Following are a selection of interesting news items from our field. This section will be updated on a continuous basis so check back often in between issues, to see what is new.

World Hearing Day

Source: WHO

12 February 2019 | GENEVA: Nearly 50% of people aged 12-35 years - or 1.1 billion young people - are at risk of hearing loss due to prolonged and excessive exposure to loud sounds, including music they listen to through personal audio devices. Ahead of World Hearing Day (3 March), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have issued a new international standard for the manufacture and use of these devices, which include smartphones and audio players, to make them safer for listening.


Alberta’s Youngest Cochlear Implant Patient Now a Lawyer

Source: Edmonton Journal

Edmonton's Keira Lintz is about to become one of the few deaf lawyers in the last decade called to the Alberta bar. "I've always wanted to be a lawyer, pretty much ever since elementary school," Lintz said. "Without my cochlear implant, I can't hear a thing whatsoever, so it's a big part of how I got here today." Twenty-six years ago, then two-year-old Lintz was one of the youngest children in Alberta to get the implant. Now, even children under a year old are considered candidates

Ohio Opens the Way for the Hearing Impaired to Obtain Commercial Driver’s Licenses

Source: Audiology WorldNews

Three Ohio state government agencies have teamed up to find a way for deaf or hearing impaired Ohioans, who qualify for a federal hearing exemption waiver, to train and test to get commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs).

Ancient Fossils Show Inner Workings of Prehistoric Whale Ears

Source: Reuters

The well-preserved fossils of an ancient cetacean, dubbed Echovenator sandersi, are offering researchers clues about how prehistoric whales developed ultrasonic hearing and echolocation. Echovenator lived about 27 million years ago, and its ear has many features in common with modern whales that allow them to detect ultrasonic frequencies, according to a study published in Current Biology.

New Malaysian Starbucks to be Staffed by Deaf Baristas

Source: Hearing Health Matters

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Global coffee giant, Starbucks, has announced that it will be opening a café in Malaysia that is dedicated to employing baristas who are Deaf or hard of hearing.The new café will be open to all customers, not just the Deaf and hard of hearing community.

Deaf man Rushed to Hospital Discovers No Sign Language Interpreter Available

Source: CBC News

The case of a deaf man who was unable to get a qualified sign language interpreter when he was rushed to the Saint John Regional Hospital with a suspected heart attack has highlighted the shortage of resources for the deaf and hard of hearing in New Brunswick, according to an advocate.

Prevalence, Severity of Tinnitus in the US

Source: ScienceDaily

Approximately one in 10 adults in the US have tinnitus, and durations of occupational and leisure time noise exposures are correlated with rates of tinnitus and are likely targetable risk factors, according to a study.

US, NSF to put $400M into Advanced Wireless Research Initiative for 5G networks

Source: TechCrunch

As President Obama approaches the end of his tenure in the White House, his team is launching a wireless networking research project that it hopes could be part of his wider legacy in the world of tech.

Today’s Teenagers Could Become Prematurely Hearing-Impaired, Study Warns

Source: ScienceDaily

According a recent study, teenagers are increasingly experiencing tinnitus, often a symptom of hearing loss, as a result of using ear buds to listen to music for long periods every day, as well as frequenting very noisy places like nightclubs, discos and rock concerts. The researchers observed that most of the teenagers who took part in the study reported risky listening habits, and those who reported experiencing tinnitus displayed less tolerance of loud sounds.

New Discovery on How the Inner Ear Works

Source: ScienceDaily

Parts of the inner ear that process sounds such as speech and music seem to work differently than other parts of the inner ear, researchers have discovered.