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The Top 10 Hearing Feature Stories in 2019

The top 10 hearing feature stories in 2019
 
TOP #1
Evidence that Hearing Aids Could Slow Cognitive Decline in Later Life(Jan 2019 HR).By Piers Dawes,PhD;Asri Maharani,MD,PhD;James Nazroo,MD,PhD;Gindo Tampubolon,PhD,and Neil Pendleton,MD,PhD, on behalf of the Sense-Cog WP1 group.
One of the primary researchers in the EU’s SENSE-Cog Project explains how his team found a reduction in the rate of cognitive decline following hearing aid use.
Evidence that Hearing Aids Could Slow Cognitive Decline in Later Life
A recent study from the SENSE-Cog Project found a reduction in rate of cognitive decline following hearing aid use, suggesting that effective identification and treatment of age-related hearing impairment may have a significant impact on age-associated cognitive trajectories and possibly reduce the incidence of dementia. While previous studies have compared cognitive outcomes in hearing aid users and non-users, a key advantage of this study was that it involved examining rates of cognitive change before and after hearing aid use in the same individuals.
There are around 47 million people with dementia worldwide. Over the next 30 years, this number is expected to more than double to 131 million.1 Dementia has a profound physical and psychological impact on the people living with it, as well as on their friends and families. Social and healthcare costs for people with dementia are substantial. It is therefore an international priority to identify means of preventing or delaying the onset of dementia.
 
TOP #2
Depression,Hearing Loss,and Treatment with Hearing Aids(March 2019 HR online).By Victor Bray,PhD.A terrific comprehensive overview of the scientific literature pertaining to hearing loss,loneliness,and depression—as well as speculation about what these findings imply for hearing healthcare.
 
TOP #3
Dichotic Listening in Elderly,Hearing-Impaired Persons:An Exercise in Pattern Recognition(March 2019 HR).By James Jerger,PhD.A patient’s audiogram rarely tells the whole story.This article shows how the Dichotic Sentence Identification(DSI)Test can help differentiate between simple SNHL and hearing losses involving cognitive decline or APD in older adults.
 
TOP #4
Benefit of Using Telecare for Dementia Patients with Hearing Loss and Their Caregivers(June 2019 HR).By Lindsay Jorgensen,PhD,Taylor VanGerpen,Thomas A.Powers,PhD,and Dirk Apel.Although this is a Tech Topic article on the proprietary Signia TeleCare system,it’s an excellent example of how eAudiology is revolutionizing our field.
 
TOP #5
Lyric After 10 Years:New Data and Perspectives from a Private Practice(June 2019 HR).By Mark Sanford,AuD,and Lizz Jensen.Another Tech Topic,this one focusing on Lyric,a unique,extended wear,subscription-base hearing aid.One of the world’s foremost clinics provides their perspectives on its evolution and its potential to change hearing healthcare.
 
TOP #6
Hearing Loss as a Social Problem:A Study of Hearing-impaired Spouses and Their Partners(July 2019 HR).By Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen,PhD,and Hans Henrik Philipsen,PhD.One of the best articles I’ve seen on the frictions and frustrations caused by hearing loss in marriages and conjugal relationships.It should be required reading for patients.
Hearing Loss as a Social Problem: A Study of Hearing-impaired Spouses and Their Hearing Partners
This article describes how hearing-impaired persons and their partners experience and manage hearing loss in the context of their conjugal relationships. Based on in-depth interviews and being together with hearing-impaired persons and their partners, it argues that the social implications of hearing loss are associated with the temporal aspects of conversational exchange. A more nuanced understanding of the strategies hearing-impaired people and their partners employ to manage interactional complications can help to improve care and support for people affected by hearing loss.  
 
Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic disabilities. A valid estimate is that 10 percent of the populations in the USA and Europe have some degree of hearing impairment.1,2 (Authors’ note: In the present article, we use the terms “hearing loss,” “hearing-impaired,” and “hard of hearing” interchangeably. Scholars and audiologists seldom account for the terms used. Some participants used the term “deaf” about their hearing loss or less frequently talked of having a “disability.”)
 
A number of scholars have described how hearing loss affects social interaction and social relationships, primarily through its impact on verbal communication and conversation.3,4 The goal of this article is to advance understanding of the social implications of hearing loss by analysing how hearing-impaired persons and their partners experience and manage hearing loss within the context of their conjugal relationships, as well as in the wider social context. Conjugal relationships refer to married persons and their relations and include cohabiting partners and couples.5 Scholars have pointed out certain shortcomings in the treatment of hearing-impaired persons linked to wider social factors of the hearing-impaired person’s family situation, what we refer to as the socio-sonic context. Audiologists and other health care professionals need to understand the social implications of hearing loss in assessing their patients’ or clients’ needs for health care, hearing care, and rehabilitation.6,7
 
TOP #7
Hearing Aids in an Era of Disruption and DTC/OTC Devices(August 2019 HR).By Thomas A.Powers,PhD,and Carole M.Rogin.The industry’s longest-running survey of consumers with hearing loss looks at consumers’perceptions about hearing aids,PSAPs,and the potential of OTC and DIY hearing care.
 
TOP #8
Service-Delivery Considerations of Direct-to-Consumer Devices in the New Age of Rehabilitative Hearing Healthcare(September 2019 HR).By Rupa Balachandran,PhD,and Amyn M.Amlani,PhD.A great primer on assessing and setting service fees for dealing with DTC and OTC hearing aids.
 
TOP #9
Veterans with Hearing Loss:Unique Needs and Audiological Considerations(Sept 2019 HR online).By Karl Strom.An overview on the special hearing needs of this important patient group,including care for tinnitus,traumatic brain injury and concussion,and compliance issues.
TOP #10
Competing in the New Era of Hearing Healthcare,Part 2:Differentiating a Practice with Comorbidity Screening,Monitoring,and Diagnostics(Nov 2019 HR).By Robert M.Traynor,EdD,MBA,and James W.Hall,III,PhD.A discussion about using close and regular monitoring of your patients’status,and an up-to-date,evidence-based approach to diagnostic assessment.
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