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WHO Releases New Safe Listening Standard

The Global Standard for Safe Listening at Venues and Events highlights six recommendations for implementation to ensure that venues and events limit the risk of hearing loss to their patrons while preserving high-quality sound and an enjoyable listening experience.

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We’re Almost There for Music…

Over the past several years, the hearing aid industry has responded to the need for improved hearing aid processing for the listening to, and the playing of, music. Better-configured A/D converters and a number innovations have provided great solutions. Marshall Chasin explains why emulating a single-channel processor might be the next “big step” forward for audiophiles with hearing aids.

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Notes from an Early-Deafened Musician

The typical image of a musician with hearing loss is someone like Beethoven, who lost his hearing long after spending a lifetime learning, playing, or composing aural music. What is lost in this image is the fact that there are individuals like myself, who acquire significant hearing loss shortly after birth or in early adolescence, yet fall in love with aural music during this same period in their lives.

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Composing with Hearing Loss

Composing music when you have a severe hearing loss can be a real challenge. For example, one has to listen with high acuity to the musical tracks using headphones or in-ear monitors that, by nature, make hearing aid use very difficult or impossible. Here are some insights from an accomplished composer who has devised several solutions for the creation of great music.

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Loss Plus Correction Equals Baseline

Recommendations for a “Musicians’ Package” for Hearing Aid Users: A Smartphone app that has a 5- or even 10-band equalizer to modify music output. It should also be able to enable or disable automatic controls easily, such as feedback and attenuation levels, without a visit to the audiologist.

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