TOP ONLINE HEADLINES in January

  • Total Hearing Aid Sales Increase by 8% in 2006
  • Hearing Protection Drug Completes Phase I of Clinical Trials
  • Lasers to Light Up Auditory Nerve in New CI Hybrid Research
  • Breast Feeding Helps Overcome Predisposition to Ear Infections
  • Tinnitus Affects Love Life
  • Sonic Innovations Signs Support Agreement with Audigy
  • Siemens CEO Pedra Announces New Initiatives
  • Hear the World Magazine Launched by Phonak
  • UK Stem Cell Research Making Rapid Progress
  • Medicare Meltdown Averted: Therapy Cap Exemptions Extended
  • Hearing Gets Checked in Study of NHL Stanley Cup Noise
  • Genetic Otoferlin-linked Deafness: CAP and CI Implications
  • HearUSA Revenues Increase by 20.5% in Fourth Quarter

  • Most noise levels of power tools are reported for tools not engaged in a real-world task. Recent research found that noise levels from tools in the loaded condition—in contact with material, such as wood or metal—were 4.1 dBA higher, on average, than noise levels from the same tools unloaded. When I listen to my music in the car, I can hear the sounds deeper into the music, like cymbal beats and little tinklings that I missed before. I can hear my voice better when singing. Social gatherings are easy now.” —Duke Fakir of The Four Tops, the latest celebrity spokesperson for the Better Hearing Institute, on listening to music with his hearing aids.
  • In a study by Hodgetts & Lui, the average exposure levels for each Stanley Cup hockey game (lasting >3 hours each) were 104.1 dB, 100.7 dB, and 103.1 dB. The authors state: “In terms of projected noise dose, each person in the arena not wearing hearing protection received about 8100% of their daily allowable noise dose.”
  • An NIDCD-funded research project that uses light, instead of electrical impulses, to stimulate the auditory nerve is being pursued by researchers at Northwestern University. Although the work is still being conducted on laboratory animals, the goal is to develop a more precise implant that helps people with profound hearing loss to distinguish speech in noisy environments.
  • A Royal National Institute of the Deaf (RNID) study of 890 Britons with tinnitus showed that 41% believed that tinnitus had an adverse impact on their relationships; 27% reported decreased sex drive due to their tinnitus; 39% complained about a lack of understanding in their partners for their conditions; and 78% said that their relationships were affected by tinnitus-related stress.

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