Profession

Help for homeless with hearing loss

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Data on the prevalence of hearing loss among the homeless are scarce and few programs exist to address the problem.

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Having a hearing aid is great! But wearing it is even better…

Hearing aids end up packed away in a drawer for one in seven individuals with hearing loss aged 50 years or more, according to a 2012 study by American researchers Wade Chien and Frank R. Lin.
How can we stop these hearing aids from ending up in a drawer and improve their use? There is no shortage of studies that show how few people with hearing loss are actually equipped with hearing aids. The number of unused hearing aids is however more difficult to determine but this is definitely a real problem. A British study has listed a certain number of reasons why this happens, and highlights the importance of follow-up and guidance.

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Quality of life after Cochlear Implant surgery

Improvement in quality of life as a goal of treatment is gaining more and more in importance. Patients with loss of hearing or other adverse physical or psychological effects as a result of a disease therefore need a good rehabilitation therapy that enables them to lead a normal life again. Consequently, personalised therapies are becoming more and more important in many medical fields, and ENT medicine is one of them. This year’s annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirugie (German Society for ENT Medicine, Head and Neck Surgery) specifically included a topic section concerning quality of life. Petra Kirchem, who holds a degree in psychology, gave a lecture on this topic area. Audio Infos visited her at the Implant Centrum in Freiburg.

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Continued success for Speech and Communication Center in UAE

The United Arab Emirates have seen rapid economic and social development over the last few years. Given the need for improving services for hearing impaired and deaf people, the Kalimati Speech and Communication Center provides speech and language therapy services to children with various communication and linguistic needs, and aims to increase awareness of the issue of hearing loss in the country, reports Gulfnews.

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Awareness of audiology growing among students

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Awareness among college students about the profession of audiology is growing, according to researchers at Texas Tech University.

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California buildings require new access to assistive technologies

California building and accessibility standards are changing and are providing new opportunities for companies to provide assistive listening service solutions to builders, architects, AV professionals and business owners.

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Audiology students and independent practice

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A team from the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium sought to identify variables that help AuD students wheter to enter Independent Practice (IP) or choose another kind of practice setting.

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Helping Hands for infants in Samoa

In an office building in Fagaima, Samoa, infants are now receiving hearing screenings thanks to funding from Helping Babies Hear/Helping Hands.

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Modern Practice Management

Our profession is facing challenging and changing times. Our patients have changed and changed quickly. They are better educated, more discerning, more demanding. The market environment has also become more challenging. Competition has increased; new players have entered with differing value propositions. By Geoffrey Cooling

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Qatar celebrates 10th anniversary of newborn screening

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Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) National Newborn Screening Program (NNSP) has celebrated its 10th anniversary, having carried out 138,046 hearing tests on infants in Qatar over the past decade.

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