Nigeria:Antibiotics, Meningitis, Others Lead to Hearing Loss, Says Audiologist
[Guardian] Hearing loss has been linked to several factors such as meningitis, measles, jaundice, antibiotics, insufficient oxygen and infection at birth among other factors. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 4, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

These 10 medtech companies care a lot about research
Among the world’s largest medtech companies, these 10 spent the largest portion of their budgets on research and development. So what have they produced? [Image from Unsplash]Every year, Medical Design & Outsourcing pulls financial regulatory filings and reaches out to major, companies in some cases to create a list of the 100 largest medical device companies in the world, ranked by annual revenue for their medical device operations. On top of ranking by annual revenue, we also look at R&D spending because companies that spend a large portion of their budgets on research are worth keeping an eye on. Such comp...
Source: Mass Device - November 29, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Business/Financial News Diabetes Drug-Device Combinations Research & Development Abiomed Accuray Inc. Analogic AtriCure Inc. Big 100 BioMerieux Inc. cochlear Dexcom Edwards Lifesciences Insulet royalphilips Spectranetics Corp Source Type: news

How dirt, danger and chaos sparked the taming of lightning
(Springer) Death and misfortune were often the spark for engineers and technologists to turn scientific discovery into everyday electronic appliances. Alexander Graham Bell was a specialist teacher of the deaf, while it took many deaths from contaminated food before the first cooling machines were constructed. This book shows how, over a hundred years, a few basic inventions spawned the huge range of electronic devices that have changed the way we live. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NICE finally advises ban on vaginal mesh implants
For years women have complained about damage caused by the plastic mesh inserted to treat their post childbirth damage — complaints that seemed to fall on deaf ears, until now. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

REVEALED: How commuting on public transport 'could be making you DEAF'
COMMUTING on public transport or by bike could be making you deaf, scientists claim. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA clears remote adjustments for Cochlear ’ s Nucleus implants
The FDA last week approved remote programming adjustments for Cochlear Ltd.‘s (ASX:COH) Nucleus cochlear implant, removing the need for a select group of users  to make repeat visits for in-person programming sessions. The newly-cleared remote programming feature is indicated for patients with 6 months of experience with their cochlear implant sound processors and who are comfortable with the programming process, according to an FDA release. Normally, such implants would require regular programming visits with an audiologist in which electronic settings that control how the implant stimulates nerves in the ear a...
Source: Mass Device - November 21, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Otolaryngology Ear, Nose & Throat Regulatory/Compliance Cochlear Ltd. Source Type: news

Advanced Bionics wins FDA nod for HiFocus Slimj cochlear implant electrode
Advanced Bionics said late last week it won FDA approval for its HiFocus SlimJ electrode designed for use with the company’s HiRes Ultra cochlear implant. The Valencia, Calif.-based company touts the new electrode as featuring a thin, straight design for easier insertion during procedures and a slim profile to protect the delicate structures of the cochlea during insertion. “The HiFocus SlimJ electrode addresses the surgeon need for an alternate type of electrode whilst still offering full spectrum coverage and maintaining the performance potential of the individual. And surgeons have commented that it is easy ...
Source: Mass Device - November 20, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Otolaryngology Ear, Nose & Throat Regulatory/Compliance Advanced Bionics LLC Source Type: news

#FDA approves first telehealth option to program cochlear implants remotely https://go.usa.gov/xnBe2  
#FDA approves first telehealth option to program cochlear implants remotely https://go.usa.gov/xnBe2  (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - November 20, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: ( at FDADeviceInfo) Source Type: news

FDA approves remote reprogramming feature for cochlear implant
The FDA has approved hearing implant maker Cochlear Limited ’s submission for a new remote feature that would allow specialists to perform follow-up programming on a patient’s cochlear implant remotely, a la a telemedicine platform. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

FDA approves first telehealth option to program cochlear implants remotely
FDA approved a remote feature for follow-up programming sessions for the Nucleus Cochlear Implant System through a telemedicine platform. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - November 17, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

A Vest That Allows the Deaf to'Hear'A Vest That Allows the Deaf to'Hear '
Neuroscientist David Eagleman talks about time perception, synesthesia, and the vastness of human creativity.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Expert Interview Source Type: news

