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Volume 10

Churchill’s Hearing Loss

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955, is widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century.  He was also a British army officer, historian, writer, Nobel Prize winner in Literature, artist, and the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.  Wayne looks at his use of a hearing aid (hearing aids, plural, were not fitted at that time).

Volume 9

Non-Auditory Effects of Environmental Noise

The study of non-auditory effects of everyday environmental noise such as sleep disruptions and annoyance are not traditionally part of audiology. Most of the researchers are not audiologists, and the journals, while well-respected and peer-reviewed, are not mainstream audiology publications. This white paper is a primer for this important area of study and will also appear on the Canadian Academy of Audiology website at

Volume 8

Risk Factors Associated With Environmental Pressure Changes on Tympanic Membrane Rupture and Ear Damage

A first concern when presenting pressure into the ear canal that involves the tympanic membrane relates to risk – will it be uncomfortable, could it rupture the tympanic membrane (eardrum), could it cause other damage to the external auditory canal, or have other side effects? This rational question must be answered about any product that results in pressure changes in the ear canal.

Hearing and Hearing Aid Journals – Gone But Not Forgotten

Aside from textbooks, a variety of journals related to hearing, hearing aids, and associated topics have been used by hearing professionals to educate themselves in methods and procedures to better identify and manage hearing loss. This article recalls a few of the periodicals that no longer exist, or if they currently exist, are now available under another name.

Volume 6

Sound Branding

Wayne Staab ponders the question, “Can a sound can be branded?”

HOG’s Sweet Sound

Wayne Staab explores why many people seem to enjoy the loud sounds of their beloved “Hog.”

Movies Too Loud? Still?

Wayne Staab explores the question of whether the high loudness levels of many movies help to tell the story or intended to cover a weak story?

Volume 5

Part 1: Hearing Aid Battery – Where Are We?

In this issue’s installment, Wayne Staab takes a two-part look at the evolution of the hearing aid battery.

Vintage Hearing Aid Batteries

Wayne Staab take us through a look back at some of the commonly used batteries and cells of yesteryear, but which are not generally found today.

Volume 4

Stories From Our Past

A recently found box of “old hearing aids” left Wayne Staab to muse about how old some of these might be, and if there were any interesting features/design characteristics. And, why did he keep them?