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

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