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The Age of Telehealth

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.

Back to Basics: Linguistics 101 for Hearing Healthcare Professionals

The Speech Intelligibility Index (or SII) shows some interesting characteristics. The difference between 340 Hz and 3,400 Hz (coincidentally the bandwidth of the telephone) is fairly similar for continuous discourse, whereas there is a high frequency bias for nonsense syllables. That is, whenever there is a context to speech, there is a greater reliance on lower frequency sounds.

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