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Here’s a design concept for new hearing aids… Way to think forward!  Blending current trends with technology.

I’m not sure how much it’ll stir the hearing aid industry pot, but it’s a fresh way of thinking!  Check it out

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Hello everyone! Here’s my first blog!

RNL Bio, a South Korean company, claims to have helped improve hearing sensitivity in a student with hearing loss due to autoimmune disease .  A little over a year ago, this company cloned two dogs, magic and stem, from fat (adipose)-derived stem cells.

Adipose derived stem cells may have great potential for therapeutics to treat Alzheimer, diabetes, osteoarthritis and many other degenerative and obstinate diseases.

In addition to stem cell related therapy, RNL Bio has led the way in the banking of stem cells.  This kind of reminds me of Dr. Evil and his cryogenically preserved self. As the demand for preservation or banking of stem cells are rapidly growing. Stem cell banking has great business potential because it can be used not only for therapeutics to treat diseases but future cloning intention. RNL Bio operates stem cell banks for human individuals as well as dogs.

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Ah…. Holiday season is here! It’s a time for reconnecting with family and friends. But for the hard of hearing individual, this may be the time of year they want to avoid. Not because they don’t like family or friends; it’s because having a conversation in a noisy environment may be a daunting and sometimes embarrassing experience for some. Would you like to know how to communicate in a more effective way? Well, read on…

Here are some tips provided by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Although hearing aids are usually very beneficial, they, alone, may not enable the person with hearing loss to communicate successfully in all listening situations. As a family member or friend of a person with hearing loss, you can help make the most of hearing aids by following a few simple suggestions. Remember, communication involves at least two individuals: a talker who sends the message and a listener who receives the message.

Gain attention
Gain the listener’s attention before you begin talking, for example, by saying his or her name. Face him or her and make eye contact. If necessary, touch the listener’s hand, arm, or shoulder lightly. This simple gesture will prepare the listener to listen and allow him or her to hear the first part of the conversation.

Maintain eye contact
Visual communication is very important. Your facial expressions and body language add vital information to the communication. For example, you can “see” a person’s anger, frustration, and excitement by watching the expression on his or her face. Most listeners make use of lip-reading, naturally. By lip-reading, you can understand some sounds that are more difficult to hear. Lip-reading helps us understand speech, especially in difficult listening situations.

Hands off
When talking, try to keep your hands away from your face. Maintain good manners by not talking with food in your mouth. If you are a smoker, hold the cigarette in your hands while talking. You will produce clearer speech and allow the listener to make use of those visual cues.

Speak naturally
Speak distinctly, but without exaggeration. You do not need to shout. Shouting actually distorts the words. Try not to mumble, as this is very hard to understand, even for people with normal hearing. Speak at a normal rate, not too fast or too slow. Use pauses rather than slow speech to give the person time to process speech.

Rephrase, rather than repeat
If the listener has difficulty understanding something you said, find a different way of saying it. If he or she did not understand the words the first time, it’s likely he or she will not understand them a second time. So, try to rephrase it.

Reduce background noise
Try to reduce background noises when conversing. Turn off the radio or television. Move to a quiet corner or away from the noise source. When going to a restaurant or making dinner reservations, ask for a table away from the kitchen, server stations, or large parties. Take control of the environment; do not let it control you.

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Classic use of irony.

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Here is Part 1 of 2 of the Siemens Pure 700 Hearing aid review. Dr. Don will try the hearing aid out for 2 weeks and report his findings and provide a rating for the hearing aids. Hope you enjoy!

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Washington D.C.  (July) – The AG Bell Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) program wrapped up four days of whirlwind activities in Washington, D.C., which included panel exercises with local dignitaries, a tour of the White House, a ROPES course adventure and a special presentation at the U.S. Capitol. Finally, the 20 teens between the ages of 15 and 18 who are deaf or hard of hearing and use spoken language were treated to a closing night reception at The Volta Bureau, AG Bell headquarters in Washington, D.C.

LOFTimg6In observing LOFT, AG Bell’s Executive Director Alexander T. Graham commented that it reminded him of the C.S. Lewis quote, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’” Graham

continued that while White House tours and meetings in U.S. Capitol are likely to leave a lasting impression on these future leaders, “Nothing is more important than the friendships made during their four days in Washington, D.C. That’s what LOFT is all about—peers coming together.” The 2009 LOFT program is the kick-off AG Bell’s reinvestment in youth and family programming. Revised and new programs for parents and college-age adults are also underway.

AG Bell would like to especially thank its lead sponsors, Oticon and National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), as well as the MaxLOFTimg1 and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation and the Tenenbaum Family Foundation, for their support of this year’s program. Appreciation and thanks go to the volunteers that generously donated their time and expertise in their respective fields to help put on a fabulous program:

  • Al Hunt, noted political commentator, Bloomberg News
  • Varissa McMickens, Executive Director, D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
  • Rhona Friedman, Vice Chair, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
  • Ingrida Lusis, Director of Federal and Political Advocacy for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Dr. I. King Jordan, President Emeritus, Gallaudet University
  • Karen Peltz Strauss, co-founder, Coalition of Associations for Accessible Technology
  • Rachel Dubin, member, AG Bell Public Affairs Council
  • Josh Swiller, bestselling author and Visiting Professor, Gallaudet University

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MTV LOGOSomething we have known and preached, as audiologists, all these years is that extended periods of time listening to loud noises can cause hearing loss and tinnitus!  Nothing new!  At least a major organization such as MTV is putting themselves out there for this cause.   Let’s just hope Music-Induced Hearing loss is not the next COOL thing!

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