Profession

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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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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