Volume 10

Audiology of the Future with Next Generation, Whole Human Genome Sequencing

In my next few columns, I will explore new and exciting studies on using whole human genome sequencing as an emerging clinical tool for audiology.

Volume 9

We are Not Progressing in Diagnosis of Progressive Hearing Loss

The most prevalent type of hearing loss is a progressive hearing loss. I can make that statement confidently because presbyacusis is progressive, and everybody will have age-related hearing loss, unless they pass away before age 30. However, it is difficult to find good evidence or reliable statistics if you ask the question about the prevalence…

Treatment of Sensorineural Hearing Loss with Corticosteroids — Some Facts

The purpose of this summary is to provide some background information that may be of assistance in Treating of Sensorineural Hearing Loss with Corticosteroids.

The Health Effects of Noise: NIMBYism, Greed, and Conspiracy Theories

There is extensive “research” literature on the possible health effects of wind-turbine noise, but the aim with this column is not to review the science but rather to reveal some unnerving social and political aspects around this topic.

What Are These (Unusual) Images of Inner Ear Structures? A Picture Quiz.

Bob Harrison has picked out three unusual images that, as audiologists, you might recognize or not. Try to identify the structure before reading his detailed description.

To Seek Out the Facts, A Google Search May Not Be Enough

We have entered a period of uncertainty. The COVID-19 pandemic and the Trump-era have revealed that too many fellow humans cannot easily tell fact from fiction or distinguish between scientific evidence and conspiracy theory. As a result, the media, political leaders, and those “in authority” can feed us fake news or real news, and many have difficulty recognizing the difference.

Volume 8

Something Important Requires Amplification in Clinical Audiology

Bob Harrison is “frustrated, fed up, and completely saddened” by the lack of attention to cochlear amplification in clinical audiology.

An Audiology Ripple Effect

In the history of audiology, many new ideas and methods have come and gone. Some things that were once new, are now gone and some brilliant methods to evaluate hearing, such as the Bekesy audiometry and the tone-decay test, appear to have been abandoned. I don’t know why because they were so informative.

New Methods for Getting Drugs, Stem Cells or Genes Into The Inner Ear

There are many reasons why it is desirable to get drugs and perhaps genetic materials into the cochlea including prevention or reduction of cochlear damage or promotion of the re-growth of cochlear neurons.

Conspiracy Theories, Fake News, Wind-Turbines, and Infrasound

We live in a very disturbing world where scientific evidence is sometimes called “fake news,” truth and lies are interchangeable, and a significant number of citizens believe conspiracy-theories, spread by social media. Sound familiar?