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Infants’ Language More Advanced Than First Words

Assessments in 11-12 month-olds show that infants at the cusp of talking are already processing multiword phrases such as ‘clap your hands’. Researchers say the study is the first to provide evidence that young children can pick up and understand multiword sequences before they can talk or begin producing such combinations themselves. An article summarizing the research appears on the University of Edinburgh website.

Compression Speed and Cognition: A Variable Speed Compressor for All

In the past 15 years, research has suggested that people with hearing loss might benefit from either fast or slow compression depending on their cognitive status. This article reviews the concept of compressor speed and its possible relationship to cognitive capacity and also looks at how the Variable Speed Compressor (VSC) used in the BEYOND hearing aid may allow optimal speech understanding for people with all cognitive backgrounds.

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Issues in Cognitive Screenings by Audiologists

The discovery and management of cognitive issues, which may masquerade as or occur in tandem with hearing problems, allows the hearing healthcare professional to better address the global needs of the patient in a timely manner. In this article, Douglas Beck, Barbara Weinstein, and Michael Harvey advocate for the universal cognitive screening of patients aged 70 and older with hearing loss, even in the absence of obvious signs or symptoms of cognitive impairment.

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Beyond Audibility: The Role of Supra-threshold Auditory Processing and Cognition in Presbycusis

Studies demonstrate that, even in the absence of elevated audiometric thresholds, various levels of speech processing are affected by age and co-occur with changes in cognition and a decline in the sensitivity to supra-threshold temporal cues. Christian Füllgrabe, PhD, says that, from a clinical perspective, this indicates a need for diagnostic tests in addition to the audiogram when assessing the hearing of older people.

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Dr Frank Lin Details Consequences of Age-related Hearing Loss and Future Avenues at ADA Convention Keynote

Dr Lin, one of the most widely respected researchers in the area of hearing loss and cognition, presented a 1-hour keynote that touched on many of today’s hottest topics in hearing healthcare, including the relationship between hearing, cognition, and general health, as well as the dynamic hearing aid distribution system.

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