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Sensaphonics’ 3D Active Ambient System Used by Dave Amato of REO Speedwagon

Dave Amato, lead guitarist of REO Speedwagon, shares his experiences (and audiograms!) regarding in-ear monitors that have helped save his residual hearing. “Dr Santucci made it very clear to me that I had to change and start wearing both earpieces if I wanted to save my hearing,” says Amato. “...It changed my life.”

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Apple Launches Features for Those with Hearing Loss

Apple announced the introduction of software features “designed for people with mobility, vision, hearing, and cognitive disabilities.” According to Apple's announcement, “these next-generation technologies showcase Apple’s belief that accessibility is a human right and advance the company’s long history of delivering industry-leading features that make Apple products customizable for all users.”

How Do Medical Masks Degrade Speech Reception?

This study shows that each type of medical mask essentially functions as a low-pass acoustic filter for speech, attenuating the high frequencies (2000-7000 Hz) spoken by the wearer by 3 to 4 dB for a simple medical mask and close to 12 dB for the N95 masks. In the era of Covid-19, Alexander Goldin, Barbara Weinstein, and Nimrod Shiman also explain how some of these problems might be overcome.

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