Dec 2020 MakeUseOf
Technology might be a major cause of hearing loss, but you can also use technology to protect your hearing.
Human hearing has its limits, especially in noisy environments. While technology, like loud music and machinery, often causes hearing loss, it can also help prevent it. A good first step toward healthier ears is to learn how certain sounds affect them. Then you can explore technology, from headphones to apps, that protects your ears and helps you to focus on their wellbeing. This allows you to keep working and enjoying your hobbies without harming your hearing. We’ll explain everything you need to know.
Our social events will start up again in February 2021 for our Thursday Morning Teas. On the first Thursday of the month FEBRUARY to OCTOBER 2021 ONLY.
There will also be two Special Events that are ONLINE ONLY.
Thursday 25th February 2021
International Cochlear Implant Day
World Hearing Day
Online events only
Nov 2020 3D Printing Industry
Researchers from University College London (UCL) have 3D printed antibacterial hearing aids which could help prevent ear infections from forming after prolonged use. Fabricated through a Digital Light Processing (DLP) method, the hearing aids are loaded with two antibiotics, ciprofloxacin and fluocinolone, and manufactured from two polymer resins, ENG Hard and Flexible. The research highlights the potential of vat photopolymerization 3D printing techniques in the fabrication of patient-specific medical devices with anti-bacterial properties. The researchers successfully demonstrated the possibility of manufacture hearing aids loaded with two drugs.
Nov 2020 The Hearing Journal Editorial by DG Blazer
Hearing loss and psychiatric disorders are frequently co-existent; that alone is no surprise. For example, a person who cannot participate in conversations in a social group because of hearing problems soon feels isolated. Isolation leads to loneliness and then to depression. The ties between hearing loss and psychiatric disorders run deep and are more complex. Though not everyone who experiences hearing loss becomes depressed or develops other psychiatric problems, the risk is higher among those with hearing loss, perhaps as high as fourfold. Yet depression is not the only psychiatric disorder with a risk that is increased by problems with hearing. Cognitive impairment (dementia), anxiety disorders, and psychoses are more common among the hearing impaired. I will consider the relationship between neurocognitive disorders, depression, psychoses, and hearing loss below in some additional detail.
News - The University of Sydney
A School of Biomedical Engineering researcher has analysed the accuracy of predictions for cochlear implant outcomes, with a view to further improve their performance in noisy environments.
Oct 2020 Starts at 60
On September 15, 2020, my cochlear implant had been switched on for 36 years. That is, working and in use for 15 to 18 hours every day. So, I estimate it has put in about 196,695 ‘hearing’ or ‘listening’ hours at a minimum. I’m really happy about that. I think it’s probably a world record.
Sept 2020 Australian Hearing Hub
CICADA provides support to hearing impaired Australians through information, education and social events: