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“It’s Not Denial. It’s Observation” Why People Find it Difficult to Detect Changes in their Own Hearing and Implications for Hearing Care Providers

Hearing health care professionals (HHP) are socialised into the belief that people with hearing loss are “in denial.” This is reinforced when people who later “accept their hearing loss,” use hearing technology, look back at their earlier failure to recognise their hearing loss, and try to rationalise their failure by adopting the explanation of “denial” given by the HHP.

Multi-Channel Compression: Concepts and (Early but Timeless) Results

While it is clear that improved technology and compression strategies have developed significantly over the last 15 years, this paper may still serve as a useful reminder of the limitations of simple multi-channel compression with short times constants.

Frequency Lowering For All! – Is There Evidence for this Practice in Adult Fittings?

The manufacturer default settings for a hearing aid fitting are not always the most appropriate settings for the individual. Frequency lowering default settings are a good example, particularly since there has been an abundance of research interest in this area that can inform (impact?) clinical practice. In commercial hearing aids, one of two techniques is used: frequency compression or frequency transposition. Frequency compression is the more common technique.

Student Poster Presentations

In this issue, we are proud to give feature two more Student Poster Presentation from the 2014 CAA Conference. In this issue we give you, “Vitamin E and Hearing Loss” By Kayla Head, MClSc Candidate – and “Audiology and Effectiveness of Auditory Training Programs for Older Adults with Hearing Loss,” By Danielle Carson.

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Other People's Ideas

The ability to tailor the patient experience to their expectations is helpful in gaining patient trust. In a competitive marketplace, gaining patient trust is one of the few factors directly related to what the clinician provides to the overall experience. Calvin Staples provided some blogs aimed at providing some touch points on patient experiences from our friends at HearingHealthMatters.org.

Striking the Right Balance

In this edition of "Striking the Right Balance," Dr. Ken Makus, a private practice neurologist, and his son Donovan Makus, discuss vestibular migraine.

Science Matters

Sheila Moodie, Rebecca Henderson, and Andrew Johnson from Western University fill us in on Parent-to-Parent Support within Family Centred Early Hearing Detection Intervention (EHDI) Programs.

The Way I Hear It

Gael Hannan reveals her secret guilty pleasure to and how it’s OK to give in to her inner Green-Eyed Monster now and again.

Trends

Wayne Staab looks at the evolution of hearing protection for shooters.

Back to Basics

Marshall Chasin explains that while the Speech Intelligibility Index can provide information on the phonemes of a language, one needs to go beyond the phoneme to the word and the sentence as well.

Noisy Notes

Readers of Alberto’s column should by now be used to his predilection for rigorously defining terms that are frequently used in the acoustics side of the field. In keeping with that practice he defines Hearing Protectors, Hearing Loss, and Intelligibility, so that there will be no misunderstandings.
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