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Future Ear Podcast: Life for Audiologists & Private Practice Owners from March-June 2020

A new “Future Ear” podcast by Dave Kemp of Oaktree Products features great ideas and perspectives from six audiologists in different parts of the United States. The podcast highlights the uniqueness of some of the individual work situations and regions, and includes several excellent tips about how to adapt a practice in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and recovery.

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Is Hearing Healthcare Essential?

During a crisis, it’s more important than ever that people stay connected. Hearing healthcare professionals must adapt to a world with Covid-19. They must begin to provide care in a different, but responsible, way.

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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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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Letter: Concerns on “Competing in a New Era of Hearing Healthcare” from Dr Kim Cavitt

Dr Kim Cavitt voices concerns about ideas in a November Hearing Review article that she says could be problematic for hearing care professionals relative to insurers, scope of practice, and medical costs. The authors, Drs Robert Traynor and Jay Hall, respond.

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The Partnership of Family-centered Care in Adult Audiology Service

Family-centered Care (FCC) is an extension of patient-centered care, placing emphasis on the role of family and acknowledges the patient and their family members as the unit of care, rather than just the patient. Barbra Timmer, PhD, MBA, answers questions about FCC and discusses the research, outcomes, and economics behind why it is so important in hearing healthcare.

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The American Academy of Otolaryngology Publishes Update to BPPV Treatment Guideline

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation published the Clinical Practice Guideline: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (Update) March 1 in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the Academy announced in a release. The updated guideline reportedly provides evidence-based recommendations for healthcare providers on diagnosis and treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) as well as answers to frequently asked questions about BPPV.

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