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BAAP Annual Conference 2019

Report by: Dr John Chan ST7 and Dr V Osei-Lah Consultant Audiovestibular Physician The Annual Conference and Scientific meeting of the British Association of Audiovestibular Physicians (BAAP) took place at The Cheadle House in Manchester. Delegates were treated to high-quality...

Hearing Health Showcase

Report by: Melanie Lough (Research Audiologist, University of Manchester) The Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Hearing Health Showcase was somewhat of a joint celebration, with 2019 marking the 100-year anniversary of audiology and deaf education. The day began with introductions...

RogerVoice

For the deaf and hard-of-hearing, communication over the telephone can range anywhere from challenging to downright impossible. While many people who are hearing impaired are able to converse over the phone with the help of hearing aids, those who cannot...

ENT UK and BSA (British Society of Audiology) Inaugural Global Health Meeting

Report by Cheka R Spencer MSc, FRCS (ORL-HNS), AFHEA, ENT ST8 (West Midlands Deanery), Walsall Manor Hospital, UK It was a glorious day on 11 May 2018 when ENT surgeons, audiologists, teachers of the deaf and more congregated at Resource...

In conversation with Lucy Carter

Sound Seekers is a UK based charity, seeking to help deaf people, particularly children, in the poorest communities in the world. The aim is to work in partnership with local organisations and institutions to ensure we deliver sustainable and cost-effective...

The ear-brain connection in cochlear implant users: learning to listen again

While the cochlear implant (CI) has been a tremendous success in restoring hearing to deaf individuals, the implantation outcome still varies across CI users [1]. Some demographic factors, such as duration of deafness, and peripheral factors, such as electrode placement,...

BAHAs in single-sided deafness doesn’t improve sound localisation

This systematic review from South Korea nicely summarises what we know about SSD (single-sided deafness) and hearing rehabilitation with BAHAs (Bone Anchored Hearing Aids). SSD was defined as a PTA greater than 90 dB and a normal hearing opposite ear...

Predicting speech recognition in adults with cochlear implants

This was a combined prospective and retrospective study from Belgium that looked at factors influencing speech recognition scores in quiet conditions (retrospectively) and speech reception threshold levels (SRT) in fixed noise conditions (prospectively) after cochlear implantation in postlingually deaf adults....

Comparison of linguistic profiles in three groups of children with hearing loss and specific language impairment

Spoken language deficits in children with hearing loss early in life are attributed to auditory speech perception limitations. It is assumed that hearing following cochlear implants (CIs) will improve these language deficits. However, the studies have shown that although cochlear...

The evidence for various treatments of autoimmune ear disease

The difficulty with this disease entity is that it is a heterogeneous group of conditions affecting the ear and a widely accepted diagnostic criteria does not exist. It is therefore difficult to conduct a well controlled trial and this systematic...

Is auditory frequency discrimination related to speech recognition in implantees?

Why do two identical implantees perform differently? This fundamental question has not yet been answered despite the extensive research in the field. The authors attempted to clarify the issue, or at least approach it, assessing the association between deficits in...

Cochlear implants and speech perception

Cochlear implants can be an effective treatment for specific hearing losses. They may often be the only way to restore hearing for profoundly deaf people. Therefore, it is very important to understand all processes that may influence effective fitting of...