04 September, 2019
Collaboration with Google on hearing aid specification now officially brings direct streaming of music, phone calls and other sound to people with hearing loss. For the first time, people can stream sound from their compatible Android devices to their hearing devices using Bluetooth Low Energy.
Read all the details in the article below:
Aug 2019 WRAL.com
People with one-sided hearing loss now have the opportunity to hear out of both ears. Four years ago, Benson veterinarian Dr. Emily Byers experienced pain that felt like a migraine headache. There was no definite diagnosis, but it was followed by total hearing loss in her right ear. "People think that, "Oh, if you've got one ear, you're still OK. But you're not," said Byers. According to Byers, the experience affected her quality of life. "When you go out shopping or to the movies or a to restaurant with friends, it's hard to find where sounds are coming from," she said. "If I couldn't see lips, I couldn't hear. I was essentially deaf, even though I had one working ear."
Cochlear implants are now common for people with poor or no hearing in both ears. Previously, the implants had not been recommended for people like Byers with unilateral hearing loss. Cochlear implants only mimic sound, said UNC audiologist Dr. Meg Dillon. "Patients describe it as robotic sound," said Dillon, who wonders if an implant would provide a real benefit when paired with normal hearing. "Are they going to like it? Are they even going to want to hear the cochlear implant consistently?”
Aug 2019 Express.co.uk
Don’t shout it just yet, but massive strides are being made in the battle against hearing loss. Patients from tiny babies to the elderly are reaping the rewards of the pioneering work being done by Professor Kevin Munro and his team at Manchester University’s biomedical research centre. And as the unit celebrates its centenary this year, Professor Munro has given a rare interview on the life-changing breakthroughs bringing hope to thousands. He has high hopes of groundbreaking research on the so-called wonder material graphene, which he hopes will enable the next generation of cyborg-style hearing aids. Extracted from graphite, the substance forms a two-dimensional crystal just an atom thick, but is six times stronger than steel and even better at conducting electricity than copper, which makes it the perfect material to enclose miniature microphones for surgeons to insert inside the eardrum.
July 2019 earth.com news
The two most common types of hearing loss are caused by ageing and exposure to excessive noise. In both cases, the hairs or nerve cells in the cochlea that are responsible for sending sound signals to the brain are progressively affected. When the hairs or nerve cells become damaged or missing, the electrical brain signals are not transmitted effectively and sounds are not processed as well. At this point, it may be difficult to recognise words in the presence of background noise and higher pitched tones often become muffled.
Despite similarities in the effects of age- and noise-related hearing loss, however, a new study from theSociety for Neuroscience has found that these two conditions impact sound processing in the brain on different timescales. The research suggests that each type of hearing loss should have its own unique treatment.
A research team led by Michael Heinz and Kenneth Henry set out to observe how the auditory nerve encodes sounds. The experts used a chinchilla model of age-related hearing loss, which is the traditional animal model for most types of research related to the ear. This is due to the fact that chinchillas have inner ear anatomy that is very similar to humans. Next, the researchers compared their results to data from a chinchilla model of noise-induced hearing damage. They found that the same level of sound sensitivity loss caused more severe processing changes in the auditory nerve of chinchillas with noise-induced hearing loss compared to those with age-related hearing loss.
The study revealed that mild noise-induced hearing loss caused the same amount of processing impairment as moderate to severe age-related hearing loss. The findings emphasise the need for hearing-safety awareness, as well as for more customised treatments of hearing loss.
Here at last is our 2018 revision of the "Hearing Loss and Hearing Solutions - A Guide" that we have published in PDF format for the enjoyment of users. Our original version was reviewed very favourably and attracted a lot of viewers.
You can view/download it from this link: Hearing Loss and Hearing Resources - A Guide (91 pages, 2.4 MB size).
Here are some of the professional comments about our new 2018 version.
Overall Reactions to Second Edition:
Monica Bray (Cochlear): I’ve just discovered the wonderful Hearing Guide. It's an awesome resource.
Jade Parr (Advanced Bionics): What a great resource.
Roberta Marino (Fiona Stanley Hospital) with permission:
I really enjoyed reading the guide! It's brilliant. So comprehensive, easy to read and relatable. I'm really impressed with the level of detail and can only imagine the hours you've spent researching new updates. The guide will positively impact so many people including professionals. I can see it being so useful for instance, at our hospital when new medicos have a rotation in the Ear, Nose and Throat Department or when we have new Audiology students in our Department who are new to implant devices. Again - well done! It's fantastic there's people like you who are so pro-active and care enough to put in the hundreds of hours required to develop such a useful and thorough guide.
Overall Reactions to First Edition:
Margaret Anderson: It's going to be a great resource for consumers and all sorts of people. Well done for tackling it!
Marie-Louise Hekel: Congratulations on this most thorough publication. You have done a splendid job. It would be a very valuable resource, not only for hearing impaired people, but professional audiologists in particular.
Roberta Marino: I think you’ve done a brilliant job. You really have a great understanding of how the different devices can be applied. If you don’t mind, when the product is finished, I’d like to pass it on to training ENT’s at the major teaching hospitals here in Perth and also the upcoming Audiology students.
Sarah McCullough (Advanced Bionics): Well done on all your hard work
Linda Ballam-Davies (Cochlear): It looks great and you've done a top job.