New software could greatly improve sound perception for users of hearing aids. The software prescribes the amount of amplification of high-frequency sounds required to restore the audibility of such sounds. This increases the frequency range of sound that individuals with hearing loss are able to detect, improving speech perception, sound localisation and the ability to hear certain musical sounds, when compared with current methods.
For the first time, researchers power an implantable electronic device using an electrical potential — a natural battery — deep in the inner ear.
AG Bell is seeking proposals for presentations and short courses at the AG Bell 2013 Listening & Spoken Language Symposium. As a result of universal newborn hearing screening, advancements in hearing technologies, and access to inclusive education, these children and their families have unprecedented opportunities to achieve any and all language, communication and educational goals they set. The consequences of these expanding opportunities include challenges faced by professionals supporting families with ongoing services essential to achieving those goals.
The AG Bell 2013 Listening & Spoken Language Symposium’s theme will be Delivering Quality Services with a focus on research and trends in effective delivery models for families who are not able to benefit from traditional intervention or education models. For more information on the symposium and to submit a proposal, please follow this link.
A child learning language with the help of hearing aids needs consistently clear sound that is loud enough for him or her to hear speech. It is important that the hearing aids are functioning properly. The child may not tell you or understand when there is a problem. A daily hearing aid check will alert you to any problems and reduce the potential that your child would not be hearing optimally. Watch this featured video for instructions on how to perform a daily hearing aid listening check.
We’ve released two new featured videos on our website! Check out “Rachel Testifies Before Lawmakers” a video about a little girl that spoke out and helped in the passing of a bill in her state to help the deaf and hearing impaired; and the “Rachel Coleman: One Deaf Child” video about Rachel Coleman’s experiences in raising a deaf child, available with captions.
Researchers have mapped the precise 3-D atomic structure of a thin protein filament critical for cells in the inner ear and calculated the force necessary to pull it apart. These findings show the characteristics of the most vulnerable area of a structure called the tip link, and open avenues for research in fields related to noise-induced hearing loss and certain genetic diseases, according to a recent article published by Science Daily.
Dr. Karl White spoke about the advances in the world concerning hearing loss in children during the TEDxUSU event Wednesday at Championing “ideas worth spreading,” hosted by Utah State University. The day included eight presentations given in the typical TED Talks fashion by USU professors, students, alumni and special guests.
Meningitis is one of the leading post-natal causes of hearing loss. Children who have had meningitis are five times more likely to have a significant hearing impairment than other children, while 2.4% of survivors had bilateral hearing loss that required a cochlear implant. In general, a third of children who survive meningitis will be left with devastating long-term conditions. Read more!
Genetic testing for a certain mutation in pediatric patients is valuable in determining a cause for unexplained hearing loss, according to a new study.