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19 Feb
American FDA takes steps to improve Accessibility of Hearing Aids

American FDA takes steps to improve Accessibility of Hearing Aids

In an important first step the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have removed the Physician clearance requirement prior to obtaining a hearing aid. After lengthy consultation they were not satisfied retaining the Physician Clearance pathway was necessary. Press "Read More" for further Australian commentary and also take a moment to follow the link below.

https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm532005.htm

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20 Feb
Misophonia Unravelled

Misophonia Unravelled

Misophonia is an emotional reaction to certain sounds that raise feelings of disgust and anger in the affected individual disproportionate those experienced by others. Sounds of chewing, nose blowing or sniffing are common sounds that affect the Misophonic. Interestingly these sames sounds emitted by children seem not to cause the same offence even though acoustically they are essentially identical. The following link to the original article may be of interest to some readers.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38842561

Misophonia is unlike Phonophobia, which is a reaction to any sound, usually during a migraine episode, that causes physical discomfort.

Scientists have discovered via brain imaging experiments that certain parts of the brain "light up" more than expected when exposed to offending sounds.

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19 Feb
Gene Therapy Restores Some hearing and Balance to Mice

Gene Therapy Restores Some hearing and Balance to Mice

Researchers have been able to partially restore hearing and balance in mice. This has been acheive by delivery gene therapy to the hair cells of the cochlear and balance organs using a modified Adeno virus. They report human application is many years away but this is an important first step.  Click "Read More" to follow the link to the original article.

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31 May
KoKo the Dog Eats Phonak Hearing Aid - The Results

KoKo the Dog Eats Phonak Hearing Aid - The Results

KoKo did not digest all of the hearing aid, simply chewed most of it into small pieces.

He did however ingest the battery which was some trial for the owners to confirm!

It is always a good policy to insure your hearing aids!

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06 May
Siemens touchControl

Siemens touchControl

Imagine being able to discretely adjust your hearing aids by just using the touch screen on your Smart Phone! You can now easily select your preferred listening program, adjust the volume, adjust the bass and treble, mute the hearing instruments and also control the microphone pattern.

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01 May
Melanoma Can Appear First on the Outer Ear

Melanoma Can Appear First on the Outer Ear

Prolonged exposure to sunlight is considered to be a significant factor in the causation of Melanoma. The head and face region usually receive the most sunlight exposure and in particular the outer ear. As men wear their hair short and are often exposed to more sunlight due their occupations the incidence on the outer ear can be more evident.

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31 May
KoKo the Hearing Aid Eating Dog

KoKo the Hearing Aid Eating Dog

KoKo the Hearing Aid Eating Dog Lives to tell the Tail!

This mischievous canine has part eaten a hearing aid and lived to tell the tale. His owners, Misha and Bob, report that he was up to more than his usual mayhem when he snuck into the bedroom and opened the bedside table somehow to find his masters hearing aids. One must assume the smell of human ear wax was so alluring that KoKo invented a doggie original means of opening the drawer to get to his prey!

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14 May
Siemens easyTek

Siemens easyTek

The ability to hear and understand conversations on the telephone, to follow the dialogue of a movie, to follow a lecture or to enjoy music are daily challenges faced by many hearing impaired individuals. Addressing these issues goes a long way toward enhancing your personal productivity and quality of life.

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21 Mar
WorkCover Authorities restrict Hearing Aid Options for Deafened Workers.

WorkCover Authorities restrict Hearing Aid Options for Deafened Workers.

The Victorian Workcover Authority has announced further reductions in the hearing aid entitlements of injured workers. This is on top of an already savage "dumbing down" of the panel of hearing instruments from which Audiologist's can prescribe to treat injured workers.

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28 Jun
Hearing and Heart Disease (Frank's Sign)

Hearing and Heart Disease (Frank's Sign)

Frank’s sign is a Diagonal Ear Lobe Crease (DELC) first described by Dr Sanders.T.Frank in his 1973 “Letter to the Editor” of the New England Journal of Medicine. Frank described a correlation between the existence of DELC amidst 20 patients under 60 with angina, abnormal ECG or angiography. Pre Auricular Creases are also referred to throughout the literature as being a concomitant sign along with the DELC. 

