Benefits and Limitations of Cochlear Implantation for Single-Sided Deafness

Unilateral, SNHL, otherwise known as single-sided deafness, is estimated to occur in 2 – 5 per 1,000 school-age children and 0.11–0.14% of all adults. Those affected have a loss of hearing acuity on the affected side and impaired binaural hearing which negatively impacts sound source localization, understanding speech in noise (SIN) and overall quality of life (QoL).

Bimodal Neuromodulation of Tinnitus: Finding the Right Wire

It is always exciting news when a novel treatment for tinnitus makes it to market. Indeed, patients suffering from tinnitus often feel they do not have many options to improve their quality of life. “You have to live with it” is still “advice” given to them when they receive the diagnosis of tinnitus.

Age Adjustment in Audiometric Tests: Updated Results and Interpretations

Age adjustment is intended to represent the typical longitudinal hearing changes associated with age. In the US, age adjustments are not recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) or permitted by the Department of Defense. They are optional for workers within the scope of the US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) (i.e., general industry) and other regulatory bodies.

To the Brain and Back: A Potential Role for GABA in Speech-In-Noise Perception and Aging

Audiologists frequently receive complaints from older adults with hearing loss about their difficulty understanding speech in noise (SIN). As the brain ages, there are changes to its structure and function that could impede a listener’s ability to separate speech features from background noise. What are these changes, and how does this knowledge inform audiological practice?

A Case for Motivational Interviewing in Hearing Care

Self-determination theory (SDT) is a theory of motivation built on a set of assumptions about the nature of people and about the factors that give rise to action. Subsequent research continues to support the value of using the SDT framework to understand hearing rehabilitation behaviours involving hearing aids.


From the Labs to the Clinics

This year (2024), at various international audiology and otolaryngology conferences (e.g., AAA; ARO), we have heard about preliminary findings on the restoration of hearing in children after gene therapy. This follows from at least a decade of research studies in animal models of deafness due to single gene mutations where the correct gene insertion has been shown to be (a) possible, (b) safe, and (c) with some limited degree of efficacy. There are numerous up-to-date reviews of such studies.

Audiology in the Classrooms

Hilary Clinton coined the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child” in 1996, reminding us that everyone in the community plays a role in supporting children and families. For deaf and hard-of-hearing students, there is an “educational village,” with many dedicated people providing the services they need for successful learning. But who are these villagers?

The Way I Hear It

Murder Most Foul: Hearing Aid Version
Warning: The following column may contain content that some people find upsetting. Especially you, the HCP, so you may want to warn your clients!

Quick Answers

Question #1: What should audiologists tell their clients about hearing aids and reducing dementia risk?

Question #2: What should audiologists learn from the story of the retraction of the Jiang et al. paper about hearing aids and dementia?

Clinic Corner

As clinicians, we know that each patient’s journey can present unique challenges and complexities. Often, more advanced audiological care for patients who suffer from Tinnitus, Hyperacusis, Auditory Processing concerns, or a combination of these can demand both adaptability and flexibility. During these appointments, we often need to take a holistic approach to patient care and think quickly and outside the box when making clinical recommendations.

What’s New About Getting Older?

Communication enables social relationships. Positive social relationships can have widespread health benefits. In promoting healthy aging, could audiologists do more to overcome the social isolation and loneliness of those living with hearing loss?

CAA News

May 2024
1. Call Clinical-Research Grant Applications
2. Call for Contributed Poster and Podium Abstracts
3. Call for CAA Award Nominations
4. Webinar

Industry News

May 2024
1. Amplifon Listed Among The Global 2024 'Leading Employers'
2. GN's “New Norm” Free Photo Bank
3. Kate Dekok AUD, MBA Promoted to Vice President of Sales for Bernafon and Philips Canada
4. Adele Mansour Has Joined WSA Audiology Canada As The Regional Sales Manager And Field Trainer for Atlantic Canada
5. Marshall Chasin Interview
6. Ida Joins the Demant Group
7. AAO-HNS Publishes New 'Clinical Practice Guideline on Age‐Related Hearing Loss' for Clinicians in All Care Settings
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