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Descriptors: Noise Levels. Noise Induced Hearing Loss. Educational Resource. Teacher Resource. Deafness Prevention. Preventing Hearing Loss. Children and Hearing Loss.


Observations of Noise Exposure Through the Use of

Headphones by Radio Announcers.

Author(s): Williams, W., Presbury, J. Source: Noise & Health. Apr-Jun 2003. 5;19:69-73. Availability: Available from National Acoustic Laboratories. 126 Greville Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Australia. Language: English. Abstract: The authors of this article report on the findings of a study that examines the potential risk of hearing loss by commercial radio announcers, through the regular use of headphones. The study subjects were a cross-section of professional radio announcers that included eight males and four females, involved in talk-back, interviews (live, pre- recorded and telephone), news, music (from classical to heavy rock), and commentary (live and pre-recorded.) References included. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Noise Exposure. Hearing Disorder. Deafness. Noise- Induced Hearing Loss.


The Role of Music Intensity in Aerobics: Implications for

Hearing Conservation.

Author(s): Wilson, W. L. Source: American Academy of Audiology. Reston, VA. 14(1):29-38. 2003. Availability: Available from the American Academy of Audiology. Publications, 11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 300, Reston, VA 20190. Voice: 800-AAA-2336; 703-790-8466. Fax: 703-790-8631. Web site: http://www.audiology.org/. Language: English. Abstract: According to this research report, aerobics becomes an at-risk activity for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) when high intensity music is played in the classes. The authors state also that attempts to reduce this risk through hearing conservation have generally failed, possibly because participants find the high intensity music enjoyable and motivating, and therefore perceive the music as not 'too loud'. The article details the results of a study that investigate perception of noise intensity, and their implications on hearing conservation in aerobics. In the study, the median noise (music) intensities in four high impact aerobics classes were fixed at 80, 85, 89 and 97 dB(A), rated as very low, low, at and high-risk for temporary threshold shift (TTS) and NIHL respectively. Participant (236) responses were measured via a post-class questionnaire. These results, and their implications on hearing conservation in aerobics, were discussed. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. Recreational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. Hearing Conservation Research. Audiology.


Multi-Microphone and Adaptive Strategies.

Author(s): Wouters, J. Source: The Hearing Journal. 56(11): 48-51. November 2003. Availability: Available from Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Customer Service, P.O. 1175, Lowell, MA 01853. (978) 262-9611. Fax: (978) 262- 9617. Website: http://www.thehearingjournal.com. Language: English. Abstract: The author addresses the future of speech-in-noise enhancement approaches in hearing aids with answers to three main points: can better performance be obtained through more signal processing?; is better performance possible with more than two microphones?; and is there enough power in current microphone systems' directionality? The author concludes that the current complexity for signal processing to improve speech understanding in the presence of multiple moving or fixed noise sources will be less of an issue in the future. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Aid. Directional Microphone Hearing Aids. Directional Technology. Hearing Research. Hearing Aid Assistive Devices. Hearing Technology. Speech Recognition Synthesis.


What Is Remote Realtime Captioning?


Author(s): Wyant, J. Source: Volta Voices. May/June 2003. 10(3). p. 18-19. Availability: AG Bell. 3417 Volta Place, NW, Washington, DC 20007. Voice: (202) 337-5220. TTY (202) 337-5221. Fax: (202) 337-8314. E-mail: Publications@agbell.org. Web site: www.agbell.org. Language: English. Abstract: Remote Realtime Captioning (RTC) is a captioning service in which a caption provider offers live captioning from a remote location. This article describes the technology and how it might be used in a classroom, conference, or workplace. The author explores how RTC differs from standard captioning services in which the captioner is in the room, including equipment and room set-up, cost, availability, mobility, and other considerations. Actual user experiences, both positive and negative, are also described. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Captioning. Closed Captioning. Open Captioning. Television. Interpreter. Translator.


Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss.

Author(s): Wynne, M. K. Source: The Hearing Journal. July 2003. 56(7). p. 10-15. Availability: Available from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 345 Hudson Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10014. (212) 886-1244. Fax: (212) 886- 1209. E-mail: hj@lww.com. Web site: www.thehearingjournal.com. Language: English. Abstract: Sudden sensorineural hearing loss affects approximately 4,000 people each year, with the highest incidence occurring in people between 50 and 60 years of age. Through a question-and-answer format, this article explains the characteristics, possible causes, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of sudden sensorineural hearing loss. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss. SSHL. Hearing Loss. Older Adults. Elderly. Seniors. Sudden Deafness. Sudden Hearing Loss. Hearing Impaired Persons. Hard of Hearing Persons. Deaf Persons.

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Screening and Management of Adult Hearing Loss in Primary

Author(s): Yueh, B., Shapiro, N., MacLean, C. H., Shekelle, P. G. Source: Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). April 16, 2003. 289(15). p. 1976-1985. Availability: Available from Journal of the American Medical Association. P.O. Box 10946, Chicago, IL 60610-0946. (312) 670-7827. Toll-free: (800) 262-2350. E-mail: ama-subs@ama-assn.org. Web site: http://jama.ama- assn.org/. PRICE: $12 for single copy of online version (PDF or full text). Language: English. Abstract: Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition in older adults. Yet most elder adults are not evaluated and treated for hearing loss. After reviewing 1,595 articles for the most clinically relevant information, the authors of this scientific review contend that fairly simple, yet accurate, methods are available for the screening of hearing loss in the primary care setting. These include a self-administered, 10-question survey called the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly-Screening, and a physiologic test that employs a device called the audioscope, a handheld combination otoscope and audiometer. Primary care physicians can also be instrumental in the treatment of several hearing problems, including impacted cerumen (earwax), chronic otitis media, sudden sensorineural hearing loss, and hearing loss caused by ototoxicity. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Screening. Late Deafened Adults. Older Adults. Elderly. Seniors. Presbycusis. Age Related Hearing Loss. Primary Care. Hearing Loss. Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Conductive Hearing Loss. Sudden Deafness. Diagnostic Tests. Audiogram. Audiometry. Hearing Tests. Hearing Evaluation. Clinical Research.


Diagnosis and Treatment of Sudden-Onset Sensorineural

Hearing Loss: A Study of 51 Patients.

Author(s): Zadeh, M. H., Stroper, I. S., Spitzer, J. B. Source: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 2003;128:92-8. Availability: Send requests to: Ian S. Stroper, MD. Director of Neurotology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Suite 511, 161 Fort Washington Ave., New York, NY 10032. E-mail: iss9@columbia.edu. Language: English.

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