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PSAPs, OTC and Self-fitting Hearing Aids, ACHIEVE, and More: An Interview with Nicholas Reed, PhD

Nicholas Reed, PhD, and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins have been involved in some extremely exciting research on personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) and over-the-counter (OTC) devices, as well as cognition and hearing loss. Douglas Beck, AuD, interviews Dr Reed about these topics, as well as the group’s recent work on the ACHIEVE study.

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An Interview with Michael Valente, PhD: Considerations after 45 Years in Audiology

On July 31st, Michael Valente will retire after 45 years in audiology and 34 years at Washington University. In this article, Douglas Beck conducts an “exit interview” with one of our most distinguished clinician-researchers about his journey in the profession, the Best Practices documents which he spearheaded, OTC devices, and the future of hearing healthcare.

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How Might the Brain Change When We Reintroduce Sound? Interview with Anu Sharma, PhD

New research shows that after wearing professionally fit quality hearing aids, a patient’s brain may “re-organize” its auditory processing centers back towards its original state prior to the hearing loss—with corresponding gains in auditory speech perception abilities and improvements in global cognitive function, executive function, processing speed, and visual working memory performance. Anu Sharma discusses the research findings with Douglas Beck.

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Does Tinnitus Get Worse as Hearing Loss Increases in Severity?

“Our results suggest that tinnitus will likely get louder, but not by very much,” write Hashir Aazh, PhD, and Richard Salvi, PhD, in their recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology which shows only a weak association between tinnitus loudness and puretone average (PTA) thresholds.

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Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring: An Interview with Paul R. Kileny, PhD

Paul R. Kileny, PhD, professor of Otolaryngology and director of Audiology and Electrophysiology at the University of Michigan, talks with Douglas Beck, AuD, about the area of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring, shares some “war stories” from the operating room, and provides information about his new book, “The Audiologist’s Handbook of Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring.”

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Dementia Screening: A Role for Audiologists

While administering a screening test for dementia is relatively simple, the process and results may trigger significant emotions and anxiety within the patient. The patient may feel confused, vulnerable, and scared. This article addresses these issues, and how to manage and minimize negative thoughts and feelings associated with dementia screenings. Further, this article by audiologists Douglas Beck, Barbara Weinstein, and clinical psychologist Michael Harvey offers how to use dementia screening processes and outcomes to do what is truly in the best interest of the patient—not just with regard to hearing and listening, but globally, too.

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Embracing Limitations: A Sensational TED Talk and an Interview with Justin Osmond

Once in a while, something comes along so interesting that it qualifies as a “Eureka moment” without even being directly related to hard science or clinical topics. One such instance is the recent TED Talk by Justin Osmond titled “Embracing Our Limitations.” Watch the TED Talk and get the inside scoop on its creation from Osmond in this interview by Douglas Beck, AuD.

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OTC, Hearing Aids, and Cost as a Barrier to Purchase: An Interview with Amyn M. Amlani, PhD

The argument that a new FDA class of OTC hearing aids will dramatically expand the hearing healthcare market by making hearing aids more affordable is often taken as a “given.” However, research into what economists call “price elasticity”—or how much growth occurs in terms of market penetration when the cost of a product is reduced/increased—tend to suggest otherwise when it comes to hearing aids.

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