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“JAMA” Examines Improvements in Healthcare for Hearing Loss

A viewpoint article published on “JAMA Network” on World Hearing Day considers the ways in which large-scale, public healthcare systems can implement strategies to address hearing loss which include funding research, improving communication, and streamlining hearing care services.

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Letter: Concerns on “Competing in a New Era of Hearing Healthcare” from Dr Kim Cavitt

Dr Kim Cavitt voices concerns about ideas in a November Hearing Review article that she says could be problematic for hearing care professionals relative to insurers, scope of practice, and medical costs. The authors, Drs Robert Traynor and Jay Hall, respond.

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Asymptotic Hearing Loss: When Is a Metaphor Just a Metaphor?

Like all healthcare fields where the clinician needs to explain complex concepts to the lay public, metaphors are used. In the optical field, “nearsighted” and “farsighted” are actually good metaphors despite their simplicity and academic inaccuracy. In the field of audiology, we have the description of the audiogram with the piano keyboard across the top; a good explanation, but limited in that it’s only the right hand side of the keyboard and musical notes are not pure-tones.

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Benefit of Using Telecare for Dementia Patients with Hearing Loss and Their Caregivers

A large portion of individuals with dementia also have hearing loss. When these patients are fitted with hearing aids for the first time, the use and operation of the instruments can be a struggle, and the struggle often carries over to their caregivers. This research found that the use of teleaudiology via Signia TeleCare for these new hearing aid users increased awareness, improved benefit for several different communication settings, and reduced associated stress for the caregivers.

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