Archive for November, 2010

Athletes from the world over use Hansaton

Monday, November 29th, 2010
Numerous athletes from the world over have shown that people with impaired hearing can be just as active and athletic as those with uncompromised hearing. Hansaton supports both groups, sponsoring both impaired hearing and normal hearing athletes.

The hearing-impaired cyclist Daniel Carruthers is currently on a successful tour thanks to HANSATON. As his main sponsor, our company has made a major commitment to this friendly New Zealander. Carruthers races in a HANSATON jersey and is equipped with hearing supplied by HANSATON which allow him to achieve success after success. He mounted the champions podium at the 2006 World Deaf Cycling Championships in San Francisco as well as at the 2009 Deaflympics 2009 in Taipei.
“Without this sponsorship I would not have been able to participate at the New Zealand National MTB XC race or at the World Championships,” beamed Carruthers, grateful for the support he had received from Hamburg.  More about this athlete, who currently lives in Asia, can be found at www.danielcarruthers.com.

The Finnish triathlete Kaisa Lehtonen is also supported by HANSATON. She has been practicing this sport since 1997, a physically demanding endurance sport which combines the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and long-distance running. Her achievements so far include fifth place in the European rankings in 2007 and 2008, and a fifth place finish at the 2008 European Duathlon Championships 2008. HANSATON is keeping its fingers crossed that she can win a medal at the Olympic Games in London in 2012 ! Lehtonen’s blog can be read at the following link: www.lehtonenkaisa.blogspot.com.

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Hearing Dogs

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

When a hearing device is not enough, canines often come to our assistance!

By Jenny Moir courtesy of Wellsphere

Imagine waking up to a furry face and two paws scrabbling at your duvet? What a great way to start the day! Well, more than 800 people in the UK experience this ritual every morning, when their hearing dog springs into action after hearing the alarm clock.

This is just one of a variety of household sounds to which hearing dogs are trained to respond. The others include the doorbell, telephone, cooker timer and baby cry.

So how do the dogs tell their owners there is a sound occurring? Instead of barking, they will find their deaf owner and touch them with a paw or nudge them with their nose. This lets the recipient know that there is a sound, but, of course, they don’t know which one at this stage. So they ask the dog! “What is it?” they ask, while opening their arms to give the dog a visual clue. This is the dog’s cue to lead them straight to the source of the sound, whether it is the cooker timer, baby monitor or front door.

The dogs can also be sent to fetch their deaf owner when someone else in the house wants them. This is a particularly useful – and sometimes life-saving – sound.  Click here for the rest of this article and be sure to visit the Hearing and Deafness Community at Wellsphere.com

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New test screens for all deafness genes

Friday, November 19th, 2010

November 15,  from Science Daily

Pinpointing the exact genetic cause of inherited deafness has always involved sequencing one gene at a time, a process that can take up to a year and cost roughly $1,000 per gene. It would cost around $75,000 to test all known deafness causing genes using this approach.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Children’s hearing loss

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Photo courtesy of sheknows.com

There are a variety of different causes of hearing in loss in children. The more parents understand some of the primary causes, the more they can keep an ‘ear’ out for problems.  Parents, be sure to ask your physician for a full list of the symptoms and causes of hearing loss.

Reasons to have your child’s hearing checked (from MedicineNet.com)

- speech delay

- history of ear infections

- history of hearing loss in the family

- infectious diseases that can cause hearing loss, such as bacterial meningitis

- various syndromes (Down’s Syndrome) for example, may cause hearing loss

- prenatal causes such as lack of oxygen

Undetected hearing loss in children can result in poor school performance, trouble with social activity and even depression. Remember, check their ears as often as their eyes. They’re just as important!

For more information on children’s hearing loss, visit KidsHealth.org for a comprehensive list of articles and suggestions.

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Jerry Yanz to speak at ASHA this week

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Jerry Yanz, PhD.

On November 18, Hansaton USA’s Director of Audiology Jerry Yanz  will present a topic on wireless technology at the Annual American Speech and Hearing Language Association Convention in Philadelphia. Yanz, along with  Vice President, Research at GN ReSound Andrew Dittberner, Ph.D.,will explore the history and future of wireless technology, along with professional and patient attitudes toward adopting discontinuous technological innovations.

