Author: Karl

How Do Medical Masks Degrade Speech Reception?

This study shows that each type of medical mask essentially functions as a low-pass acoustic filter for speech, attenuating the high frequencies (2000-7000 Hz) spoken by the wearer by 3 to 4 dB for a simple medical mask and close to 12 dB for the N95 masks. In the era of Covid-19, Alexander Goldin, Barbara Weinstein, and Nimrod Shiman also explain how some of these problems might be overcome.

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hearOclub: Battery Club Services in Partnership with Dispensing Offices

With progressively severe hearing care office closings, travel bans/advisories, and general uncertainty on the horizon, hearOclub can help your patients get their hearing aid batteries while minimizing disruptions and keeping patients engaged with their hearing care professional. HearOclub is a new hearing aid battery club service designed for partnership and revenue-sharing with hearing care professionals.

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Coronavirus Precautions: Informing Your Hearing Healthcare Staff Members

Current information suggests that older people and people with severe chronic health conditions are at higher risk of developing more serious illness from COVID-19. This may place hearing healthcare practices and their staff members in a uniquely vulnerable place. Here are some resources for informing staff members on how to protect themselves, their families, and patients.

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How Might the Brain Change When We Reintroduce Sound? Interview with Anu Sharma, PhD

New research shows that after wearing professionally fit quality hearing aids, a patient’s brain may “re-organize” its auditory processing centers back towards its original state prior to the hearing loss—with corresponding gains in auditory speech perception abilities and improvements in global cognitive function, executive function, processing speed, and visual working memory performance. Anu Sharma discusses the research findings with Douglas Beck.

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Hearing Aid Legislation: Evidence of a Burgeoning New Reality?

Are subtle but important distortions of audiological science being slipped into hearing-related legislation? H.R. 3’s current language promotes a bias—intended or not—that mild-to-moderate hearing loss and severe-to-profound hearing loss are two distinct categories, requiring two distinct legislative treatments. Says who?

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Starkey Launches Livio Edge AI and Several Firsts at Hearing Innovations Expo

Starkey unveiled its new Livio Edge AI hearing aid that comes in a 2.4 GHz custom Li-ion rechargeable option, connectivity to iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S10, and Google Pixel smartphones, voice and tap controls, and a new Edge Mode for an “extra boost” when listening in noise. The company also revealed some exciting features planned for the future of Livio Edge AI.

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