Inside the ear is still a mystery. Millions of people are affected by hearing loss and other ear problems. Research into the causes of these problems is difficult. That’s because our hearing and balance organs are found deep within the skull, hidden and protected inside the temporal bones. For researchers trying to learn about ear problems, it is not easy to examine these hidden organs directly in living people. Studying donated temporal bones after death is one of the best ways to learn about the causes of ear disorders, and to devise new treatments and cures. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Temporal Bone Registry enlists people with ear disorders to be donors of their temporal bones after their death. We have information in our office about this valuable program, or we would encourage to visit www.tbregistry.org
The Connecticut Academy of Audiology Annual Conference was June 8th. Of particular interest to Jennifer was the morning session given by Dr. Benjamin Wycherlry, Otolaryngologist. He spoke about the causes of single-sided deafness and both non-surgical and surgical treatment options, including contralateral routing of sound hearing aids (CROS), bone anchored auditory implants and cochlear implantation.
Download the Listen Carefully app for iPhone or Android. Use the hearing screener to quickly evaluate your hearing and determine if it's within a normal range or if you might have hearing loss. The sound meter allows you to measure noise levels wherever you are.
WIDEX launches new “world’s first real-time machine learning” hearing solution. Jennifer attended seminar re: this innovative “intelligent” hearing aid system on May 17th in Farmington, CT. Widex EVOKE learns directly from the patient interaction with their APP in which they complete a simple A/B comparison task to optimize their real-world listening experience. This feature allows the patient to directly modify the listening environment for subjective improvements in understanding and comfort.
Samantha Sekator (our graduate intern for the last 3 summers) received the Top Poster Award for Excellent in Research at the American Academy of Audiology Convention. We couldn’t be prouder of Sam! Sam (pictured on the right) is in her first year of graduate school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and already making her mark in the field of Audiology!
Of all the products that we have tried over the years, this is our favorite for itchy and/or dry ears. ProEar by Muracell is a plant-based formula with carefully selected moisturizers for dry ears. Dry ears typically feel irritated and/or itchy and can benefit from good moisturizers. These superior plant extracts help reduce itching caused by dry ears, making a more comfortable experience particularly for hearing aid users. Note: ProEar is intended to moisturize skin and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.