A University of Melbourne study finds that children who suffered middle ear disease (otitis media) in early childhood were found to have binaural speech perception deficits that persist for years after. Spatial listening difficulties can lead to poor understanding of a teacher’s voice in a noisy classroom, so children should be assessed upon school entry to make early intervention possible.
The National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) in Australia has developed an online noise risk calculator that is featured on the “Know Your Noise” website, a primary feature of HEARsmart, an initiative from the HEARing CRC aimed at promoting smarter hearing habits and reducing the incidence of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).
A fourth edition of the otology book, Clinical Otology, has been released this month, according to an announcement from Thieme Publishing Group. The newest edition features more than 150 color illustrations that clarify key concepts presented in the text, and includes new chapters on current clinical applications of genetics, contemporary hearing loss testing and management of external and internal hearing devices, and vestibular and audiologic neuro diagnostics.
A number of spontaneous comments and postings in response to the recent death of audiology legend Marion Downs, who many consider to be the “Mother of Pediatric Audiology.”
Audina Hearing Instruments has released a Super 70 option for all custom digital hearing instruments with a feedback canceller. This new option is an advancement on the company’s Super 60 high power ITE hearing aids.
New research shows that harnessing the regenerative power of early supporting cells of the inner ear could lead to new strategies to combat many causes of deafness.
Being bilingual or speaking multiple languages routinely exercises the brain, making it better at processing auditory stimuli and cognitive information. The study suggests that a bilingual brain is constantly activating both languages and choosing which language to use and which to ignore.
Researchers in Canada find that beat-deafness, or the inability to keep time to music or other rhythm, may reveal a problem with how people synchronize the sounds they hear. The research team found that deficits in sound synchronizing can help scientists ascertain fundamental properties of human neural function, such as how auditory and motor systems are integrated in neural networks.
Audiology clinicians who have incorporated portable electronic equipment into their practices may appreciate a new lab coat with 16 pockets designed to hold smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices.
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have published findings from two studies of EEG testing, showing that certain types of EEG tests may help clinicians understand and treat schizophrenia with new approaches related to auditory processing.