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Comorbidities and Eliminating Barriers for Establishing Referral Networks

Many chronic health conditions are now being linked to hearing loss. Hearing care professionals can become “the hearing provider” for any future referrals of patients with hearing loss. However, some barriers, including the perception of accessibility and affordability, first need to be overcome.

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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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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