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Friday, March 24, 2017

The seventh biennial Communication Science and Disorders Teaching Conference at the University of Pittsburgh, which takes place June 15-17, 2017, will address the art and science of teaching counseling in the classroom and clinic. The three-day conference will give audiology faculty and clinical instructors the opportunity to discuss best practice in teaching counseling and benefit from resources shared by the conference faculty, which includes sample course or clinical handouts, practicum strategies, reference lists, take-home assignments, lab exercises, and practical exams. The program also includes breakout and poster sessions.

The conference will feature two prominent scholars in the field of audiology. Robert Sweetow, PhD, clinical professor in the department of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Dr. Sweetow has served on the board of directors at the American Academy of Audiology, and is a prolific scholar who has written 25 textbook chapters and over 120 articles. Lisa Scott, PhD, CCC-SLP, director of clinical education and research associate in the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University, will serve as the moderator of the program. ​

Registration for the conference has not yet opened.  To be added to the registration mailing list, please email Lori Zitelli, AuD at zitellild@upmc.edu


Friday, March 17, 2017

The South Korea-based startup Earlogic (https://earlogic.com/) introduced a smart music platform app named TSC Music, which was designed to equalize sounds based on users' hearing capacity and serve the dual purpose of improving sound quality and protect users from hearing loss. Users are prompted to take a self-administered hearing test on five key frequencies when they open the app. The app then uses its threshold sound conditioning technology to render sound based on both frequency ranges and decibels unique to users' preset hearing condition. TSC Music also saves users' hearing data to help monitor daily hearing conditions, which include progress, usage time, best and worst INDEX, and other parameters.

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The app is compatible with iPhones and iPads, as well as music streaming services such as YouTube, Spotify, and SoundCloud. TSC Music is currently available as a free beta app in Apple's App Store.


Friday, March 10, 2017

It turns out where you live might determine whether you'll have hearing loss. A study conducted by the German company Mimi Hearing Technologies (https://mimi.io/en/health/) and Charité University Hospital in Berlin found hearing loss has a 64 percent positive correlation with noise pollution levels in a city. Researchers used data from 200,000 hearing tests conducted on Mimi's hearing test app in 50 cities worldwide to calculate the average hearing loss of each city, which was then used to assign each city a hearing loss rank and noise pollution rank. The two ranks were then combined to create the combined hearing loss index. Guangzhou, New Delhi, and Cairo topped the list, while Zurich, Oslo, and Vienna were found to be least afflicted by noise pollution.

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These findings are preliminary and have yet to be submitted for peer-reviewed publication, according to an article about the study in
The Nation. (Mar. 4, 2017; http://bit.ly/2lKWcq8.) But Henrik Matthies, managing director of Mimi Hearing Technologies, said these results are robust. "The fact that noise pollution and hearing loss have such a tight correlation points to an intricate relationship." Matthies told AFP. Mimi published these findings in celebration of this year's World Hearing Day. The complete results and more information about the study's methodology is available here


Friday, March 3, 2017

 The rechargeable hearing aid, Audéo B-R, by Phonak (https://www.phonak.com/) was recognized for its smart charging designs with the 2017 iF DESIGN AWARD. Audéo B-R was selected from 5,575 entries to receive the award in the product category by 58 independent experts from 19 countries. The iF panel of judges lauded the device's rechargeable features, which include a 30-minute charging option offering six hours of immediate use and a power pack that provides power for seven full charges for two hearing aids. Thomas Lang, senior vice president of marketing at Phonak, said, "The award underlines our efforts to pair the highest standards in hearing performance, ease of use, and innovation with outstanding design to help people with hearing loss live better lives."

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The iF Design Award (http://ifworlddesignguide.com/) is given out by the iF International Forum Design GmbH in the product, communication and service design, architecture and interior architecture, and professional concepts categories. All award winners are featured in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, the iF design app, and are showcased at the iF design exhibition Hamburg. 


Friday, February 24, 2017

Kevin J. Munro, PhD, Ewing Professor of Audiology at the University of Manchester, gave Vanderbilt University's fourth annual Judith S. Gravel Lecture in Pediatric Audiology on Aug 30, 2016. His lecture entitled "The Importance of Being Early: A Talk in Three Acts" took place at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, home of the university's department of hearing and speech sciences.

Dr. Munro is the research director of the Manchester Center for Audiology and Deafness. He leads the research theme on plasticity and aging there, which focuses on understanding the changes that occur over time in the auditory system due to training, deafness, development, or restoration of input to a deaf auditory system. The goal of that research is to guide fitting and management options for hearing devices. Dr. Munro's other research interests include assessment and management of hearing disorders, epidemiology of hearing loss, and auditory genetics. ​

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From left to right: Anne Marie Tharpe, PhD, professor and chair of the department of hearing and speech sciences at Vanderbilt University; Mr. Bruce Taylor; Kevin J. Munro, PhD, Ewing Professor of Audiology at the University of Manchester; and Fred H. Bess, PhD, professor of audiology and director of the National Center for Childhood Deafness and Family Communication at Vanderbilt University.​