July 2020 MobiHealthNews
Cochlear Limited announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance of three new products to be added to the company’s suite of hearing technology devices, all of which can connect to smartphones. The Premarket Approval clearances went to the Kanso 2 Sound Processor, the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor for Nucleus 22 Implant recipients and the Custom Sound Pro fitting software. The new products will be commercially available in the U.S. and Canada later this year, according to the company.
July 2020 Brisbane Times
Lengthy exposure to loud noises is affecting the hearing ability of a growing number of people, especially those who are part of the "headphone culture". But few are listening to the experts' concerns.
The danger of everyone damaging hearing from overexposure to loud noises is greater than ever
If Nicole Russell could turn back the clock, she’d probably turn down the volume, too. In 2004, when she was seven years old, Russell picked up an Apple iPod, plugged in a pair of the standard white headphones, pressed play, cranked it up and formed a habit she’d enjoy for “at least five hours a day” for the next decade. She’d listen in the morning, on the way to school, during breaks, even as she fell asleep. A few years later, she was in the car – listening to music, of course – with her father, Dave, when he told her to turn the volume down. “He was like, ‘Niki, what the hell?’ ” Russell, now 24, says. “It made me so embarrassed, I’d just say, ‘But it has to be this loud … it’s the only way I can hear it.’ I didn’t know there was a problem then. I thought it was just me.”
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MORNING TEAS AT GLADESVILLE HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL 2021.
After careful consideration, the Cicada committee has made the decision to cancel all remaining Morning teas and BBQ’s for the balance of 2020, including the AGM in November.
Even though cases of Covid-19 are very small at the moment, there is a very real prospect that there will be a spike in numbers as restrictions are lifted. We are very mindful that many of our members and those that attend our functions are at the age where they are more vulnerable to the virus, which has strongly influenced our decision.
June 2020 Australian Hearing Hub
Listening through an electronic device like a tablet, phone or computer can be tricky at the best of times for everyone. This is especially true for children with hearing loss. With children spending more time learning through devices as technology improves, there are lots of ways you can support your child’s listening and understanding of speech through smart devices and computers.
I hope everyone is managing with the current COVID-19 related isolation issues. I’m interested to know if you feel supported by your community, whether that is your family, friends, local neighbours or perhaps another interest group like your sporting colleagues, book club or walking club.
What about your local implant recipients? Do you know someone nearby with an implant that you can collaborate with or just meet with on a social basis? Many have found social media or ZOOM meetings have kept them in touch to some degree with their friends and associates, but some who cannot manage the technology required, or have not been able to use it well, have felt quite isolated.
May 2020 CBC News
Masks, plexiglass barriers, and reliance on virtual meetings can make communication difficult.
For Kim Scott, dealing with feelings of isolation is nothing new. Scott grew up with progressive hearing loss, and over the years she got used to spending a lot of time alone, because of the challenges of communicating with others. But as the world has shifted to virtual communication amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Scott says feelings of isolation for herself and others with hearing loss are "compounded." "There's a lot of challenges people are facing, you know, in terms of just staying in touch with work or loved ones," said Scott, who is the executive director of the Sudbury branch of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association. "This is just increasing our isolation even further."
CICADA provides support to hearing impaired Australians through information, education and social events:
Here at last is our 2018 revision of the "Hearing Loss and Hearing Solutions - A Guide" that we have published in PDF format for the enjoyment of users. Our original version was reviewed very favourably and attracted a lot of viewers. We now have this Guide in two formats: Desktop or Tablet version; iPhone/Android version.
You can view/download it from these links:
For desktop or tablet - Hearing Loss and Hearing Resources - A Guide (91 pages, 2.4 MB size).
For smartphones - iPhone or Android - Hearing Loss and Hearing Resources - smartphone version (101 pages, 1.6 MB size)
Here are some of the professional comments about our new 2018 version.
Overall Reactions to Second Edition:
Monica Bray (Cochlear): I’ve just discovered the wonderful Hearing Guide. It's an awesome resource.
Jade Parr (Advanced Bionics): What a great resource.
Roberta Marino (Fiona Stanley Hospital) with permission:
I really enjoyed reading the guide! It's brilliant. So comprehensive, easy to read and relatable. I'm really impressed with the level of detail and can only imagine the hours you've spent researching new updates. The guide will positively impact so many people including professionals. I can see it being so useful for instance, at our hospital when new medicos have a rotation in the Ear, Nose and Throat Department or when we have new Audiology students in our Department who are new to implant devices. Again - well done! It's fantastic there's people like you who are so pro-active and care enough to put in the hundreds of hours required to develop such a useful and thorough guide.
Overall Reactions to First Edition:
Margaret Anderson: It's going to be a great resource for consumers and all sorts of people. Well done for tackling it!
Marie-Louise Hekel: Congratulations on this most thorough publication. You have done a splendid job. It would be a very valuable resource, not only for hearing impaired people, but professional audiologists in particular.
Roberta Marino: I think you’ve done a brilliant job. You really have a great understanding of how the different devices can be applied. If you don’t mind, when the product is finished, I’d like to pass it on to training ENT’s at the major teaching hospitals here in Perth and also the upcoming Audiology students.
Sarah McCullough (Advanced Bionics): Well done on all your hard work
Linda Ballam-Davies (Cochlear): It looks great and you've done a top job.