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A ‘smarter’ personal amplification device

The hearing aids available on the market today are undeniably impressive, particularly when compared to their clunky and squeaky predecessors. At a most basic level, hearing aids sample the surrounding auditory signal in real-time, breaking sounds down into frequency-specific channels....

Audiology in this issue...Amplification 2019

Gareth Smith, MSc, AuD, Consultant Clinical Scientist (Audiology), Southend University Hospital, UK. E: Gareth.Smith@southend.nhs.uk In previous areas of the Audiology Features Section, this theme would have been called ‘Hearing Aids’. With the increased interest in ‘over-the-counter’ or ‘direct-to-consumer’ devices, we...

Can amplification preserve auditory function?

Hearing loss is a noted modifiable risk factor for dementia, and is also associated with depression, decreased quality of life and isolation. Hearing aids are the main intervention for presbycusis and a 2017 Cochrane Review showed that they have a...

Pediatric Amplification: Enhancing Auditory Access

The authors of Pediatric Amplification: Enhancing Auditory Access set out to provide a comprehensive resource for professionals who serve children who are hard of hearing and their families and caregivers, and they have delivered it. The book is easy to...

Sandlin’s Textbook of Hearing Aid Amplification: Technical and Clinical Considerations – Third Edition

This textbook is intended for graduate clinicians and scientists in audiology. It covers a broad range of topics over 20 chapters written by clinical and technical experts, most of whom are based in the US and Denmark, and the book...

How to tell if a bone anchored hearing device is working?

Bone anchored hearing aids are becoming increasingly more commonplace with more than 120,000 users worldwide. These devices are based on the principle of direct bone conduction, where sound is transmitted directly through the skull via a titanium implant to the...

Pedicle calcification – an uncommon problem

This paper from Germany describes an uncommon phenomenon of pedicle calcification in three cases. In patients from two centres that had fibula free flap reconstruction from January 2010 to January 2016, 68 cases had pedicle calcification and three cases were...

Self-Assessment of Hearing - Second Edition

As an audiologist, I am often reminded of the estimated number of hearing aids that end up in patients’ drawers, rather than in their ears. Although the reasons for non-compliance with amplification are numerous and complicated, the patients’ reported perspective...

Does post-meningitic cochlear obliteration affect impedance and charge of the implant?

Implantation in children deafened by meningitis may be very challenging due to obliteration or ossification of the cochlea. This study aimed to assess impedance values and charge consumption in such cases and evaluate if they are affected by the degree...

Audiological approach to treatment of blast-induced tinnitus

Hearing loss and tinnitus resulting from blast waves in the war zone is becoming more common in our clinics. Hamid Jalilvand based in Tehran, shares his experience in audiological rehabilitation and research findings on patients in his clinics with a...