The third annual Cognitive Hearing Science for Communication, CHSCOM 2015, will be held June 14-17, 2015 in Linköping, Sweden.
Clinical trial results of a new hearing aid directional technology that employs binaural beamforming through the use of wireless audio data streaming showed that sentence recognition in surrounding background noise was significantly superior for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
The results from this clinical study strongly support the use of Widex Zen Therapy in tinnitus patient management. This individualized comprehensive approach combining counseling (instructional and adjustment-based cognitive behavioral intervention), amplification, fractal tones and/or noise, and relaxation strategies was highly effective in reducing tinnitus handicap in a short period of time, with improvements apparent through at least the 6-month duration of this investigation.
This article is a micro-level analysis of how hearing care professionals can help patients deconstruct their hearing loss and reprogram “wrong messages.” To the extent that a person with hearing loss has internalized negative social norms, a “traditional” audiology or hearing care visit is likely to trigger shame-based self-evaluative cognitions. For example, “I didn’t study properly for the hearing test, therefore I’m unworthy.”
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Siemens AG is reportedly in advanced talks with at least three potential buyers to sell off its 2-billion euro ($2.6 billion) hearing aid division via a sealed bidding process.
Two audiologists from Illinois State University—Lindsay Bondurant, PhD and second-year AuD student Ellen Avoletta—have been selected to travel to the Oticon Clinic in Parintins, Brazil as part of Project Amazon. The Oticon Hearing Foundation will again underwrite the costs for the humanitarian mission that provides audiology care and hearing solutions to children and adults from some of Brazil’s most impoverished communities.
A team of researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology has created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. According to the research team that designed the Captioning on Glass software system, a hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly into a smartphone. The speech is converted to text, sent to Glass and displayed on its heads-up display.
The type of sound processing that modern hearings aids provide to make speech more understandable may also make music enjoyment more difficult, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings, suggest that less sophisticated hearing aids might actually be more compatible with listening to music, especially recorded music that has been processed.
According to a report from researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, subjective screening questions do not reliably identify teenagers who are at risk for hearing loss. The results suggest that objective hearing tests should be refined for this age group to replace screening questions.