A Tmie gene mutation can cause deafness from birth, according to scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). The TSRI researchers report they were able to reintroduce the gene in mice and restore the process underpinning hearing.
Magnet displacement, pain and discomfort during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be a risk for cochlear implant patients, according to a report published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. CI patients can have difficulties while undergoing an MRI because of exposure of the CI’s internal magnet to the strong electromagnetic field of MRI.
Siemens Hearing Instruments recently held its first “Active Kids and Teens BestSound” training event at its New Jersey facility. Thirty hearing care professionals from around the country attended the two-day meeting, which focused on product solutions and patient counseling geared to children, tweens, and teens.
Scientists with the National Hearing Test Project have developed a phone based hearing test to help people take the first step in managing their hearing health—with initial hearing loss testing via the telephone.
Frequency lowering features may not always be beneficial, but the ReSound Sound Shaper uses a proportional frequency compression approach that can provide high frequency audibility for individuals who do not receive it through traditional amplification.
In the new reimbursement environment that places value of care over volume of patients seen, the hearing healthcare specialist can help primary care providers succeed. It is increasingly evident that better hearing leads to better patient compliance and better overall outcomes, and hearing healthcare professionals can reap benefits and an increasingly important role in the healthcare system.
Results from a study published in the October JAAA indicate that the so-called “hearing aid effect” has diminished, if not completely disappeared, in the 21st century.
An initiative amongst five organizations has led to documents being filed with the US Department of Justice that help improve access to movies in US theaters for deaf and hard of hearing people. The HLAA, NAD, ALDA, and AG Bell met with representatives from the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) to hammer out the agreement on movie captioning.
A University of Southampton researcher has developed a TV loudspeaker system that helps people with hearing problems listen to television without affecting the sound for other viewers.
A research report from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute (MEEI) and Harvard Medical School, outlines the ear and hearing problems suffered by surviving victims of the bomb explosions at the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon. The research report describes the types of otologic injuries people sustained in the tragedy, and the outcomes of the patients undergoing continued otologic treatment.