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Hearing Aid Use for Patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Marc Fagelson writes about how awareness and consideration of the special needs of patients with PTSD – the increased need to monitor the acoustical environment, manage exaggerated startle response to sound, decreased sound tolerance, and tinnitus – will enhance the role of the audiologist in their care.

Acoustic Shock

For some people exposed to loud noises symptoms can develop including hypervigilance, anxiety, depression, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This symptom cluster following unexpected noise exposure through telecommunications equipment became known as acoustic shock injury, acoustic shock disorder, acoustic shock syndrome or simply acoustic shock.

Self-Disclosing Sexual Preference as a Health Care Professional

Janine Verge explains how, when it comes to personal disclosure, you will have to balance several values with every patient: what is best for the patient, being consistent/truthful with your own personal values, and your own professional and personal safety.

The Quick and Dirty on Hyperacusis

Glynnis Tidball give us The Quick and Dirty on Hyperacusis and tells us how we can help our clients to understand their reaction to sound and, with the right tools, help them to increase sound tolerance and enjoy the world of sound again.


Striking the Right Balance

Have you been thinking that you would like to offer something for your patients with balance disorders but are not quite sure what to do? Have you considered Tai Chi?

The Way I Hear It

Gael Hannan wonders if people with hearing loss have unrealistic expectations with friends and love ones when it comes to remembering their communication challenges.

The Wired Audiologist

Peter recently had the pleasure of chatting with an audiologist who has incorporated speech perception in noise testing as part of her regular clinical protocol.

Other People's Ideas

Via the fine blogs at, Calvin Staples discovers just how much larger and even more is fascinating audiology really is.


Wayne Staab explores the possibility to overcoming hearing aid power disadvantages by extracting (harvesting) energy from either the human or the environment involved.

Stories from Our Past

Dr. Neil Bauman breaks out the audiology time machine and takes us on a fascinating look at the “Hearing Aids of Yesteryear.”

From the Centre Out

In this issue’s From the Centre Out, Kim Tillery fills us in on some of the excellent CAPD current resources available.

Noisy Notes

After 12 years there is now a new version of CSA Standard Z94.2 “Hearing protection devices Performance, Selection, Care, and Use.” Alberto Behar and Tim Kelsall bring us the highlights.

Science Matters

In this issue’s Science Matters, Kasey Jaikien and Frederick Gallun suggest that if even when the audiogram is normal that it may be worthwhile to investigate a potential central auditory processing (CAP) deficit.

Back to Basics

Marshall Chasin has all the (audiology) answers on how to evade a bat’s echolocation signal and come up with a survival strategy.
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