Volume 9

Message from the Editor-in-Chief

Non-auditory Effects of Lower-Level Environmental Noise This issue of CanadianAudiologist.ca is about audiology and also not about audiology. The topic of how lower levels of environmental noise affect the body has been formally studied since 1946, yet has not shown anything definitive about long-term effects related to sleep disruption, annoyance, or overall stress. The following…

Message from the Editor-in-Chief

In 2020, Saunders and her colleagues published a really neat report in Ear and Hearing, with a rather lengthy title “Electronic health records as a platform for audiological research: data validity, patient characteristics and hearing-aid use persistence among 731,213 US Veterans.”1  They were interested in developing a novel research technique by which the follow-up behaviours…

Message from the Editor

This editorial begins with a common clinical occurrence: “A 63-year-old woman scheduled an appointment for an audiological evaluation because she has observed hearing difficulty in noisy environments…. The audiological exam revealed normal hearing sensitivity through 4000 Hz, dropping to a mild sensorineural hearing loss at 6000-8000 Hz bilaterally. Word recognition ability was excellent bilaterally. She…

Volume 8

Message from the Editor-in-Chief

How We Became “Unethical” Modern policies are often based on long-standing and sometimes archaic points of view or funding practices. For example, in audiology, many of the services currently provided are based on how these services were paid for in the past. It was not unusual to find an audiology practice specializing in one area…

Message from the Editor-in-Chief

I recall as a student discussing the softest sound that can perforate an eardrum. We had learned all about the quietest sound across the frequency range that was still audible, but little was mentioned on the other end of the scale, above the pain threshold.  I recall sitting down in a bar with my classmates, trying…

Celebrating Dr. Nina Kraus

Dr. Nina Kraus is being celebrated in this special issue of CanadianAudiologist.  To be fair, Nina’s work is being feted, but it is almost impossible to separate Nina from her work.  Nina’s passion is boundless, and it would be naïve to think that we can separate Nina from her work, or for that matter, from…

Message from the Editor-in-Chief

Equality and Equity Our cover feature article in this issue of CanadianAudiologist is “Spotlight on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Canadian University Audiology Programs”, by Dekota Clayton, Anne Griffin, Dana Song and Janine Verge.  Equity has always fascinated me, even when quite early in my audiology career.   I recall having a conversation with a friend…

Message from the Editor-in-Chief

The ear canal is an amazingly complex structure In virtually every audiology clinic in the world, we will probably find a large framed picture or poster of the human ear’s various parts.  And the outer ear will usually be shown as an almost straight cylinder, perhaps with a gradual S-shaped curve.   This is great for…

Message from the Editor-in-Chief

I admit to being a voyeur … at least, I admit to being a historical voyeur!  My favourite fiction book is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.  This book was written over 100 years ago, about a time 100 years before that.  Although it is fiction, it does give some insight into how…

Volume 7

Clinical Trade-Offs

Audiology is a field of clinical trade-offs. While it is true that some of our forms of assessment are both a “gold standard” and are clinically efficient, most of what is accomplished clinically is only about half-way there.  Pure tone audiometry immediately comes to mind. This test is easy to do, is quick, and is ubiquitous…