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Workshop: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a workshop in Washington, DC on April 18, 2017 to examine several crucial issues raised by hearing health and technology, particularly hearing aids and devices with similar functions and features. The workshop will bring together researchers, health care providers, industry representatives, consumer representatives, policymakers, and others to examine ways in which enhanced competition and innovation might increase the availability and adoption of hearing aids by those consumers who need them.

The daylong workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Constitution Center, 400 7th St. SW, Washington, DC 20024. Pre-registration is advised. A detailed agenda will be published at a later date. Information about reasonable accommodations is available on the conference website. A live webcast of the workshop will be available on the day of the event.
For more information please visit the workshop website.

Source: HLAA-DC Chapter



The Oxford Club
Emerging Trends Strategist
by Matthew Carr

We’re hurtling toward a future of complete internet immersion. Soon, we will be connected to the web not just by one or two devices on our person...

But a whole array.

It’s projected that by 2020 - not even four short years away - the wearables market will be worth $34 billion.
That’s a 142% increase from the roughly $14 billion it’s worth today.
Estimates are that the average consumer will be outfitted with three to eight wearable devices in the coming years.
To be clear, that's in addition to the standard arsenal of a smartphone, tablet and laptop.

Read entire article  . . . . Wearables


Hearing aids underused, say authors

Science Daily
September 19, 2016
A new study examined if the rate of age-related hearing loss is constant in the older old (80 years and older). Scientists concluded that hearing loss rapidly accelerates over the age of 90. Furthermore, authors suggest that hearing aids are underused in this population.
In a study published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Anil K. Lalwani, M.D., of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, and colleagues examined if the rate of age-related hearing loss is constant in the older old (80 years and older).
Read more  . . . hearing loss  . . . after age 90


Study shows architecture of audition likely based on innate factors

Harvard Gazette
By Peter Reuell, Harvard Staff Writer
July 18, 2016

The neural architecture in the auditory cortex — the part of the brain that processes sound — is virtually identical in profoundly deaf and hearing people, a new study has found.

The study raises a host of new questions about the role of experience in processing sensory information, and could point the way toward potential new avenues for intervention in deafness. The study is described in a June 18 paper published in Scientific Reports.

The paper was written by Ella Striem-Amit, a postdoctoral researcher in Alfonso Caramazza’s Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory at Harvard, Mario Belledonne from Harvard, Jorge Almeida from the University of Coimbra, and Quanjing Chen, Yuxing Fang, Zaizhu Han, and Yanchao Bi from Beijing Normal University.

Read more  . . . auditory cortex


HLAA - DC Walk Details

Walk page:

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Cameron Run Regional Park
4001 Eisenhower Ave
Alexandria, VA

9am - Registration/Check-in
10am - Walk begins
Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

Walk Chairs:
Ann Rancourt
Ronnie Adler



People with hearing loss often need help in determining how best to address their needs. Hearing aids can be very helpful. But they come with a wide variety of optional features including, but not limited to, telecoils, directional microphones, noise suppression, feedback cancellation, Bluetooth, self-adjusting volume controls, etc. Which ones do you need? And then what other technologies and personal strategies should you consider, recognizing that even well-fitted, top of the line, hearing aids, while very useful, have important limitations? Finding the right answer for yourself involves both reflection and advice from the professionals -- a personal hearing needs assessment. Come hear Dr. Larry Medwetsky address this important topic.

Dr. Larry Medwetsky is Associate Professor and Chairman of the Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences Department at Gallaudet University.  His specialties include spoken language processing, diagnostic assessment, hearing aid amplification, hearing assistive technology, educational audiology, and hearing loss prevention.

Date and Time: Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2:00pm

Place: DC Public Library at Tenleytown (large meeting room), 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 (less than a block from the Tenleytown Station on Metro’s Red Line)

Real-time captioning and a looping system will be available for all attendees.

All are welcome. There is no charge.


Montgomery County Public Library (MCPL) presents:Deaf-hearing-siblings

Author Talk: Deaf and Hearing Siblings in Conversation

Event Type: Author Event
Age Group(s): All Ages
Date: 4/24/2016
Start Time: 1:30 PM

 Authors Marla Berkowitz and Judy Jonas will share insights from their book, "Deaf and Hearing Siblings in Conversation" based on individual interviews with deaf and hearing adult siblings. Sibling relationships change over time and cover a continuum from intimate to hostile. The authors describe roles deaf and hearing siblings engage in to manage communication challenges and offer suggestions for healthy adult relationships. The authors will invite the audience to tell tales about Deaf and Hearing Siblings.

Library: Bethesda    Map 

7400 Arlington Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814

Register here



The Better Hearing Consumer 
By Gael Hannan

How’s this for a salad bar of communication strategies?

Hearing aids. Cochlear implants. Speechreading skills. Assistive listening devices. Telecoils and looping. Bluetooth. Captioning on TV, at the movies, on our smartphones.  Assertiveness in having our needs met. Manipulating our listening environment with lighting, good sight lines, and low-or-no background noise.

People with hearing loss pick and choose the ones they need, want, or can afford in order to communicate to their best ability. And with the right attitude, it usually works. But what about those days when attitude turns sour, when coping with hearing loss becomes a grind? At times like this, what are you gonna do?

