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A new study finds widespread hearing loss among elderly Americans, with an especially high rate for those 90 and older. In the study sample of 647 people aged 80 and above, nearly all had some level of hearing loss based on test results, with the over-90s the most affected. "Hearing loss accelerates with age in the oldest old, a population

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The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named Starkey Hearing Technologies as a finalist in the Healthcare-Established category for the 2016 Tekne Awards for our Halo 2 Made for iPhone hearing aids. This honor highlights the continued technological and innovative success of our Halo 2 hearing aids, which features the industry’s first quad core twin compressor technology.   Designed to

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today permitted marketing of a device that uses a small balloon to treat persistent Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), a condition in which pressure, pain or clogged or muffled sensations occur in the ear. The Eustachian tube connects the middle ear to the back of the throat. It is normally filled with air and helps

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Estimates are that millions of people have asymmetric hearing loss, where there is more hearing loss in one ear than the other. This can pose serious challenges to understanding speech and identifying where sounds are coming from, even though people may partially adapt to asymmetric inputs to the brain, says University of Massachusetts Amherst hearing researcher Richard Freyman. The specific

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The Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus (FCHHC) hosted a tour of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Porter Neuroscience Research Center in Bethesda, MD, on August 18.  The visit was attended by 25 Congressional staffers and hearing health advocates.  Dr. James Battey Jr., NIDCD Director, opened the tour by reviewing NIDCD operations and the

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Using sign language with intensive speech therapy may be an effective treatment for children with a rare speech disorder called apraxia of speech, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. They suggest further exploration of the results of a case study showing the effectiveness of using several therapies together in cases of early diagnosis. Childhood apraxia of speech occurs when children

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Fulfilling their pledge to enrich the lives of the Afghan people with the three precious gifts of Hearing, Healing and Hope,  The Bayat Foundation  ( www.bayatfoundation.org) , Afghanistan's largest, private, non-profit Health, Education and Social Development Organization, and  The Starkey Hearing Foundation  ( www.starkeyhearingfoundation. org) , announced the successful conclusion of their third annual joint Bayat-Starkey Afghanistan Hearing Care Mission.

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A large screening program has identified several genes associated with age-related conditions including hearing loss, retinal degeneration and osteoarthritis. The animal study, published in  Nature Communications , may lead to studies of the equivalent human gene and help develop screening programs to identify the risk of developing an age-related condition many years before symptoms appear. Age is a risk factor for many

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A set of three new Tinnitus Management tools from the Ida Institute aim to help both patients and hearing care professionals manage the challenge of tinnitus, a condition that affects an estimate 10-15 percent of the adult population worldwide. Two tools, the Tinnitus Thermometer and the Tinnitus Communication Guide, are designed to help clinicians build their counseling skills and apply

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In the largest U.S. clinical trial of its kind funded by the Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, researchers at the VA Portland Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University found that transcranial magnetic stimulation significantly improved tinnitus symptoms for more than half of study participants. Their findings were published today in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology –

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