South Africa:Are South African Health Workers Being Silenced Into Malpractice?
[Daily Maverick] "There is really no such thing as the 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard." The words of Arundhati Roy, a writer turned human rights activist, rang particularly true through the course of the Life Esidimeni saga. The 118 deceased residents who have now risen to 141 were the preferably unheard - their cries for help through pressure sores and other unaccounted wounds, signs of starvation and dehydration, all fell on deaf ears. However, it is only in retrospect we (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical Device Design Is Critical to Bringing Healthcare into the Home
Medical technology is going consumer. Both patients and care givers hold an increasing expectation that the devices they use to manage care will operate with the same ease and usability as the digital products they use every day to manage their lives. As healthcare moves to a home setting, patients require design elements that make the technology easier to use, more intuitive, and more accessible. Medical device companies are responding by focusing during design and development on those needs that are harder to tease out. To succeed in this potential consumer market, the biggest asset to any device is good design and ...
Source: MDDI - November 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Scott Thielman Tags: Design Source Type: news

Cochlear Implants: A Different Kind of'Hearing '
What are cochlear implants? Who uses them? How do they work? (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UTSA researchers receive $147,000 grant to train school psychologists in deaf education
(University of Texas at San Antonio) Educational psychology researchers from UTSA received a grant for a new program that integrates educational psychology and deaf education. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Optogenetic Therapies Move Closer to Clinical Use
With a clinical trial underway to restore vision optogenetically, researchers also see promise in using the technique to treat deafness, pain, and other conditions. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - November 16, 2017 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion,News Analysis,The Scientist Source Type: news

Health Tip: Hearing Loss May Affect Brain Health
Title: Health Tip: Hearing Loss May Affect Brain HealthCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/15/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hearing General)
Source: MedicineNet Hearing General - November 15, 2017 Category: Audiology Source Type: news

Wolters Kluwer ’s Lippincott Journals Recognized for Excellence in Editorial and Digital Media
Wolters Kluwer Health announced today that its Lippincott medical and nursing journal portfolio won five awards and earned Honorable Mention nominations in eight categories at the 2017 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards. The awards represent one of the industry’s largest and most prestigious competitions for magazine and digital editorial and design excellence. The Eddie & Ozzie awards are the most recent recognition of each Lippincott team’s dedication to publishing the comprehensive, clinically relevant information clinical professionals need to use in their practice. In all, there were 800 finalists from wh...
Source: News from STM - November 14, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: Editorial Featured Source Type: news

The contribution of cochlear implants to postural stability - Shayman CS, Mancini M, Weaver TS, King LA, Hullar TE.
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether spatial auditory cues provided by cochlear implants can improve postural balance in adults with severe deafness. METHODS: In the presence of spatial white noise, 13 adult cochlear implantees wore head and lumbar-mou... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Hearing aid maker William Demant trusts in hearing quality, not smart features
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - William Demant, the world's second largest hearing aid maker, said it would continue to focus on products that provide hearing quality rather than smart features, after it sold fewer devices than expected in the third quarter. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Inner ear stem cells may someday restore hearing
(Rutgers University) Want to restore hearing by injecting stem cells into the inner ear? Well, that can be a double-edged sword. Inner ear stem cells can be converted to auditory neurons that could reverse deafness, but the process can also make those cells divide too quickly, posing a cancer risk, according to a study led by Rutgers University-New Brunswick scientists. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 7, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Uganda:Sign Language App Will Ease Communication
[Monitor] The Uganda National association of the Deaf last week launched a mobile application to ease communication for people with hearing impairment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 6, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

ADA (Americans with Disability Act) National Network Learning Session: Emergency Communications Approaches During and After an Emergency
ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] National Network. 03/09/2017 This one-hour, 30-minute webinar discusses how to identify potential gaps in accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing community members during emergency/disaster response. It details how to understand the importance of multiple agency partnerships in addressing identified gaps, and the participation and training requirements necessary for professionals providing accessibility during emergency/disaster response. It discusses strengthening awareness on the importance of having a separate event for disaster survivors who are deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hea...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

