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February 16, 2009

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Hearing impairment not inevitable in old age, study suggests
By Brande Victorian

Weihai Zhan

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 at UW-Madison.

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Celebrity Ear Contest: Whose ear is it?
Win a $50 American Express gift card!
 

Hint: This late-night staple recently made a return to his show.
Send your guess here

A winner will be chosen at random from among all correct answers received by February 23.

For the correct answer and the name of the winner, see next month's installment of The Ear Hears.

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Becky McGlynn of Colorado Springs, CO, who correctly identified Ben Bernanke’s celebrity ear.

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COVER STORY

Tele-audiology, a once-futuristic concept, Is growing into a worldwide reality
By Judith Nemes

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 the world.

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.

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HJ REPORT

Q4 SEES DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH IN HA SALES

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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'Ear's the news

Sting to Support Global Hearing Loss Campaign
2/11/2010

Master Gene Math1 Controls Framework for Perceiving External, Internal Body Parts
2/10/2010

Gordon Walker Elected President of Better Hearing Institute
2/9/2010

New Audiology CPT Category III Codes
2/9/2010

NIDCD Grantee Receives NIH Challenge Grant To Study Hybrid Cochlear Implant
2/8/2010

Hearing Aid Tax Credit Attracts Record 113th Co-Sponsor
2/7/2010

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Ask-the-Experts

The Relationship Between Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and Tinnitus
Max Chartrand, Ph.D.

Infection Control – Cleaning Probe Tips
A.U. Bankaitis, Ph.D., Vice President, Oaktree Products

Non-Fused and O/L Indicators for Phonemic Synthesis Test
Jack Katz, Ph.D.
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