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Children with Hearing Loss: Developing Listening and Talking, Birth to Six - Third Edition

I was very excited to read this book as I have seen some of Carol Flexer’s presentations on the auditory brain and the concepts have fitted well into my paediatric rehabilitation clinics, especially in relating the complexities of hearing loss...

One push of a button… and the acoustics in your listening room change to exactly what you want to hear

The acoustics of a room directly affect how well speech and other sound is heard and understood.

Supporting music listening through cochlear implant services – experience from a UK adult clinic on supporting musical engagement

The perception and enjoyment of music is central to many people’s lives. Harriet Crook (herself a cochlear implant recipient) tells us about important work in this area for people using hearing aids and CIs. There is now a wealth of...

Secrets of the listening brain: what measuring the brain can tell us about hearing aid use and more

In a typical audiology clinic, on any given day, a person is waiting to see an audiologist to get a hearing aid (HA). It might have taken over 10 years to get to this point of considering a hearing aid(s)...

Hidden hearing loss in humans: cochlear synaptopathy is superseded by cognitive effects when listening to speech in noise

Elizabeth Beach presents an overview of the recent research being undertaken at the National Acoustic Laboratories on speech in noise and its relationship to cochlear synaptopathy. Our team at the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) has been investigating hidden hearing loss...

Listening and Spoken Language Therapy for Children with Hearing Loss

I’d like to start this review with a disclaimer – I don’t deliver speech and language therapy but am interested in how speech, language and communication are developing in the children we see with hearing loss within audiology. I found...

Safe listening in gaming and e-sports

As part of an initiative to make listening safe, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is conducting a survey to understand the listening habits of video-gamers and esports’ athletes.

Tinnitus and music

Marc Fagelson discusses how not just hearing loss, but tinnitus and hyperacusis and impairments to an individual’s ability to process music can adversely affect one’s quality of life, as well as their overall interactions from a societal and personal perspective....

Directional microphones and speech

This study aimed to research how speech recognition, listening effort and localisation depends on hearing aids’ microphone configuration in people with moderate to severe hearing losses. Eighteen participants with sensorineural, symmetrical, moderate to severe hearing loss were tested. Participants were...

Cognitive spare capacity: what is it and why does it matter?

Cognition refers to thinking and memory. So why would cognition be a useful concept for ENTs and audiologists? Audition provides our main channel of communication and when we speak to each other, we want to exchange thoughts and remember what...