Profession

A new life for reconditioned hearing aids in Burlington, Canada

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Several hearing aid recycling initiatives are already in place in Canada. The Hamilton Spectator reported in October on a new program in Ontario that provides an answer to the question of what to do with hearing aids that are no longer needed, but that are still in excellent condition.

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Hearing aids for people in need in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho

The landlocked mountain country of Lesotho in southern Africa is facing tremendous social and economic challenges. The main issues affecting the country are poverty, lack of education, and HIV/AIDS. The country has nearly 200,000 orphans for an overall population of just 2 million.

People with disabilities in the country of course also face major challenges in terms of education, integration and healthcare.

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Universal hearing screening for newborns in Taiwan: increasing coverage

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A universal newborn hearing screening program has been advocated in Taiwan since 1998, but coverage initially remained low. Since the Taiwanese government decided to subsidize infant hearing screening fully, significantly higher coverage rates have been achieved, demonstrating the importance of third-party funding.

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European Audiologist of the year: Young London audiologist wins award

Jaspreet Bahra, recently awarded UK Audiologist of the Year, has beaten off competition from fellow professionals in France, Germany/Austria, Ireland, Spain and Sweden to be named European Audiologist of the Year for 2013.

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European Audiologist of the Year 2013

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Progress in screening at Chennai Hospital, but treatment still a long way off

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The Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai, India, is considered to be one of the best medical institutions in Tamil Nadu state. Based on its statistics, 6 in 1,000 newborns at the hospital are born deaf.

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First call centre for the hearing disabled

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In an aim to close the "digital gap" in Chile, the Chilenter Foundation has strived since 2002 to create access to information technology for under-resourced sectors, thus contributing to education and social enterprise.

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A telemedicine initiative for follow-up of children in rural areas

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A high percentage of children who do not pass hearing screening at birth are lost to follow-up.

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MED-EL Founder and CEO to receive Lasker Award

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MED-EL Medical Electronics has announced that Dr Ingeborg Hochmair, founder and CEO of the company, has been nominated to receive this year’s highly-respected Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award.

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Brazilian Audiology loses Dr. Maria Cecília Bevilacqua

Renowned researcher, great exponent of the field and promoter of public hearing health policies, in 1990 Dr. Maria Cecília Bevilacqua helped introduce a cochlear implant program at the “Little Center” and set up the Hearing Research Center, now a major CI center in South America.

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