An Overview: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2015

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Sponsored by Representative Brett Guthrie, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act (EHDI) of 2015 (H.R. 1344) amends the Public Health Service Act to expand programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing newborns and infants to include young children. Consequently, the programs have been modified and reauthorized for FY2016-FY2020. Image Source: What does…

Assistive Listening Devices: How Useful Are They?

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Assistive Listening Systems (ALSs), otherwise known as Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs), are used by people with hearing loss (mild or profound) to separate the sounds, speech in particular, that they want to hear from background noise. An ALS has three basic parts: a microphone, a transmission technology and a receiving device. What…

Hearing Loss in Adults and Children

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Adults aged 50 onwards are more prone to hearing loss due to age-related damage to the cochlea, the snail-shaped tube (in the inner ear coiled around the modiolus) where sound vibrations are converted into nerve impulses by the organ of Corti, or spiral organ, the receptor organ for hearing. There are two types of hearing loss:…

Chronic Ear Infections and Hearing Loss: Is it Time for a Surgical Operation?

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Ear infections are more common in children because of hygiene habits, developing or underdeveloped immune systems, and shorter and narrower Eustachian tubes. Also known as the auditory tube or pharyngotympanic tube, the Eustachian tube equalizes air pressure on the two sides of the eardrum to prevent damage as well as drains mucus from…

How Healthy Is Your Middle Ear?

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao The ear is a very sensitive organ of the body and consists of three parts: the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. The middle ear can be found between the eardrum and the oval window of the ear. Signs and symptoms of an infection in the middle ear vary between children…

I’m Sorry? Could You Repeat That Again Please?

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The majority of us have probably used the above-mentioned responses at one time or another. It may be caused by outside factors, by the speakers themselves, or by our temporary loss of attention. However, if you keep on using these phrases, and are getting tired of hearing yourself utter them, it might be best to…

Turning On Your Equilibrium Again

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Most of us have in one time or another, experienced that feeling of being off, of not being able to keep our balance, or feeling like the room is spinning. One of the most common causes of this condition is labrynthitis or vestibulitis, the inflammation of the inner ear. Equilibrium is a function of the…

How Sound Travels

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For those suffering from hearing loss, the science of sound and how sound travels is an interesting subject. Learning how sounds travels through various states of matter, echo, and vibrations of sounds are discussed in the video.

Family Health Watch: Your infant and hearing loss

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Per the U.S. National Library of Medicine, there are two common factors that can determine if a greater risk of hearing loss can be predetermined at infancy; that is, family history and low birth weight. In the first three to six months of life, one to two percent of healthy newborns are diagnosed with hearing…

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