How We Used VR to Explore What Music Feels Like to a Deaf Person
With the help of two deaf collaborators, virtual reality producers at The Times made an immersive video about the experience of hearing music after receiving a cochlear implant. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MAUREEN TOWEY Tags: Virtual Reality (Computers) Deafness Music Cochlear Implants Disabilities Santa Fe Opera Source Type: news

Liberal publication "deaf shames" disabled ballet dancer by photoshopping away her cochlear implant for its glamour ad
(Natural News) Virgin Active, which is a chain of health clubs located in South Africa, Italy, Spain, Australia and a few other countries, has recently come under fire for allegedly editing out the cochlear implant of one of their models, 27-year-old Simone Botha Welgemoed. Naturally, when Welgemoed noticed that her implants were not in the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communication (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Funding to improve the health outcomes for individuals with deafness and other communication disorders through effectiveness and health services research in the NIDCD mission areas of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communication (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
Funding to improve the health outcomes for individuals with deafness and other communication disorders through effectiveness and health services research in the NIDCD mission areas of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hearing aid maker GN Store Nord suffers as rivals catch up
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Shares in GN Store Nord fell more than 5 percent on Thursday as slightly weaker-than-expected quarterly revenue stoked fears that rivals are catching up with its technology. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Navigating the genome to cure deafness
(American Friends of Tel Aviv University) A new Tel Aviv University study solves a critical piece of the puzzle of human deafness by identifying the first group of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in the auditory system. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Amoxicillin vs. Levaquin (Strength and Effectiveness)
Title: Amoxicillin vs. Levaquin (Strength and Effectiveness)Category: MedicationsCreated: 10/30/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hearing General)
Source: MedicineNet Hearing General - October 30, 2017 Category: Audiology Source Type: news

It Takes a Team to Hear Again After Cochlear Implant
Treatment TermsCochlear implant surgeryHearing lossSpeech pathology and audiology Author Hallie Potocki Overview After 30 years of losing his hearing, 76-year-old Bryan Seiler of Wake Forest received a cochlear implant at Duke. It changed his life. Hero Imagehero_bryanseiler.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Header Feeling Isolated ContentBryan Seiler ’s hearing started to decline when he was in his forties – first in his right ear and, a few years later, in his left.Hearing aids in each ear brought some relief, and, as Seiler described it, he managed for years to  “get by.” Eventually...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Preparedness training programs for working with deaf and hard of hearing communities and older adults: lessons learned from key informants and literature assessments - Kamau PW, Ivey SL, Griese SE, Qari SH.
The objectives of this study were to (1) identify available training programs for emergency response personnel and public health professionals on addressing the needs of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals and older adults, (2) identify strate... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Vote now for your health hero
The hard-working heroes who keep the NHS running – often in unsung ways – are being recognised in the second annual Health Heroes awards, organised by Skills for Health and sponsored by Health Education England. After a successful debut in 2016, this year the awards include three new categories: integrated team of the year, workforce planning team of the year and apprentice of the year, alongside the established clinical and operational services support worker of the year awards. UNISON is once more sponsoring one of the awards and head of health Sara Gorton commented: “Every day behind the scenes in the ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News health care NHS one team one team for patient care Our Health Heroes Our Health Heroes Awards Source Type: news

Older Neandertal survived with a little help from his friends
(Washington University in St. Louis) An older Neandertal from about 50,000 years ago, who had suffered multiple injuries and other degenerations, became deaf and must have relied on the help of others to avoid prey and survive well into his 40s, indicates a new analysis published Oct. 20 in the online journal PLoS ONE. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What is Usher Syndrome?
Discussion Over 7000 diseases are considered rare disorders according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders® (NORD, rarediseases.org). NORD is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them. They have information on about 1200 rare diseases on their website (https://rarediseases.org/for-patients-and-families/information-resources/rare-disease-information/). Hearing loss (HL) is not rare and is a common problem across the ages. It affects 360 million people worldwide which is about 5% of the population. There are many causes of hearing loss an...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 23, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Hearing aid dev Eargo raises $45m in Series C
Hearing device developer Eargo said yesterday it closed the 1st tranche in a $45 million in a Series C investment round. Funding in the round was led by Nan Fung Life Sciences and joined by New Enterprise Associates, Charles and Helen Schwab and Maveron, with funds slated to support continued development, marketing and branding efforts the Mountain View, Calif.-based company said. “We believe Eargo will play a key role as an innovator in the global hearing technology space. Nan Fung Life Sciences is excited to be a part of Eargo’s mission of making hearing easy,” Nan Fung Life Sciences MD P...
Source: Mass Device - October 20, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Otolaryngology Ear, Nose & Throat Eargo Source Type: news

