Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pittsburgh Symphony Venue Enhances Sound for Audience Hearing Aids

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, audience members who have assistive hearing devices will be able to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and other performers at Heinz Hall with greater ease.
The Downtown venue is the first theater in Western Pennsylvania to install an electromagnetic hearing loop.
Installed in August, the Dauler Hearing Loop encapsulates much of the Heinz Hall auditorium, along with the box office. The wire is connected to a sound system that electromagnetically transmits sound to hearing aids and cochlear implants that have a telecoil, or t-coil. Patrons who use such devices need to enable their t-coils at the hall. The system eliminates most background noise, the symphony said. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New Study Suggests Hearing Aids May Help Lessen Cognitive Decline

According to Audiology Today, since communication difficulties are one of the earliest signs of dementia, audiologists are poised to make timely and appropriate referrals when necessary, which can improve long-term outcomes by allowing earlier diagnosis and management of cognitive decline.

Cognitive decline and hearing loss is a current hot topic in audiology. While recent findings offer compelling incentives for adult patients to make the jump to accept hearing aids, we must be careful to present the information accurately to patients and avoid unintentionally using misinformation as a scare tactic. Let’s look at what we know.

Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic health condition facing older adults, and we know that very few people have no cognitive decline with age. This presents a large overlap of older adults with both hearing loss and cognitive decline; a population  which will only grow with the aging of today’s adults. In 2010, 4.7 million people in the U.S. older than age 65 had the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease. In 2016, that number grew to 5.4 million; and in 2050, 13.8 million Americans are expected to have Alzheimer’s.


New Smartphone-Based Tech Aims to Protect the Hearing of Concert Goers

The Center promotes proper hearing protection for all ages and pursuits.

In an age of super-loud rock concerts, the makers of EarDial are launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign today to raise money for their discreet and comfortable hearing protection.

They can replace foam ear plugs and are especially designed for ear-splitting live music. The EarDial plugs serve as high-fidelity filters that allow you to enjoy music and still chat with friends without messing up the quality of the sound. They’re almost invisible when you put them in your ears, and they come with a compact silver carrying case.


Actress Emily Blunt Beats Stuttering By Using a Fake Accent On Stage

Actress Emily Blunt struggled with stuttering early in her life. A teacher encouraged her to act in a school play at age 12 despite her stuttering.

Blunt’s name is prominently featured on the Stuttering Foundation's list of Famous People Who Stutter
Emily Blunt burst into the limelight with her brilliant performance in the 2006 movie The Devil Wears Prada, but had gained attention previously with My Summer of Love in 2004. Emily Blunt’s journey to fame began in London on February 23, 1983 when she was born to barrister Oliver Blunt and her teacher mother, who herself had enjoyed an acting career on stage and television before marrying and having a family. Emily’s uncle is Crispin Blunt, the well-known Conservative Member of Parliament. Blunt’s early life was filled with many fun activities at which she excelled, such as singing, playing cello and horseback riding. However, Blunt never considered following in her mother’s footsteps in acting because of her stuttering.


MIT Pioneers Automated Screening for Childhood Communication Disorders

Massachusetts Institute of Technology students are developing new tech to expand screening for language disorders. Smartphones and tablets could help early detection efforts, which is vital for treatment.

For children with speech and language disorders, early-childhood intervention can make a great difference in their later academic and social success. But many such children — one study estimates 60 percent — go undiagnosed until kindergarten or even later.

According to MIT News, researchers at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions hope to change that, with a computer system that can automatically screen young children for speech and language disorders and, potentially, even provide specific diagnoses.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thanks to Theresa, Center Volunteer!

Thank you, Theresa! You returned to the Center as an awesome volunteer & assisted us in the clinic a total of 30 hours so far this year. We appreciate you very much!

Center Conducts Screenings at Lift For Life Academy

Center for Hearing & Speech stopped by the Lift For Life Academy campus August 22 to give students hearing and vision screenings to make sure they have the resources to be ready and capable to excel in the classroom!