Category: Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

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Jury Rules in Favor of Plaintiffs in Third 3M Trial

The third bellwether trial of a class-action lawsuit filed by military members who alleged that 3M did not disclose design flaws in its dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2), ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, according to an article in “Reuters.”

Tinnitus

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Prevention

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HIA Releases Results of Hearing Loss Survey

New research announced by the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) reveals that 4 out of 5 Americans consider hearing loss serious, but ignoring the problem is more common than you may think. Fewer than 16% of adults ages 20-69 who need a hearing aid use one. That number almost doubles to 30% for adults over age 70 who need a hearing aid but don’t use one, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

Vestibular Care

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New Vestibular Implant May Improve BVH Symptoms

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have shown that they can facilitate walking, relieve dizziness and improve quality of life in patients with BVH by surgically implanting a stimulator that electrically bypasses malfunctioning areas of the inner ear and partially restores the sensation of balance.

Health & Wellness

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Critical Distance: How Far Can Musicians and Choir Members Be Spaced from Each Other?

First proposed by Wallace Sabine, critical distance is the physical distance where the sound arriving directly from the source would equal the reverberant or reflected sound level in the room. This critical distance is proportional to the physical size of the room and inversely proportional to the reverberation time which can vary depending on the acoustic qualities of the room. This article looks at the concept of critical distance for choir members and musicians, and debuts a new amplification device, HearHooks, as a possible strategy for addressing spacing concerns.