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New TV Sound System for Hard of Hearing

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.

Dr Kyle Remenschneider, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and Harvard Medical School, cared for many of the bombing victimes.

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Suffer Ongoing Ear and Hearing Problems

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.

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Kids with Otitis Media History Should Be Tested for Spatial Listening Ability

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.

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“Know Your Noise” Site Invites People to Check Hearing Habits

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).

The just-released fourth edition of Clinical Otology retails for €159.99/$179.99.

Update of a Classic: Clinical Otology Book Has Been Republished

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.

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Tributes to Marion Downs

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.”

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People with No Musical Rhythm May Have Inability to Synchronize Sounds

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.