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.
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.