Profession

Enrolment open for postgraduate audiology course

TRAINING

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The University of Argentinian Social Museum (Umsa) has announced that enrolment is now open for its postgraduate course in Audiology, which is aimed at professionals in the sector who wish to complement their studies. The course objective is to use updated epistemological knowledge in this area to train specialists and give them aptitudes and attitudes in order to carry out integrated management of hearing problems.

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Germany: improved care for people with hearing impairment?

By means of a constitutive decision made in July 2013, the German National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV-Spitzenverband), has effectively doubled standard rates for the care of people with hearing loss, and significantly increased performance requirements for hearing aids.

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Spanish families of the deaf call for universal reimbursement of hearing aid costs

REGULATION

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The Spanish Federation of Associations of Parents and Friends of the Deaf (FIAPAS) has called on health authorities to take advantage of a coming tax overhaul and review of laws regulating benefits for prosthetics users in order to extend reimbursements on hearing aid costs to all ages.

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Takahashi Kimiko: an exceptional woman CEO in the hearing aid industry in Japan

Shudensha group is a hearing aid dispenser network in Yamagata and Fukushima prefectures. CEO Takahashi Kimiko is not only a hearing aid technician and businesswoman, but also board member of The Japan Hearing Dispensers Association (JHIDA), Vice-president of the Tohoku region and Sales Ethics Committee Chairperson of the JHIDA. Takahashi told us about her business policy and her suggestions to the industry from her point of view as a businesswoman.

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First class of Spanish experts to earn certificates for treating tinnitus

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A total of 31 enrolled Spanish audiology professionals made up the first class from the country to qualify in obtaining GN Hearing Care certificates in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. On completing this training programme in Madrid, their achievements increased when the GN Group announced that, on top of the diploma of accreditation, they would "distinguish professionals' centres with promotional material".

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Hearing aids: What to do when the patient says “It’s too expensive”

Every audiology professional dreads a consultation that ends with the customer saying “It’s too expensive”. What can you reply to this?

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Doha medical center launches two new programs

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Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is Qatar’s main non-profit healthcare provider and manages several specialized hospitals in the Gulf state. The Corporation’s Audiology and Balance Unit is set to launch two new study programs beginning this year, building on the audiology courses set up in 2009.

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The dangers of loud music to hearing

PREVENTION

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The Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota, USA) recently reported on the increased incidence of hearing loss in adolescents from 12 to 19 years of age. An increase of about 5% has been reported in the United States over the last 10 years, the article indicates.

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Join Audiology Worldnews on Twitter

NETWORK

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We are happy to announce the launch of the official twitter @AudioWorldnews. Follow and stay tuned for new stories from the Audiology Worldnews website and audiology news and studies from across the globe. We are working to provide more channels of collaboration to benefit all readers of our magazines and website.

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Personal sound amplifier or hearing aids

REGULATION

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There has been concern in the hearing device industry that the distinction between hearing aids and personal sound amplifier products (PSAPs) is not very clear to consumers. Although the two products share a common goal, enabling users to hear better, and often have common technology, there are significant differences that the buyer should be aware of.

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