Author: Bobby Rondeau

Navigating Through the Pandemic: Operational Guidelines from Authorities in Audiology
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Navigating Through the Pandemic: Operational Guidelines from Authorities in Audiology

Providing health care services started getting tricky because of the limitations caused by COVID-19. Work is encumbered but it can continue. To keep the profession alive and capable of serving the people in need of hearing care, the principal authorities in audiology in the United Kingdom namely the British Academy of Audiology (BAA), the Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals (AIHHP), the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA), and the British Society of Audiology (BSA), have formulated and released the COVID-19 guidelines. This document contains the precautions, PPEs, and minimum standard health protocols that hearing care services providers need to follow to ensure their and their customers' safety. It was updated last January 2021. The aforementi...
Tapping into Deep Neural Networks Advancing Hearing Care Technology
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Tapping into Deep Neural Networks Advancing Hearing Care Technology

Thomas Behrens of Oticon has something to say regarding technological advancements in AI when it comes to hearing health. Behrens is the company’s Senior Director of the Centre for Applied Audiology Research. He has first-hand knowledge on the focus of hearing aid technology, how instruments are being developed, the benefits to users, etc. According to Behrens, they have uncovered new information about the brain’s auditory center which allowed them to reinvent hearing technology, focusing on deep neural networks instead of noise reduction. Behrens added that deep neural networks allow the brain to create a complete sound scene so it can focus on what it needs to pay attention to. To create these sound scenes, they developed an AI that can take more detail into account so that the per...
Can Drinking Coffee Make Men Less at Risk to Hearing Loss?
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Can Drinking Coffee Make Men Less at Risk to Hearing Loss?

The link between coffee and lower risks of hearing impairment is backed by a research team from the University of Madrid, the capital of Spain. The research team conducted a longitudinal study entitled Coffee consumption and risk of hearing impairment in men and women. It was participated by 16,142 men and 20,781 women. Before their coffee intake was recorded, their hearing was tested first. Throughout the 11-year research wherein the participants consumed 1.6 cups of coffee daily (on average), follow-up hearing tests were conducted twice. The results showed that men who consumed more coffee had a lower risk of developing hearing problems. The type of coffee was an insignificant variable. According to the researchers, this benefit may have stemmed from the coffee’s properties that pr...
Audiology Gatherings Are Coming to the US, Germany, and Poland
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Audiology Gatherings Are Coming to the US, Germany, and Poland

Amidst the fight against the pandemic, people are starting to come together face-to-face advance causes that matter. One of these causes is hearing health, and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology or ADA is spearheading a gathering for it. The event will take place in the Marriot Downtown Waterfront Hotel in Portland, Oregon from October 25 to 27, 2021. The conference is named AuDacity 2021. It will showcase selected presentations about innovations in audiology that will educate the attendees. In Germany, a meeting is also brewing, and it will happen from the 15th to 17th of September this year. This audiology meeting that will take place in Hanover, Germany is considered to be the biggest one on the planet. The 65th EUHA Congress organizers are said to announce their call for abstrac...