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Cochlear implantation for single-sided deafness and asymmetric hearing loss

Continuing our sub-theme of cochlear implantation candidacy, Richard Irving and Raghu Kumar review the principles and benefits of cochlear implantation in individuals who have an asymmetric hearing loss. It is well known that cochlear implantation improves auditory capacity, and in...

A psychophysical perspective on single-sided deafness and its treatment by cochlear implants

Bob Carlyon gives us a psychophysical perspective on the hearing benefits that can and cannot be achieved for patients with single-sided deafness with a cochlear implant, and discusses some of the challenges in maximising the effectiveness of the treatment. He...

CI music: seeking perfection, accepting reality

Having just read about the challenges cochlear implant technology and music appreciation present, the musician Richard Reed beautifully illustrates the realities of this patient journey. An old friend of mine is an ardent music fan, and completely tone deaf. Long...

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...

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,...

Have you thought about becoming an Intercollegiate examiner?

The Intercollegiate Specialty Board in Otolaryngology is keen to recruit examiners for the intercollegiate exam.

Adult Audiologic Rehabilitation – Third Edition

This book builds a vivid picture of adult audiologic rehabilitation in the past, present and future. It considers a holistic view of hearing rehabilitation and introduces new research and ideas which I hope will shape hearing services of the future....

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....