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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.

Addressing the Needs of Pediatric Patients and Their Parents: An Interview with Jane Madell, PhD

Jane Madell, PhD, has been a leading figure in pediatric audiology for the past 45 years. She is an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, and LSLS auditory-verbal therapist, with degrees from Emerson College (BA) and University of Wisconsin (MA, PhD). Her experience ranges from Deaf Nursery programs to leadership positions at the League for the Hard of Hearing, Long Island College Hospital, as well as Beth Israel Medical Center/New York Eye and Ear Infirmary as director of the Hearing and Learning Center and Cochlear Implant Center.

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Addressing the Needs of Pediatric Patients and Their Parents: An Interview with Jane Madell, PhD

Jane Madell, PhD, has been a leading figure in pediatric audiology for the past 45 years. She is an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, and LSLS auditory-verbal therapist, with degrees from Emerson College (BA) and University of Wisconsin (MA, PhD). Her experience ranges from Deaf Nursery programs to leadership positions at the League for the Hard of Hearing, Long Island College Hospital, as well as Beth Israel Medical Center/New York Eye and Ear Infirmary as director of the Hearing and Learning Center and Cochlear Implant Center.

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Predicting the Intent of a Hearing Aid Wearer

The number-one desire of people with hearing loss is not to make sound louder; it’s to hear well in noise. Improving the signal-to-noise ratio in hearing aids has evolved rapidly in the last several years. The evolution now continues with new viable and pragmatic combinations of hearing aids, Internet, smartphones, multiple wireless protocols, GPS, and more, opening up entirely new avenues for truly personalized hearing care.

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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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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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NAL, CAEPs, OTC Hearing Aids, and More: An Interview with Brent Edwards, PhD

Brent Edwards, PhD, who has recently been appointed director of the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) research center in Sydney, Australia, is interviewed by Douglas Beck, AuD, in this edition of “HR’s“ Inside the Research. Topics include research at NAL, the NAL’s cortical auditory evoked potential (CAEP) system known as HEARLab, over-the-counter hearing aids, and more.

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Effects of Amplification on Cortical Electrophysiological Function

There has been great interest in using speech-evoked cortical auditory evoked potentials (CAEP) as an objective hearing aid validation measure, because CAEPs allow us to assess the audibility of speech sounds at the highest (cortical) levels. Here is a review by Sridhar Krishnamurti and Larry Wise, as well as results from a study they conducted that suggests there is clinical value of CAEPs for assessing cortical changes from amplification, as well as using this data in audiology services to demonstrate patient benefit.

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Clinical Speech Audiometry in the Age of the AERP

True listening involves more than just repeating words. Might there be useful ways to think about quantifying listening effort by taking advantage of a considerable body of research on the auditory event-related potential (AERP)? In this article, Dr James Jerger explores two different ways to think about clinical speech audiometry relative to assessing total listening effort: 1) Altering the task from repetition to decision, and 2) Evaluating the response evoked by the decision via an AERP paradigm.

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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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