When I first started in this field there were two types of earmold materials that were in common usage: Lucite and Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC; Lucite being “hard” and PVC being “soft.” Since the mid-1990s, PVC earmolds such as Formaseal and Protint have given way to various forms of silicon-based materials.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all of us in varying ways and our industry is responding admirably, pulling together to balance the need for provision with patient safety, while keeping infection risk as low as possible for audiologists and other clinical practitioners.Read More
Every crisis has a silver lining and one of the clear front-runners during the COVID-19 pandemic is the increased use of virtual healthcare visits, says author Archelle Georgiou, MD. Telehealth for getting medical care over the Internet has been available for more than 20 years, but use of the technology was low until the pandemic severely restricted providers and patients from having face-to-face visits.Read More
COVID-19 has transformed healthcare. The clinician’s role has taken on an increased significance. Because of this, it has sped up the adoption of technology to keep the hearing healthcare professional and the patient connected, even when social distancing is keeping them apart.Read More
Were we, as an industry, ready for the pandemic? That remains to be seen. What is certain is that the pandemic brought what the professionals are calling a “watershed moment” to the audiology industry, which promoted a positive outlook on remote and telehealth care.Read More
Apple announced its latest operating system, iOS14, which includes another step towards its wireless headphones becoming a hearing-aid-like device.Read More
Using recommendations from the CDC, audiologist A.U. Bankaitis Smith, PhD, provides practical advice (in writing and in a short video) about safe alternatives when infection control supplies are in short supply.Read More