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Hearing impairment not inevitable in old
age, study suggests
Baby boomers are hearing better, longer, researchers
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found.
According to a study looking at generational differences
in the prevalence of hearing impairment in middle-aged
and older adults, people today are retaining good
hearing to a more advanced age than did previous
generations. The results were published in the American
Journal of Epidemiology (2010;171:260-266).
“This is the first population-based study to report
such findings, and these findings have important
implications because they suggest that hearing
impairment in older adults can be prevented or delayed,”
said the study’s lead author, Weihai Zhan, PhD, in an
interview with The Ear Hears. Zhan is a member of the
faculty of the Department of Population Health Sciences
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STORYTele-audiology, a once-futuristic
concept, Is growing into a worldwide
Tele-audiology is quickly becoming a new buzzword in
hearing care circles as the concept moves from idea to
reality in the U.S. as well as in far-flung corners of
Just as telemedicine can connect individuals living
in remote areas of the planet with physicians and other
healthcare specialists in urban centers hundreds or
thousands of miles away, tele-audiology is quietly
gaining momentum as an approach that can follow a
similar pattern. Hearing care providers are taking cues
from established success models in telemedicine to
develop their own ways to provide professional services
that can be delivered effectively from afar.
Q4 SEES DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH IN HA
Total hearing aid sales soared by 16.6% in the fourth
quarter of 2009 over 2008 according to the Hearing
Industries Association (HIA). This was the largest
quarterly gain since 1983, when President Ronald Reagan
debuted his in-the-canal fitting. To a degree, the
magnitude of the year-to-year gain reflected a weak
fourth quarter in 2008, when sales dropped by 6.6% from
2007. Still, the 656,260 instruments that manufacturers
reported selling last quarter was 12.4% more than in
2007, when fourth-quarter sales set a record.
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