“New Generation of Hearing Aids: Wireless Technologies and Their Adoption” will describe how wireless technology is the anticipated next great advancement in amplification for hard of hearing people. Yet market penetration of wireless devices is not commensurate with their potential benefit. Yanz and Dittberner will help participants understand how to:

  • Describe how existing and forthcoming wireless technologies can help solve communication problems for hard-of-hearing people.
  • Understand the application of wireless technologies in improving hearing instrument performance and connecting with additional input avenues.
  • Assess their attitudes toward technological developments with reference to the technology adoption life cycle.

This year’s Annual ASHA Convention  theme is “Leadership into New Frontiers.”  For more about the convention visit the ASHA website

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Studies conflict on teens and hearing loss

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 1 in 5 teenagers has some level of hearing loss. The study also reported  the incidence in hearing loss for teenagers had increased nearly five percent between periods studied in 1995 and 2006, and  the number of teens with hearing loss has increased by 30% in the past 15 years. Researchers attribute the increase in hearing loss to MP3 players or cell phones with music capabilities and they weren’t as widely available before.

Yet another study at the University of Minnesota seems to show that hearing assessments done for studies are often inaccurate,  leading to inflated reported numbers of teens  with hearing loss.  U of M researchers estimated that up to 10% of teens participating in hearing studies render a false positive result. Therefore it’s possible that increases in hearing loss within this demographic may have been overstated by as much as 10% over the past three decades.

Regardless of which statistic is correct, it’s clear that hearing loss can contribute to many other problems such as depression, loss of focus, problems with academic performance and social issues for teenagers. Keeping the volume down on phones and iPods can keep this generation’s hearing healthy for many years to come.

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Jerry forgot his cowboy hat

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Even though Hansaton USA’s Director of Audiology Jerry Yanz forgot his cowboy hat, the visit to San Antonio for the ADA Convention was a great success. And we brought some fantastic weather back with us to Minneapolis!

Seriously, the ADA 2010 Convention is another example of how the Academy of Doctors of Audiology continue to support the rapidly growing number of audiologists in the United States. For professionals, students patients, ADA is an invaluable resource that focuses on the business of becoming an audiologist. Their mission, in their own words…

ADA offers programming and support to those audiologists and students who are or who desire to be independent practitioners in whatever setting they choose to practice. In particular, ADA’s mission emphasizes practice ownership. Towards that goal, ADA offers a Fall conference and smaller regional meetings and seminars providing information and resources regarding all aspects of audiologic practice, with particular emphasis on the business of audiology. Audiology Practices, ADA’s quarterly magazine, details the many current issues confronting audiologists in autonomous practice. And, true to its mission, ADA continues to advocate for audiologists owning their profession through practice ownership by offering assistance to its members, potential members and audiology students.

Visit the ADA site today for more information on how this organization can help you in your practice, or as you learn to become a successful audiologist.

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ADA Convention is underway!

Friday, November 5th, 2010

We’re on the second day of the ADA Convention in sunny San Antonio, Texas (Sorry folks up north…it’s 66 degrees and sunny right now!) The ADA Convention as you know, is one of the most important events in the audiology industry each year. The convention  is designed for audiologists involved or interested in autonomous practice (regardless of practice setting). This year the convention is featuring sessions that offer insightful and  practical business knowledge and clinical education with an strong focus on providing business tools , hands-on training, and skills to enhance  patient care.

Hansaton USA’s Director of Audiology, Jerry Yanz, says that “ADA is the meeting that represents the most concentrated collection of private practice audiologists in the country, who represent our field professionally as the de facto entry point into hearing health care. These are business owners who lead the way toward autonomy for the profession.”

Highlights of the ADA Conference are sure to be Frank Buccaro’s session on professional ethics and Sergei Kochkin’s review of twenty-five years of MarkeTrak. You can find the full session descriptions and convention program here.

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Causes of hearing loss in adults

Monday, November 1st, 2010

During adulthood, usually disease or illness, or external environmental factors are the typical causes of hearing loss.  Understanding those causes can help detect and possibly prevent hearing loss experienced as an adult.

External/Environmental Causes of Hearing Loss

For adults, medication,  noise and head injuries are leading causes of hearing loss. Be sure to check with your physician or audiologist if you are concerned about any of these factors impacting your hearing. (more…)

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