Working Towards Better Hearing Aid Solutions

Twenty per cent of hearing aid users in Norway use the equipment for only an hour each day. The reason is often poor fitting and inadequate support. A pilot study financed by the Research Council of Norway was carried out to explore how to improve the need for more two-way cooperation between the user and the audiographer, with better communication providing the user with a deeper understanding of his or her situation and available options.

Find out more about the results of this study and learn about a new model being developed to puts the hearing aid user in more of a position to understand options and solutions that suit their everyday environments.


New Way to Prevent Recurrent Ear Infections?

Eliminating bacteria’s DNA and boosting antimicrobial proteins that already exist may help prevent middle ear infections from reoccurring. These are the findings from a new study that examined how an immune defense protein common in the middle ear interacts with a structure meant to protect a colony of bacteria. 


UHS using new technology to improve newborn care

Nearly half of all U.S. infants are in need of specialty health care but may not receive that care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. University Health System (UHS) is unveiling new technology to speed-up birth no

tifications and improve follow-up care for babies born at University hospital. 

With this new technology, Texas health officials will automatically receive secured demographic information, as well as results from a newborn’s hearing screening test, collected via UHS’ electronic medical record system. UHS officials say their new system will ensure that newborn infants, including those with hearing-related problems, receive timely and appropriate follow-up care.


Disability 101 Website: A Resource to Understanding Programs and Benefits for those with Disabilities

With information for Arizona, California, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and New Jersey, the Disability 101 site provides tools and resources for people with disabilities to take control and understand the programs and benefits available to

 them. Follow this link to access the website and learn more about the tools and information for these states!

Disability Benefits 101 is a joint project of the World Institute on Disability, Employment and Disability Benefits Initiative (EDBI), Disability Eightfold Way Consultants, Web Technology, and ECONorthwest, Calculator Engineers.


Shop owner invites staff to experience hearing problems for a day

Ken Wood wanted his employees to better understand the struggles and frustration people with a hearing loss encounter every day. So about three years ago, at a staff training, Wood outfitted them with custom earplugs and silenced their world. Wood, born with a hearing defect, believes people can sympathize with a physical handicap because they see the person in a wheelchair or the blind person walking down the street with cane. “But it’s hard to understand somebody with hearing loss,” said Wood, who’s owned UpState Hearing in Redding since 1990. The company provides hearing aids and other instruments to assist the hearing-impaired.


The Hunt for an Affordable Hearing Aid

Last year, when her decade-old analog hearing aid started making popping sounds, Tricia Romano knew she had to replace it. But because hearing aids are so costly and generally aren’t covered by insurance, she put it off. She would soon learn that in the last 10 years, purchasing a hearing aid had become even more difficult and confusing than buying a new car — and almost as expensive.

Tricia has worn hearing aids for more than 30 years; she’s had profound hearing loss in her right ear and moderate loss in the left ear, the one where she has worn the aid, since 5 years of age. This article shares her experiences in searching for an affordable hearing aid and the roller-coaster that many like her have to ride in their hunt for more affordable listening devices and options. 


EPFL and Harvard Seek to Uncover Details Behind Hearing Loss

What actually causes hearing loss in humans? And what are the best therapeutic approaches to this problem? Modern medicine hasn’t yet been able to provide doctors with the right answers in many cases, because there has been no way to observe the tissue of the inner ear, without destroying it.

Harvard Medical School and EPFL partner are working to uncover details behind hearing loss and causes in humans.


NICHQ Highlights Success Stories of Louisiana, New Mexico, and Kentucky

States across the country are improving diagnosis, early intervention (EI) services and support for families with infants who have hearing loss. In the U.S., approximately 63,000 newborns out of 4 million born each year fail their hearing t

est. In 2009, approximately half of these newborns had no record of receiving a follow-up test or treatment. 

The Improving Hearing Screening and Intervention Systems (IHSIS) project is proud to report on the success of the Louisiana, New Mexico and Kentucky teams, which have made great strides in improving coordination of care for infants with hearing loss.