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07 Dec
Migraine and Balance

Migraine and Balance

Migraine and often its silent variant is the most common cause of balance disturbance arising in some 40% of cases. It is more formally known as Vertiginous Migraine or Migraine Associated Vertigo.

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28 Jun
Meniere's Disease and Hearing Aids

Meniere's Disease and Hearing Aids

Meniere’s disease, also known as, “Endolymphatic Hydrops” is an excess accumulation of fluid in the vestibule or cochlear. It is analogous to glaucoma, whereby excess fluid production or inefficient drainage results in a pressure build up in the eye. The incidence reported varies between 190 -450 per 100,000 population with a mean age of onset of 43 according to some studies.

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28 Jun
Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Diabetes and Hearing Loss

There exists a correlation between diabetes and hearing loss. Studies have demonstrated that hearing loss is twice as prevalent in those with diabetes. Pre diabetics are shown to have a 30% higher incidence of hearing loss than their matched peers.

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28 Jun
Dementia and Hearing Loss

Dementia and Hearing Loss

A 2011 John Hopkins University reported its findings of a longitudinal aging study of 639 individuals. Their study, published in the Archives of Neurology, noted a correlation with hearing loss and those in the study who went on to develop dementia. A total of 58 developed dementia with 37 diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

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30 Jul
Hearing Loss and Brain Plasticity

Hearing Loss and Brain Plasticity

Dr  Sharma and her colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh have reported reorganization of the brain in deaf and hearing impaired individuals. Her experiments used small electrodes on the scalp to map brain activity, demonstrating that the visual and tactile cortex takeover parts of the auditory Cortex even in situations of mild hearing impairment.

Dr Sharma remarked that recent students have correlated hearing loss and the onset of dementia and she felt that her research may add support to that theory. She felt the “encroachment” of the visual and tactile cortices into the auditory cortex may impede the capacity of the individual to process auditory information.

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22 Dec
Research Seeks Answers to Cochlear Implant Language Development Failures

Research Seeks Answers to Cochlear Implant Language Development Failures

The provision of Cochlear Implants to infants provides them with the best opportunity to develop speech and language skills and to keep up with their peers. For unknown reasons approximately one in three implanted children fail to develop speech and language at a pace normally anticipated.

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04 Feb
Disastrous Catalogue Hearing Aid

Disastrous Catalogue Hearing Aid

The image is of an unfortunate individual who purchased a cheap catalogue hearing aid.

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04 Feb
An

An "In the Ear" "Out of the Ear" Catalogue product

This is another example of a dreadful catalogue hearing aid. This poor individual had bilateral perforations and discharging ears and was never properly evaluated. It should not be permissable that such sales can take place withouth a proper audiological examination.

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21 Mar
Ace Audiology Congratulates ABC Radio National

Ace Audiology Congratulates ABC Radio National

The expose by Radio National of the high pressure sales tactics applied to vulnerable clients and the ongoing mistreatment of many young Audiologists deserves applause.

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29 Jan
Made for iPhone Hearing Aids

Made for iPhone Hearing Aids

The Apple Corporation, in co-operation with the Hearing Aid Manufacturing Industry, has developed an iPhone specific platform to enable interaction between it and hearing instruments. A number of hearing aid manufacturers have now developed iPhone compatible hearing instruments that has created a new wave of technological innovation with people thinking of amazing concepts.

 

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05 Dec
Medicare and Audiology

Medicare and Audiology

In a bipartisan approach Australian political parties have made incremental changes to Medicare funding of Audiological services over the last several years. In particular changes have been made to allow Ear Nose and Throat Specialist and Neurologists to refer to Audiologists with the patient receiving a Medicare subsidy as well as GP's under Enhanced Primary Care referral.

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04 Dec
New Noise Protective Pill Under Development

New Noise Protective Pill Under Development

Researchers have announced that early research is showing promise in the development of compounds that can have a protective benefit to the ear when exposed to noise. This like a "Flouride" for the ear and ACE Audiology will keenly watch this space...

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04 Dec
Night Club Patrons to be Noise Protected

Night Club Patrons to be Noise Protected

The Federal Government indicated at a recent Hearing Services Consultative Committee meeting in Canberra that they were considering the compulsory provision of hearing protective devices to night club patrons where excessive noise existed..

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