American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Launches Campaign to Highlight Importance of Early Detection of Communication Disor

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Survey of Communication Experts Finds Public Unaware of Key Warning Signs. (Rockville, MD – September 18, 2013) – The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has launched a nationwide multimedia campaign—Identify the Signs—to raise awareness of the early warning signs of speech, language, and hearing issues. The campaign stems from ASHA’s new findings that identify lack of awareness of these signs as … Read More

Study Examines Effects of Aural Atresia on Speech Development, Learning

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Daniel R. Jensen, M.D., of the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and colleagues examined the effects of aural atresia (AA, a congenital absence or stenosis of the external auditory canal with middle ear anomalies and almost always accompanied by a malformed or absent external ear) on speech development and learning. In the researchers’ review of patient records, 74 … Read More

First Sergeant Matthew P. Eversmann, US Army (retired) Named National Spokesperson for “Fit to Serve” Campaign

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Sgt. Eversmann, whose service was featured in “Black Hawk Down,” to raise awareness of the pressing need for improved hearing healthcare for America’s Veterans. WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 19, 2013 –The International Hearing Society (IHS) today announced that First Sergeant Matthew P. Eversmann, US Army (retired), has been named National Spokesperson for “Fit to Serve” (http://www.fittoserve.us/), IHS’ grassroots campaign to … Read More

Hearing Loss Clue Uncovered

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A novel genetic mutation was first identified in 2010 as causing hearing loss in humans. Researchers have now discovered that this mutation induces malfunction of an inhibitor of an enzyme commonly found in our body that destroys proteins. Published today in the American Journal of Pathology, this inhibitor is known scientifically as SERPINB6. Dr Justin Tan of the University of … Read More

UC Research Examines How Technology Can Break Down Barriers for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

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A small, pilot study is examining how mobile technology might support deaf and hard-of-hearing college students when an interpreter can’t physically be present at the time the services are requested. The University of Cincinnati research was presented on June 19, at the Critical Link 7 International Conference in Toronto. The conference was themed, “Global Awakening: Leading Practices in Interpreting.” The … Read More

HLAA Awards Program

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Nominations Due October 31, 2013. HLAA currently is seeking nominations for the coming year. Please select Word version or PDF version to download the description of each award and its qualifications. Please add appropriate detail to the nomination and include a completed cover sheet (included in the packet) for each nomination. Nominations that include information closely matching the award criteria … Read More

Siemens Hearing Instruments UK Welcomes Call for Increased Innovation in Procurement

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Siemens Hearing Instruments welcomes the call for the NHS to be responsive to innovative ideas and solutions from the healthcare industry as contained within the Department of Health’s ‘Better Procurement, Better Value, Better Care’ report. Additionally, Siemens believes there should be a greater focus on solutions offering long-term value for the NHS and enhanced opportunities for suppliers to demonstrate innovative … Read More