Hearing Aids and Cellphone Applications

HEARING AIDS AND CELLPHONE APPLICATIONS Written by: Kimberly Ledda, 4th Year Audiology Extern Current hearing aid technology has advanced to connect directly with cellphones to provide a variety of functions. One of these functions includes directly streaming audio sources from cellphones to hearing aids without the use of an intermediary device (i.e. streamer). Additionally, hearing aid technology has progressed to …

NOISE-INDUCED HEARING LOSS

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDOCD), 10 million Americans suffer from hearing damage from noise, and 30 to 50 million Americans are exposed to dangerous noise levels every day. One in four adults (aged 20 to 69) has noise-induced hearing …

Central Auditory Processing Disorder

CENTRAL AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER Written by Allison Evans, 4th Year Audiology Fellow Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is a hearing disorder that impacts the brain’s ability to process sounds (Chermak, 2013). CAPD manifests itself in different ways that may be similar to other conditions such as language impairment, attention deficit disorders, or hearing loss. Therefore, comprehensive assessment for CAPD is …

Hearing Loss, Cancer Treatments and Ototoxicity

Hearing Loss and Cancer Treatments and Ototoxicity Certain medications can cause damage to the ear which could result in hearing loss, balance disorders or ringing in the ear. These medications are considered ototoxic (Cone, Dorn, Konrad-Martin, Lister, Ortiz and Schairer, 2016). There are now more than 200 known ototoxic drugs. These medicines are used to treat heart disease, serious infections …

Bone-Anchored Devices for Conductive and Mixed Losses

Bone-Anchored Devices for Conductive and Mixed Losses A bone anchored implant combines the concepts of osseointegration and bone conduction hearing. Osseointegration is a structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of an implant. This involves the anchoring of a surgical implant (as in a bone-anchored implant) by the growth of bone around it. A bone-anchored device is …

Hearing Loss and Diabetes

Hearing Loss and Diabetes The global prevalence of diabetes in the U.S. is estimated to be 9% among adults, and according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), diabetes will affect nearly one third of the world’s population by the year 2050 (CDC, 2014). It is reported the prevalence is rising and predictions also suggest that by the year 2025, …

Hearing Loss Triples Risk of Falling

Hearing Loss Triples Risk of Falling Researchers report, those with mild hearing loss (25 decibels) are three times more likely to have a history of falling as compared with those with normal hearing, and for every additional 10 decibels of hearing loss, the likelihood of falling increases by 1.4 (Lin and Ferrucci, 2012). The study was completed at the John …

Single-Sided Deafness

Single-sided deafness (SSD) is defined as a condition when one has non-functional hearing in one ear that does not receive benefit from traditional amplification and normal or near normal hearing in the other ear. While the precise incidence of SSD is unknown, the prevalence is estimated at 3-6% of the population (Baguley et al., 2006). Those with SSD experience problems …

COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

This next blog was written by our Cochlear Implant audiologist, James Griffitts, Au.D. and 4th Year Doctoral student, Meghan Williams. COCHLEAR IMPLANTS Have you ever been in a situation where it is quiet, you are wearing your hearing aids, and you just cannot understand what your wife, child, or significant other is saying? Has your audiologist told you that your …