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Military Flights Cause Noise Pollution in Washington

In recent years, the US Navy switched to a more powerful aircraft and increased training flights from its nearby base on Whidbey Island, contributing to more noise pollution on the peninsula — and notably over what used to be the quietest place in the continental US.

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NEW WEBINAR: Depression, Hearing Loss, and Treatment with Hearing Aids

Victor Bray, PhD, reviews the research on depression and hearing loss, treatment effects, risk factors, and how you can screen for depression in this free webinar sponsored by Hamilton CapTel®. He also postulates a future in which hearing healthcare professionals will be called on to assist mental health specialists in the treatment of depressed individuals.

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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Asymptotic Hearing Loss: When Is a Metaphor Just a Metaphor?

Like all healthcare fields where the clinician needs to explain complex concepts to the lay public, metaphors are used. In the optical field, “nearsighted” and “farsighted” are actually good metaphors despite their simplicity and academic inaccuracy. In the field of audiology, we have the description of the audiogram with the piano keyboard across the top; a good explanation, but limited in that it’s only the right hand side of the keyboard and musical notes are not pure-tones.

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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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'CNBC' Reports Apple in Talks with Private Medicare Plans to Subsidize Cost of Apple Watch

According to the report, the newest version of the Apple Watch—which retails for $399—includes features like fall detection and an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor which can help detect irregular heart rhythm. Insurers are looking to subsidize the cost—which may be unaffordable for some senior Medicare patients—as a preventative strategy to detect potentially expensive health problems before they worsen.

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Evidence that Hearing Aids Could Slow Cognitive Decline in Later Life

A recent study from the SENSE-Cog Project found a reduction in rate of cognitive decline following hearing aid use, suggesting that effective identification and treatment of age-related hearing impairment may have a significant impact on age-associated cognitive trajectories and possibly reduce the incidence of dementia. Researcher Piers Dawes and colleagues explain why this study is uniquely important to hearing healthcare.

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