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COVID-19 and the Hearing Care Professional: What We Know So Far

It is still too early in the pandemic to make definitive statements about the full impact of the COVID-19 virus on the auditory/vestibular and central auditory systems. Author Bob DiSogra, AuD, advises that hearing care professionals should revise their Case History forms and consider adding tests for auditory processing disorders and a cognitive screening in order to make the appropriate referral(s) for patients. Counseling will continue to be a major part of the patient’s experience with hearing care clinicians.

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Talking, Singing May Help Transmit COVID-19

A new study led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and conducted at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), revealed that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) particles can be aerosolised by an infected person during talking and singing. They also found that fine aerosols (less than 5 micrometres, or μm) generated from these two types of activities contain more viral particles than coarse aerosols (more than 5 μm).

Survey Shows Many Don’t Receive Tinnitus Treatment

New research from Irish medical device company, Neuromod Devices Ltd, has found that more than three quarters of people suffering from tinnitus in the United Kingdom have never received any treatment for their condition, according to an announcement on the company’s website. The poll also revealed that 67% of UK tinnitus sufferers don’t feel adequately informed about their condition.

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Dr Kasewurm’s Courage Summit Held in June

According to Dr Kasewurm, a total of 82 women in the hearing healthcare field from all parts of the country, including Alaska, “descended upon the little town in southwestern Michigan to hear 18 awesome female speakers discuss the most recent developments in business and in life,” while another 40+ women participated in the virtual program.

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BIHIMA Releases Q1 2021 Market Data for UK, Ireland

Hearing instrument unit sales are down for Q1 of 2021 compared to the previous quarter, which is “unsurprising due to the lockdown restrictions that ran throughout spring this year and increased COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations at the start of the year,” according to an announcement from the British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA).

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Sonova Releases 2021/21 Annual Report

Sonova says that “a sharp dip in activity in April 2020 was followed by a swift recovery, reflecting the market’s strong fundamentals, the successful launch of the Phonak Paradise platform, and Sonova’s strategic growth initiatives.” All three businesses returned to growth in the second half of the financial year, with sales up 6.6% in local currencies.

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ASHA Poll Results Show ‘Inaction’ On Hearing Loss

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) announced the release of new polling results that reveal a disconnect between the high value that Americans say they place on their hearing and their low willingness to be treated for any hearing loss. The findings are being made public in tandem with the launch of a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign—Act Now on Hearing—as the nation recognizes Better Hearing & Speech Month this May.

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