Recommended CPD articles and quick reads

From battery free technology, to frequency lowering and the relationship between hearing loss and social isolation… take your pick from Head of Professional Services Nick Taylor’s recommended CPD reading list this month.

20Q: Frequency lowering 10 years later – New technology Innovations – AudiologyOnline, Sept 2016

Part of the 20Q with Gus Mueller series, this meaty article discusses the changes in frequency lowering technology across all of the main manufacturers 10 years on from its first release in 2006. You may be a frequency lowering fan, you may be a sceptic, or you may have little idea of what it’s all about and simply rely on the default software settings, but by developing your understanding through the details in this article you will be in a better position to make an informed decision on the suitability of frequency lowering for each of your customers.

Hearing aid batteries: The past, present and future – AudiologyOnline, Oct 2016

At a time of possible revolution in the hearing aid battery world, the introduction of ‘battery free’ technology (i.e. customers not having to change batteries), this interesting article looks at the development of batteries over the years. The demand for more and more power to drive the significant developments in hearing aid technology has significantly challenged the manufacturers to ‘keep up’. What will the future of hearing aid batteries be? Well none of the manufacturers will give away their development secrets but this article makes some generic suggestions about what we might expect to see .

Hearing aid use reduces perceived loneliness – Starkey Evidence Blog, July 2016

This Starkey Evidence Blog considers one of the many papers that focus on the relationship between hearing loss and loneliness and social isolation – this one from the American Journal of the Audiology. The debate on whether hearing loss leads to increased social isolation and the many other health factors such as cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, etc goes on. This article suggests that the use of hearing aids, particularly for those with severe to profound hearing loss, may help reduce the risk of social isolation and loneliness by facilitating more consistent and satisfying social engagement.

Quick Reads

Acceptable hearing aid throughput delay for listeners with hearing loss under noisy conditions hearing

What effect does hearing aid throughput delay have on the hearing impaired user?

The mysterious cartilaginous/bony ear canal junction

Why does the occlusion effect seem to disappear when a hearing aid comes into contact with the bony ear canal?

Binaural interference present in about 17% of people, says new research

Is there ever a case where customers hear better with monaural fitting?

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