mechanical construction and vice versa. This can lead to designing smaller hearing aids with an improved sound experience for hearing aid users.

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Cold weather and hearing aids

prevention

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Freezing temperatures, snow and ice are still plaguing much of the United States, from the Midwest to New England, and even all the way to northern Texas. Temperatures as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit below average are still forecast for many States. We all know how exposed our ears can feel in extremely cold weather. And of course people with hearing aids have to take extra precautions to protect their devices from the onslaught of the elements.

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