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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.

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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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ADHEAR Adhesive Adapter System for Conductive Hearing Loss Cleared by FDA

The FDA has cleared the MED-EL ADHEAR, an innovative non-surgical bone conduction solution for conductive hearing loss. Described as the “next generation of non-surgical bone conduction hearing technology,” it consists of a patented adhesive adapter that is placed onto the skin behind the ear and is worn for 3 to 7 days at a time. The lightweight audio processor is simply clicked on and off the adapter each day.

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Interacoustics Releases Lyra Device in US

Interacoustics announced the recent introduction of a new device for measuring otoacoustic emissions (OAE). Lyra is “a PC-based and dedicated product for clinical OAE that provides fast and reliable DPOAE and TEOAE measurements, reducing test times to the benefit of clinicians and patients alike,” according to the company's announcement.