Clues to How You Hear in a Crowd
Title: Clues to How You Hear in a CrowdCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/17/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/18/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hearing General)
Source: MedicineNet Hearing General - October 18, 2017 Category: Audiology Source Type: news

How Long Does it Take to Cure Swimmer's Ear?
Title: How Long Does it Take to Cure Swimmer's Ear?Category: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 10/16/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/16/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hearing General)
Source: MedicineNet Hearing General - October 16, 2017 Category: Audiology Source Type: news

Hidden hearing aid that can give deaf people 24/7 sound
NHS England surgeons are restoring deaf patients ’ hearing with a revolutionary ‘bionic ear’ implant with no external parts – making it impossible to tell a person has it fitted. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH awards almost $10 million to UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment
The National Institutes of Health, recognizing UCLA ’s leadership in understanding and developing interventions for autism spectrum disorder, has renewed its support of the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment with a five-year, $9.7 million grant.The Autism Center of Excellence grant is directed by Susan Bookheimer, director of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center at UCLA. It supports research projects led by autism experts Mirella Dapretto, Dr. Shafali Jeste, Connie Kasari, Elizabeth Laugeson, Dr. Daniel Geschwind and Dr. Jim McCracken.“This renewed support will allow UCLA t...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 13, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Hearing Loss Can Challenge Relationships
It can trigger feelings of frustration, guilt and isolation -- for patients and those who love them Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Family Issues, Hearing Disorders and Deafness (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hearing Loss Can Challenge Relationships
Title: Hearing Loss Can Challenge RelationshipsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/12/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/12/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hearing General)
Source: MedicineNet Hearing General - October 12, 2017 Category: Audiology Source Type: news

Ruptured (Perforated) Eardrum (Symptoms, Treatment, Surgery)
Title: Ruptured (Perforated) Eardrum (Symptoms, Treatment, Surgery)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 10/11/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/11/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hearing General)
Source: MedicineNet Hearing General - October 11, 2017 Category: Audiology Source Type: news

Longitudinal associations between bullying and emotions in deaf and hard of hearing adolescents - Broekhof E, Bos MGN, Camodeca M, Rieffe C.
In hearing adolescents, emotions play important roles in the development of bullying and victimization. Yet, it is unclear whether this also applies to adolescents who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). The present study examines the longitudinal associati... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Uganda: Abortions On the Rise As Masaka Turns Deaf Ear to Family Planning
[Monitor] Masaka -Health authorities in Masaka District have expressed concern over the increasing rate of self-induced abortions due to lack of family planning methods despite efforts to create awareness about the problem. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 9, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Uganda:Abortions On the Rise As Masaka Turns Deaf Ear to Family Planning
[Monitor] Masaka -Health authorities in Masaka District have expressed concern over the increasing rate of self-induced abortions due to lack of family planning methods despite efforts to create awareness about the problem. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 9, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

How Do I Relieve Pressure in My Ear?
Title: How Do I Relieve Pressure in My Ear?Category: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 10/9/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/9/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hearing General)
Source: MedicineNet Hearing General - October 9, 2017 Category: Audiology Source Type: news

Disaster relief and crisis intervention with deaf communities: lessons learned from the Japanese deaf community - Takayama K.
During natural disasters and crises, the Deaf and hard of hearing community might not have full accessibility to all of the information shared with the larger hearing community. This may be due to the lack of awareness among social work professionals about... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Health Tip: Understanding Loud Noise and Hearing Loss
Title: Health Tip: Understanding Loud Noise and Hearing LossCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/5/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/6/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hearing General)
Source: MedicineNet Hearing General - October 6, 2017 Category: Audiology Source Type: news