Category: Evaluation

HIA Launches “Hear Well. Stay Vital.” Campaign to Promote Hearing Awareness

The Hearing Industries Association (HIA), in partnership with the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), and the International Hearing Society, has launched a public awareness campaign to promote better hearing called “Hear Well. Stay Vital.”

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Reps. Thompson and McKinley Reintroduce Congressional World Hearing Day Resolution

The resolution, H.Res. 147, highlights the critical role hearing ability plays in personal health, relationships, professional success, education, and safety. The resolution also discusses the important role of professional intervention and evaluation through licensed hearing care providers—hearing aid specialists, audiologists, and otolaryngologists, who can recommend and assist with rehabilitation options, which may include medical intervention or the use of assistive hearing technologies like hearing aids.

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Dichotic Listening in Elderly, Hearing-Impaired Persons: An Exercise in Pattern Recognition

It is well known that a patient’s audiometric configuration does not, and cannot, always describe the true impact of a hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is often accompanied by a decline in cognitive function and/or deficits in central auditory processing. This article by James Jerger, PhD, shows how the Dichotic Sentence Identification (DSI) Test can help differentiate between simple SNHL and those hearing losses involving cognitive decline or auditory processing disorder (APD) in older adults.

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Better Hearing is Better Living

This study supports the idea that modern hearing aid technology improves patients’ quality of life to a greater extent than shown in previous studies. While it is not possible to determine the degree of the direct relationship, it appears that own voice processing leads to talking more in important communication situations, and, in turn, helps lead to this improvement.

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FDA Announces Revamping of Product Approvals and 510(k) Program

The FDA has announced it will be modernizing its 510(k) clearance pathway, which accounts for the majority of devices that the Agency reviews, in what it characterizes as a “generational change.” Specifically, the Agency says it will concentrate on more recent predicates and technological advances in its future decision-making process, and ramp up its post-market surveillance of products.

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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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63rd International EUHA Congress to Take Place October 17-19, 2018 in Hannover

The main topic of the 2018 EUHA Congress is “digitalization,” and all presentations will be available in both German and English. In addition to the lecture program, more than 130 exhibitors will be showcasing their latest technologies and innovative products in the fields of diagnostics, accessories, and design at the accompanying trade exhibition.

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Better Speech-in-Noise Testing: Demonstration with Dual Variable Speed Compression

How do we assess the speech-in-noise performance of hearing aids in real-life settings to obtain clinically meaningful results? This article looks at several problems related to this issue, including what might constitute “real-life” SNRs and test environments, the variability of patient test scores at different SNRs, and the nonlinearity of modern hearing aids, using the new Widex dual-variable speed compression system as an example.

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