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Breaking the Vicious Circles that Perpetuate Negative Attitudes Towards Hearing Care

Curtis Alcock explores the widely held assumption that people don’t want to be seen wearing hearing technology. Believing this, the industry has develop hearing solutions designed to be concealed. He wonders why hearing care professionals suggest people want to keep it hidden? Out of all the positive messages we could have focused on, why chose a negative one?

Dr. Donald Henderson 1938-2017

In honour of the recent passing of Don Henderson, we reprint a 2012 look back on his outstanding career.

Science Matters – From Person-Centred Moments to Person-Centred Culture

Laya Poost-Foroosh investigates the barriers in health professional practice for developing and enacting person-centred care. She found that organizational culture plays an important role in clinicians’ familiarity with PCC and awareness of contextual barriers to PCC. Her research showed that health professionals who have support from their organizations have more opportunities to practice in a person-centred way, rather than performing person-centred moments.

Verifying Monaurally and Binaurally Linked Telephone Programs

The tele-test handset provides an excellent means to measure the frequency response, gain and advanced features of hearing aid telecoil-based phone programs. This tool, paired with monitoring and follow-up, can help with troubleshooting and may contribute to increased patient use and satisfaction with telecoil-based hearing aid phone programs in their own environments by preventing dispensing of inappropriate telecoil responses.


Other People's Ideas

Courtesy of our friends at, Calvin Staples has serves up a little food for thought. Blogs include topics that all coincide with our hearing or our ears. These blogs will hopefully provide some extra material for your next patient encounter or family/friend gathering!


The hearing professional has to remember that the hearing aid is a complicated hardware device.  Many things could and do happen to affect the way that it operates.  Sometimes, only by running an objective test is a defect found in what otherwise seems to be a perfect hearing aid. Frye and Staab look at the advantages of hearing aid analyzers.

Noisy Notes

Dr. John Howard subs in for Alberto Behar with this issue’s Noisy Notes. We are pleased to provide a reprint from NIOSH about the launch of their new sound level meter app.

Grand Central Station

Dr. Kelly Tremblay joins Canadian Audiologist with her new column, “Grand Central Station.” Grand Central Station” is aimed at connecting clinicians with science, acknowledging that this is sometimes a two-way return trip. Readers will be invited to submit their questions regarding a research topic/article and these questions will be responded to, based on published research.

Back to Basics

Marshall Chasin asked a few colleagues in the industry and in the clinic to provide their thoughts (some may consider these as “rants”) about what they would change if they could. These colleagues have been practicing long enough to see many changes in technology and professional service delivery and kindly offer their perspective as to what we might change, if only we could.

The Wired Audiologist

Peter Stelmacovich tells us that a need for reducing the negative consequences of UHL definitely exist. Although care must be taken to ensure that the treatment option chosen is carefully selected and produces the desired functional outcome, there is no need to ignore treating UHL.

From the Labs to the Clinics

Renowned audiologist and researcher Robert Harrison joins Canadian Audiogist as a regular contributor with our new “From the Labs to the Clinics” column.
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