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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.

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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International Campaign for Better Hearing Announces Results of Hearing Loss Survey

The study results, which the The International Campaign for Better Hearing announced in a press release, conclude that 74% of respondents from around the world with hearing loss have at some point been embarrassed, while 69% have felt anxious, 64% have experienced feeling socially isolated, 59% felt tired/drained, 62% suffered from anger or frustration, and 49% have even felt unsafe as a result of their hearing loss.

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Benefit of Using Telecare for Dementia Patients with Hearing Loss and Their Caregivers

A large portion of individuals with dementia also have hearing loss. When these patients are fitted with hearing aids for the first time, the use and operation of the instruments can be a struggle, and the struggle often carries over to their caregivers. This research found that the use of teleaudiology via Signia TeleCare for these new hearing aid users increased awareness, improved benefit for several different communication settings, and reduced associated stress for the caregivers.

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MED-EL Survey Shows 'Family Voices' Most Likely to Be Missed with Hearing Loss

The survey findings illustrate the significance of hearing on families and life events: 64% of respondents said that hearing “I love you” from a partner or family member would not be the same if they couldn’t hear; this was the most mentioned life event, according to MED-EL’s survey.

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