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Tinnitus with a Normal Audiogram

Is Hearing Damage Missed by Conventional Testing?



Tinnitus with a Normal Audiogram

We must establish conventions for physiological testing (devices and signal processing) and adopt them internationally; conduct additional thoughtful experiments; implement tighter controls (age, biological sex, occupation); and because the effects of hearing damage on physiological function are likely small, drastically increase the sample sizes of studies. No matter the outcome, at a minimum, patients with tinnitus will likely require assessment beyond the conventional audiogram for clinicians to better understand the status of the ear.

Striking the Right Balance – Looking to the Future of Vestibular Practice in Canada

In this edition of “Striking the Right Balance,” Carolyn Falls, MClSc writes an opinion piece about the future of vestibular audiology practice in Canada. This is part one of a two-part series; stay tuned for a future article by Emma Leblanc who will look at education and practice differences between the United States and Canada.

Mysteries of the Hearing Brain – Our Amazing Auditory Brains

Given that older listeners rely on cognitive functions, such as working memory or attention, to improve speech understanding in difficult listening situations, it may be useful to develop auditory-cognitive training programs that target the older CI listener's needs.

Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

In sum, hearing loss is not just expressed as a failure to comprehend speech—it is also expressed as the increased effort required to comprehend speech. In the future, this cognitive side of hearing loss will need to be measured and considered to optimize hearing assessment and rehabilitation.

A New Partnership

Sarah Mason and Dave Gordey share the news of CAA’s new partnership with the Ida Institute, an independent non-profit organization, whose mission is to advance person-centred care for hearing health care.

Disinfecting Hearing Aids with UV Light: Yes or No?

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised questions about the general efficacy of ultraviolet (UV) light for disinfecting hearing aid surfaces. Is it effective? The short answer: it depends.

NAL Mask Adjustments To Overcome the Effect of Face Masks for Hearing Aid Users

Wearing masks degrade the intelligibility of speech, specifically by decreasing the audibility of the higher frequency consonants. Several manufacturers (Signia and Starkey) have already included software programming that will compensate for this, but the NAL has come out with "corrections" that can be added as a "wearing a mask" program.


Issues in Accessibility

This article is the first of a two-part series discussing how the field of audiology can modernize its approach to enhance telecommunication usability for people living with hearing loss. The current article will discuss issues related to the new telecommunication needs of our audiology patients and part two will include a brochure designed to help navigate the various technological options available to improve telecommunication usage.

Audiology in the Classrooms

In the spring, in the article Online Learning Success for Students with Hearing Loss, Pam talked about what online learning should look like for our students; In this issue she’s going to share what in-class and online learning is looking like this year.

The Way I Hear It

Gael tells us about a recent experience with her father and how some seniors won’t bring up the subject of hearing loss – so the ball needs to go into the physician’s court.

Noisy Notes

The “golden rule” for performing an audiometric test requires the use of a booth; however, there are circumstances where booths are absent.

From the Labs to the Clinics

It seems like a lifetime ago that COVID-19 crept into our lives, but it was only three issues of Canadian Audiologist ago that I wrote about “The Virus and Hearing Loss.” So, what’s new?

Industry News

Tribute Marjorie D. Skafte, Hearing Healthcare Editor and Publisher From: Nov 2, 2020. Used with Permission Marjorie D. Skafte, the longtime editor and publisher of Hearing Instruments magazine and publisher emeritus and a founding editor of The Hearing Review, died on October 25 at age 99.Skafte was born in the small farming town of Osseo, Wis, graduated...
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