News

Following are a selection of interesting news items from our field. This section will be updated on a continuous basis so check back often in between issues, to see what is new.

Deaf NFL Player Derrick Coleman Tells His Story in Terrific Duracell Ad

Source: Adweek

Duracell recently released a great new ad featuring Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, the first legally deaf player in the NFL. Derrick, who narrates the ad himself, said it best after not being picked in the NFL draft, “They didn't call my name, told me it was over.” “But I've been deaf since I was 3, so I didn't listen.”

Scientists Levitate Stuff Using Sound

Source: New Statesman

Scientists from the University of Tokyo levitate and control objects using sound.

Mantis Shrimp Use Rapid Eye Movements to Track Surroundings

Source: New Scientist

To study their surroundings, mantis shrimp use rapid eye movements similar to primates, according to researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia. The shrimp’s eyes were filmed as a coloured object was introduced inside an aquarium and scientists found that the mantis shrimp tracked it with rapid eye movement, known as saccades, which is usually found in primates, but at twice the rate of human saccades.

Obesity Is Associated With Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Adolescents

Source: The Laryngoscope

Childhood obesity is associated with higher pure-tone thresholds and ~2-fold increase in odds of unilateral low-frequency SNHL.

Parental Perspectives on Adolescent Hearing Loss Risk Examined

Source: The Hearing Review

This article covers some of the highlights of the JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery study on acquired adolescent hearing loss and parents' role.

Stanford Bio-X Researchers Develop New Technology to Study Hearing

Source: The Hearing Review

Stanford researchers have received Bio-X funding to develop a tiny moving probe to study the mechanical properties of sensory cells in the ear. Their research could lead to new treatments for hearing loss.

Clinical Trial Brings Positive Results for Tinnitus Sufferers

Source: The Hearing Review

UT-Dallas researchers demonstrated that treating tinnitus using vagus nerve stimulation-tone (VNS) therapy brought significant improvement to some of the participants in a small clinical trial.

FDA Issues Draft Guidance Document for Clarifying PSAP Descriptions; Consumer Update On Hearing Loss

Source: The Hearing Review

The latest Guidance document appears to take a tougher stance on those PSAP manufacturers that market their products to hearing-impaired consumers and who use subtle (and not so subtle) references to their hearing loss.

Bats in Costa Rica Using Leaves for Hearing

Source: Audiology World News

There are many examples in nature of animals using objects to boost their calls, but situations where animals use objects to amplify sound are not nearly as frequent. Livescience reports on research showing how a social species of Costa Rican bats uses funneling leaves as a type of ear horn to hear other members of their group. The studies were carried out by researchers from Boston University and North Dakota State University (USA).

Sustainability. A New Life for Reconditioned Hearing Aids In Burlington, Ontario

Source: Audiology World News

Several hearing aid recycling initiatives are already in place in Canada. The Hamilton Spectator reported in October on a new program in Ontario that provides an answer to the question of what to do with hearing aids that are no longer needed, but that are still in excellent condition.