Children with Ear Deformity May Need Intervention to Improve School Performance

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Children born with a complete absence of the external ear canal, even if only one ear is affected, are more likely than their peers to struggle in school, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Hearing amplification and corrective surgery are available for the condition, called aural atresia. But many children with single ear … Read More

3M and Dangerous Decibels Host International Conference and Public Workshop on Hearing Loss and Prevention in Youth

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Weeklong series of events aim to raise awareness and educate professionals, families and youth about noise-induced hearing loss and the latest trends in prevention. ST. PAUL, Minn.- (BUSINESS WIRE)–Public health experts, school nurses, teachers, students, audiologists, industrial hygienists and media from around the world will convene in St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 15-18 for the Innovations in Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and … Read More

Hearing Health Organizations Issue Warning to WA Consumers

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Joint Statement on the Importance of Seeking Profession Help for Hearing Problems. The Washington State Academy of Audiology (WSAA), Washington Speech-Language Hearing Association (WSLHA), Washington Hearing Society (WHS) and the Northwest Academy of Otolaryngology (NWAO) have joined forces to help inform Washington consumers on the importance of seeking professional hearing care. Growing concern over the unlicensed sale of hearing aids … Read More

EEOC Examines Rights, Challenges of People with Disabilities on Rehab Act Anniversary

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) observed the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act yesterday, a breakthrough federal law for people with disabilities by hearing a variety of experts – including U.S. Senator Tom Harkin – discuss the state of rights and protections for disabled Americans. In three panels entitled “Past,” “Present” and “Future,” witnesses recalled … Read More

With 20,000 Zebrafish, Texas A&M Researcher Tackles Deafness

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COLLEGE STATION — A cure for human deafness just might be swimming alongside the thousands of zebrafish in muggy rooms across the hall from Texas A&M University biologist Bruce Riley’s office, and a recent renewal of a federal grant totaling $1.5 million over five years will move him closer to that goal. Riley studies the inner-ear development of the striped … Read More

Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation R&D Service Awards Funding for Research on Ida Motivational Tools

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NAERUM, DK September 23 — The Rehabilitation R&D Service of the Veterans Administration has awarded funding for a pilot study that will explore whether the Ida Motivation Tools and motivational interviewing techniques can help patients make the behavioral changes necessary to ensure positive hearing aid use. Samantha Lewis, PhD, staff investigator at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center … Read More

Phonak Audeo Q with Integrated Tinnitus Option

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A hearing solution that opens the soundscape of life to people with hearing loss. Warrenville, IL (September XX, 2013) – Optimum hearing and understanding in any situation best describes the quality of hearing that most wearers expect from a hearing device. With Phonak Audéo Q, wearers can enjoy conversations in crowded restaurants or during a walk outside on a windy … Read More

Stephen Epstein, MD: Honoring his Service, Celebrating his Passion

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During the AG Bell board of directors meeting in Washington, D.C., in July, a resolution was passed to honor Stephen Epstein, M.D., for his professional leadership to the field in varied capacities. As an ENT physician, Epstein provided a high level of treatment and compassion for the thousands of children and adults he cared for. He recently retired from his … Read More

Hearing Aids and the Affordable Care Act

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in March 2010 by President Barack Obama. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the law’s goal is to make health insurance available and affordable to people and small groups, such as employees of small businesses and organizations, who are uninsured. While some provisions … Read More

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