Get out of town.

Read more . . . The Outdoor Cure


With cochlear implants, people can turn the noise around them on and off at will.

The Atlantic
MAR 7, 2016

My son travels between silence and sound each day.

He received his first cochlear implant when he was a year old. Now in middle school, he’s spent almost his whole life with the ability to turn off the world’s noise at will. In the morning, he attaches the external magnets of his cochlear implants to each side of his head, where they transmit sound from the microphones and speech processors worn over his ears. The electrode arrays in each of his cochleae then stimulate the auditory nerve, and zap, he “hears.”

With his implant, he’s become part of a new generation of profoundly deaf kids who are assimilated into the mainstream hearing world. In 1989, the Food and Drug Administration approved cochlear implants for children aged 2 years or older; in 2000, the agency green-lit implants for kids as young as 12 months. In the wake of those approvals, thousands of parents like me—with no connection to Deaf culture or knowledge of American Sign Language—have opted to have their children receive implants. (More than 90 percent of congenitally deaf babies are born to typical-hearing parents.)

Read more . . . Living in Between



Damage to inner ear of teen is an overlooked potential health risk to vaping
Nicotine reduces oxygen in the bloodstream and decreases blood flow

The Sacramento Bee
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as many as 2.4 million teens use electronic cigarettes, and that 70 percent of middle and high school students have been exposed to e-cig advertising.|

There’s renewed attention to the potential health risks of e-cigs, but overlooked is the danger to the hearing of young people. A study published last June confirmed confirmed the adverse effects of smoking on the inner ear of adolescents.

While e-cigarettes do not produce carbon monoxide, tar and other toxic chemicals associated with regular cigarettes, most include nicotine. While nicotine’s toxic effects on the ear are not fully understood, it is well established that nicotine reduces oxygen in the bloodstream and decreases blood flow.



Puro Labs Bluetooth headphones review:
These cans promise protection from noise-induced hearing loss
by Theo Nicolakis
Jan 21, 2016

Hearing is a precious gift. And while everyone’s hearing declines naturally with age, our lifestyle choices can be a key factor in noise-induced hearing loss. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, as many as 16 percent of teens (children aged 12 to 19) have reported some hearing loss that could have been caused by loud noise—including listening to music while wearing headphones.

Prolonged exposure to loud noise—especially at higher volumes—can cause permanent hearing damage in a surprisingly short amount of time. Puro Sound Labs promises its Bluetooth headphones can reduce your risk of noise-induced hearing loss while listening to music. The company sent its model BT-2200 (for kids) and model BT-5200 (for adults) for this evaluation.

Read full  . . . . Review



Hearing Health & Technology Matters
By Angela Loavenbruck

In my last entry, I examined the mythical elephant PCAST created in its examination of the hearing healthcare system. The creature seemed to be purely product – no professional services needed – and closely resembled the vision of the Consumer Electronics Association and PSAP manufacturers.

In many ways, the PCAST report is the epitome of the commoditization of hearing healthcare.

The word audiologist was barely used in the report while the more generic “dispenser” and “hearing health care provider” were used more often. Without any evidence whatsoever, the PCAST vision delegated those with mild to moderate hearing loss – the largest category of hearing impaired individuals – into a category where self-diagnosis, self-fitting and self-adjusting are all that is needed.

Read More . . . hearing healthcare system



Center for Hearing Loss Help
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
January 3, 2016

If you have tinnitus you need to stop focusing on your tinnitus. Constantly and repetitiously mulling over your tinnitus will only make your tinnitus worse. Therefore, you need to consciously choose notto dwell on it.

Instead, focus on living a happy productive life. Get involved in fun activities, productive projects, and the loves of your life. When you are thoroughly wrapped up in something that is exciting or enticing to you, your tinnitus will not be important enough for your brain to even bother decoding it.

As I have said numerous times to people with tinnitus, “Did you ever notice that when you are passionately kissing your spouse, you don’t hear your tinnitus?” They all get a surprised look on their faces, followed by a knowing look as they realize this is true.

Read more  . . . Tinnitus


Jan 13, 2016

Three simple habits may be the key to better hearing this year.

Contributed by Debbie Clason, staff writer for Healthy Hearing | Monday, January 11th, 2016

If you’ve resolved to get healthier in 2016, you’re in good company. Of the top ten New Year’s resolutions in 2015, three of them were health related. Naturally, as hearing health advocates we want you to consider including specific hearing health resolutions on your list. Didn’t make one this year? No worries — it’s not too late. The following habits are healthy for your ears no matter what time of year you decide to adopt them.

It's the second week of the New Year! If you're still looking for a few worthy goals, consider focusing on these three habits for healthy hearing in 2016!

Read More  . . . . resolutions

New study connects sound deprivation to permanent hearing loss
Don't wait to seek medical attention if you're experiencing temporary hearing loss due to ear infection or cold. 

Five reasons to take your hearing health seriously in 2016
Hearing loss is connected to your overall health and well-being in ways you might not realize. Here are five hearing-related health issues that may make you think about getting your hearing tested.

Be an advocate for hearing health
Whether you or your loved one has hearing loss or not, we can all be advocates for hearing health awareness. Let's make hearing loss a priority in 2016!

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