Oct 2019 Macquarie University
Understanding and addressing the impacts of hearing loss on mental wellbeing has become an urgent issue, write renowned Macquarie University audiologists Professor Cath McMahon and Associate Professor Piers Dawes.
Isolation: Hearing loss has a substantial impact on mental wellbeing.
Globally, one in three adults aged over 60 has hearing loss, increasing to four in five for those over 80. Over the life course, hearing declines through exposure to loud noise, secondary consequences of cardiovascular changes, or general ‘wear-and-tear’. While hearing loss in older adults is often dismissed as a normal consequence of ageing and garners little attention from health professionals, policy-makers or even those who have hearing loss, it has major consequences for ageing well. That is, hearing loss in older age not only affects communication, but has a substantial impact on mental wellbeing. As more and more people are living to older ages, it is critical that these extra years of life are healthy, happy and productive. But hearing loss may lead to greater dependence, restricted social participation and loneliness, leading to an increased likelihood of depression. Helen Keller said that ‘vision loss cuts you off from things, but hearing loss cuts you off from people’.
Oct 2019 Scoop.co.nz
Parents are being urged to intervene and limit their children’s use of personal devices – or risk them losing their hearing, following the alarming results of a youth hearing loss screening programme. Initial findings reveal as many as one in three year 9 pupils – 34 per cent – were found to have abnormal hearing. And more than 40 per cent of those with normal hearing in the Listen Up Screening Pilot experienced ringing in their ears – a possible precursor to tinnitus. “This really is becoming a public health issue, and as a nation we need to address youth hearing loss immediately,” Natasha Gallardo, chief executive of the National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NFDHH), says. “Once you lose your hearing, you cannot get it back. Yet the propensity for teenagers to put their hearing at risk is truly frightening. Parents, caregivers, teachers, employers – we all have to take urgent steps to help young people see the harm they might be doing.”
Oct 2019 Prospect
These genetic tools pose fraught biological and ethical questions—but how much call for them is there anyway?
Gene editing of human embryos for reproductive purposes—a medical technology often said to promise (or threaten) “designer babies”—is more or less upon us already. It has arrived far sooner than many researchers imagined, and sooner than many wanted. And recent developments show that there may be more just around the corner.
Oct 2019 Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
There are many types and causes of sensorineural hearing loss, i.e., hearing loss associated with damage to the inner ear, rather than say, a punctured ear drum. You can lose hearing from exposure to loud noises, medications with toxic side effects, or simply having been born with congenital hearing loss. Ageing is a major risk factor too. While two percent of adults ages 45 to 53 have disabling hearing loss, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, that rate jumps to 25% by ages 65 to 75 and fully half of those 75 and older.
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.
You can view/download it from this link: Hearing Loss and Hearing Resources - A Guide (91 pages, 2.4 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.