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Research Shows Hair Cell Damage May Be Main Cause of Age-related Hearing Loss

Researchers examined 120 inner ears collected at autopsy. They used multivariable statistical regression to compare data on the survival of hair cells, nerve fibers, and the stria vascularis with the patients' audiograms to uncover the main predictor of the hearing loss in this aging population. They found that the degree and location of hair cell death predicted the severity and pattern of the hearing loss, while stria vascularis damage did not.

Managing People with Sensorineural and Conductive Unilateral Hearing Loss and Single-Sided Deafness

CROS and BiCROS hearing aids are not the only treatment options for those with unilateral hearing loss. This article reviews other options and potential future avenues for unilateral sensorineural hearing loss and single-sided deafness, as well as for unilateral conductive hearing loss.

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Audiologic Considerations for People with Normal Hearing Sensitivity Yet Hearing Difficulty and/or Speech-in-Noise Problems

Hearing care professionals often encounter people who complain of hearing difficulties and trouble hearing in noise, but when tested, present with hearing sensitivity and thresholds that are within “normal limits.” This article reviews the audiological evidence regarding this unique population and makes the case for educating them about sophisticated technology options—including hearing aids and wireless technology such as remote microphones—which have been proven to be extremely useful for enhancing their communication and quality of life.

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After OTC, Focus Should Be on Clinical Hearing Services, Says ‘JAMA’ Article

Given that the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act of 2017 is now law and a new FDA class of OTC hearing aids will be established by the end of 2020, “efforts should now focus on ensuring that older adults also have access to affordable hearing care services,” write Nicholas Reed, Frank Lin, and Amber Willink, PhD, in the September 13 “JAMA Network.”

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