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Rechargeable hearing aids

Phonak Audeo BR In September 2016, Phonak, one of the major global manufacturers of hearing aids, released its next generation of hearing aid technology. The new product line features the Audeo BR, the first hearing aid to house a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Currently, the rechargeable option is only available in RIC (receiver in the…

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Temporal bone lab brings hearing hope to Africa

Like many aspects of life in West Africa, otolaryngology training is difficult. Unlike the U.S., where most otolaryngology residency programs have facilities to teach temporal bone anatomy and dissection, West Africa until recently has had only a single two-station lab located in Lagos, Nigeria. As a result, basic otologic procedures such as tympanoplasty and mastoidectomy…

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Telecoil

What is a telecoil and how does it work? A telecoil is a small copper coil inside most hearing aids and cochlear implant processors that will induce an electric current in the coil in the presence of a changing magnetic field. It can be used to wirelessly connect the hearing instrument directly to a sound…

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Tinnitus: What’s that sound?

Tinnitus is the perception of ringing or other sounds in your ears that have no external source. If you are someone who experiences tinnitus, just know that you are not alone. A 2011 study reported that approximately 30 million Americans report that they experience tinnitus and about 1 in 4 people from ages 65-84. Tinnitus…

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Cochlear Implant Candidacy

Is A Cochlear Implant Right For Me? A cochlear implant is a system comprised of an external and internal component. The external component is worn on the ear and works to collect sound from the environment and send it through the skin to the internal component. The internal component is surgically placed underneath the skin and…

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Hearing loss and Travel

Hearing loss and Travel Summertime is here, and an activity that millions of Americans do every year at this time is traveling for vacation. Traveling long distances can be quite stressful, but traveling with hearing loss and hearing devices can make it even more difficult. Here are some tips to having a less stressful traveling experience: First, always ask for…

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Communication Strategies for People with Hearing Loss

Communication is an essential aspect to everyday life. Unfortunately, hearing loss can have a significant impact on an individual’s ability to communicate. Hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other assistive devices can provide help in certain listening situations, but difficulties can still exist. Communication strategies, along with consistent use of amplification, can be utilized for greater…

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