World Hearing Day 2016

 

Dear Readers,

For the past few years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been raising awareness for hearing care through their annual advocacy event: World Hearing Day. Last year, their theme was “Make Listening Safe”. Last March, we shared with you some of the posters, infographics and learning tools the WHO published on their website aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of excessive noise and preventing noise-induced hearing loss.

A startling statistic shared by the WHO suggests over 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss. As a result, they are promoting the following as ways to make listening safe:

1- Keep the volume down

2- Limit time spent engaged in noisy activities

3- Heed the warning sings of hearing loss

4- Monitor safe listening levels through the use of smartphone apps

5- Get regular hearing check-ups Read More


Auditory Brainstem Response (ABRs)

Dear Readers,

Have you ever wondered how audiologists can diagnose or rule out hearing loss in patients who are difficult to test? How does an audiologist know how loud they need to set hearing aids for someone who can’t provide feedback? Take for example, infants, very young children, people with significant developmental disorders or other imparements – they can’t always acknowledge when they hear tones during a routine hearing test, nor can they always provide accurate feedback to the audiologist when programming their hearing aids. In these cases, audiologists need to employ alternative testing methods, and this is where auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing comes in.

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