World's Largest Student Science and Technology Competition Announces its 20th Anniversary National Winners

A team of 4-6th grade students from Fairmont Private School in Anaheim,
CA, won First Place for an idea that could benefit people suffering
from hearing loss caused by nerve damage, appropriately called Hearing
the World’s Silent Side. The treatment would attach microscopic
nanofibers to the auditory nerve, allowing sound to reach the brain by
passing over the nerve rather than through the damaged portion.


Researchers say a cure for hearing loss is on the horizon

Researchers from Stanford University say they are on the cusp of a cure
for hearing loss. They are in Phoenix to give presentations on their
work and stopped by the 3TV’s studio Thursday to talk about their

Dr. Robert Jackler,
otolaryngologist and professor at Stanford University, is the department
chairman of the university’s Initiative to Cure Hearing Loss. The
Stanford team is exploring several different avenues for curing hearing
loss, including stem cell therapy, molecular therapy, and neural


May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is just around the corner and since 1927, the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has dedicated the month of
May to raise public awareness about communication disorders related to
hearing and speech/language issues. So let’s spread more public awareness during the month! ASHA encourages us to have any evidence of problems pertaining to these areas checked out and treated if needed.


Oticon Foundation and Ida Institute Issue Worldwide Call for Ideas to Increase Public Awareness and Action for Hearing Loss

It is widely accepted that there is a critical need to increase public
awareness and understanding of hearing loss. The Oticon Foundation and the non-profit Ida Institute have launched: Ideas,
Speak up – Action and Awareness for Hearing Loss, a worldwide open
call for ideas that have the potential to generate better understanding
of hearing loss, change public perception and encourage people to take
action. Individuals and groups are invited to submit their original
ideas online for awareness projects that have the potential to affect
change locally and globally, are simple and cost-effective and inspire
people to action.

The call for ideas runs through September 2012. During this time, ideas
will be shared online at
and commenting and voting will take place.


Like the video and help the University of Western Ontario get a grant to work with people in South Africa to improve EHDI programs.

The University of Western Ontario is applying for a grant from Canada’s
Grand Challenges to  work with people in South Africa to improve Early
Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs. In addition to a
written application, they were required to create
a two minute video about their bold idea. Part of the selection process
is determined by how many people “like” the video.

Please view the video using the link below and decide whether you “like”
it.  You will have to login to the Grand Challenges website to vote and
you can only vote once.  Instructions for voting:

on the link

2.     Click on ‘Login’ and then ‘Create a New Account’
3.     Fill out the registration form and register your account
4.     Play the video
5.     “Like” the video


TI Guide to Security Video Clips Recently Posted

Two video clips were recently posted to that discuss the essential elements of the HIPAA security law and strategies for strengthening security, these videos are highlighted as follows and you can follow the link to view them for full details. Both presentations were made to the NCHAM tele-intervention learning community in December, 2011.

(1) Dr. Valerie Watzlaf from the Department of Health Information Management
in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at University of
Pittsburgh discusses the essential elements of the HIPAA Security Law.
She describes practical considerations for those engaged in

(2) Daniel Ladner, Senior Technology Systems Analyst at the National Center
for Hearing Assessment and Management delineates the strategies used to
strengthen security for Sound Beginnings’ tele-intervention project.


GMCH 32 docs restore hearing of child

Bringing a ray of hope for those children who are born deaf, the
department of ENT at Government Medical College & Hospital, Sector
32 has recently performed a state of the art cochlear implant surgery on
a three-year-old deaf child. Using the high-tech and safe 20 Channel
Digisonic Cochlear Implant System, the surgery was performed on the
International Ear and Hearing Care Day. After recovery, the implant
was switched-on and has responded very well.
The child is now getting speech therapy and help for cognitive development.


Miracle Ear to Host Coloring Contest for Children

The Miracle-Ear Franchise of Southeast Missouri will be hosting a
coloring contest for school children under the age of 10 to kick off their
campaign for Better Hearing Month in May. The coloring contest will
educate school children on how to practice healthy hearing in a fun
and rewarding way.
Miracle-Ear works hand in hand with the Miracle-Ear Children’s
Foundation to provide no-cost hearing aids and hearing support services
to children whose families have incomes that are significantly limited
and who are unable to afford the high costs of hearing instruments.
Miracle-Ear’s aim is to promote better hearing for children and make
hearing health a childhood priority.


Is your child taking too long to respond?

A few days ago, a two-half-year old girl walked into a clinic with
her parents. She was smiling and playful. Her parents were worried after
she displayed signs of delayed hearing. An oral examination
revealed that she had congenital bilateral deafness. This invisible
condition was the cause of her delayed speech. Thirty out of every 1000
children have mild to severe hearing impairment (30-70 dB loss) that
affects growth and progress of life in infants. One child out of every
1000 suffers from profound deafness. Read more to learn about the causes and effects of hearing impairment.


Universal hearing tests for newborns slowly inching forward

Montreal-For several years Dr. Hema Patel and a coalition of medical experts have
lobbied for universal screening of all newborns for hearing impairment and their efforts are starting to pay off with a government promise to test the hearing of all newborn children finally inching forward after years of planning. The procedure, which is standard in many other Canadian provinces, would help
medical authorities equip hearing-impaired newborns with hearing aids
immediately upon detection of their condition. Detection is considered urgent because every day that a young child
suffers a lack of auditory stimulus puts a roadblock to that child’s