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Hearing Loss News This Month

Monday, June 25, 2018 9:35:19 AM Australia/Melbourne

Hearing Loss News This MonthHearlink’s mission is to support every aspect of your hearing health. That means loss prevention, testing, sourcing hearing aids that make the most sense for you and a plethora of other solutions to help you out. We know that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for the health of your ears, but a huge piece of any solution is information sharing. We want this blog to serve as a hub of resources for you – everything from tips and tricks for hearing loss prevention to a spotlight on the next big thing in audiology. That’s why, every month, we want to share a round-up of what we’ve found most interesting on the internet. If you have questions, comments or ideas about what information you’d like to see in these, please let us know! The Hearlink team would love to hear from you via email, phone or in person.


First on deck, an interesting study about misperception of speech results. The name of the study is Slips of the Ear: When Knowledge Deceives Perception and it Can be Found in the Society of Neuroscience. In summary, we are learning that what we expect to hear and what we actually hear is the main catalyst behind a misperception of speech results. It’s becoming apparent how important it is to draw on past experiences in order to keep up with the current conversation that you’re having. Participants in this study were presented pairs of words – both written and degraded spoken. Some of the words were identical, some were similar-sounding and some were completely different. The researchers were able to use functional magnetic resonance to help analyze ways to make this easier. You can learn more about this here.


The next study is a great reminder that not all solutions need to be incredibly complex. The research found in Simple Treatment May Minimize Hearing Loss Triggered by Loud Noises is thanks to the University of Southern California – Health Sciences. We all know that the exposure to loud noises negatively impacts your hearing, but the solution may be far more simple than you thought. This study looks at a salt-and-sugar solution that can be injected into the middle ear, right through the eardrum, only three hours after participants had run into loud noise exposure. With this particular group, we saw that the solutions prevented by to 64% of neuron loss, so the future looks bright. You can read more about this here.  


We also love to share the positive and optimistic stories of the future of audiology. While we still have a long way to go when it comes to outfitting our elderly with hearing aids, those that are taking advantage of them are definitely seeing a major benefit – a much lower number of emergency room visits. This specific study comes from JAMA Otolaryngology – Neck & Surgery, who found that those who use hearing aids are saving thousands of dollars in the long term. You can read more about this here.

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