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S95-118. May 2004. Availability: Available from Elsevier Science. (800) 654-2452. Fax: (212) 633-3820. E-mail: reprints@elsevier.com. Web site: www.us.elsevierhealth.com. PRICE: $30 Pay-Per-View for online access to articles. Language: English. Abstract: Evidenced-based recommendations on diagnosing and managing otitis media with effusion (OME) in children; this is an update of the 1994 clinical practice guideline Otitis Media With Effusion in Young Children, which was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research (now the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). In contrast to the earlier guideline, which was limited to children aged 1 to 3 years with no craniofacial or neurologic abnormalities or sensory deficits, the updated guideline applies to children aged 2 months through 12 years with or without developmental disabilities or underlying conditions that predispose to OME and its sequelae. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, and American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery selected a subcommittee composed of experts in the fields of primary care, otolaryngology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, hearing, speech and language, and advanced practice in nursing to revise the OME guideline. The subcommittee made a strong recommendation that clinicians use pneumatic otoscopy as the primary diagnostic method and distinguish OME from acute otitis media (AOM). Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Ear Disorder. Childhood Disease. Ear Infection. Hearing Disorder. Childhood Deafness. Otitis Mdia. Clinical Practice Guidelines.

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The Occulusion Effect: What It Is and What To Do About It.

Author(s): Ross, M. Source: Hearing Loss. Bethesda, MD. 25(1):28 Jan/Feb 2004. Availability: Available from Self help for Hard of Hearing People. 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bathesda, MD 20814. Voice: (301) 657- 2248. TTY (301) 657-2249. Web site: www.shhh.org. Language: English. Abstract: Some hearing aid users, especially new ones, complain about the odd sound of their voices when they talk. The author of this article describes this phenomenon as the occlusion effect. The writer explains what the occlusion effect is and how it can affect hearing aid users and offers solutions for individuals who experience it. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Aids. Hearing Assistive Devices. Hearing Loss. Occlusion Effect.

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Improving Hearing Aid Design and Performance.

Author(s): Ross, M. Source: In: Hearing Loss. 25(4):26. July/August 2004. Availability: Available from Self help for Hard of Hearing People. 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Voice: (301) 657- 2248. TTY (301) 657-2249. Web site: www.shhh.org. Language: English. Abstract: In a previous issue of Hearing Loss, Dr. Mead Killion discussed prevalent myths that have discouraged improvements in hearing aid design. In this article the author discusses these myths, some of his own observations, and research findings that are relevant. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Aid. Hearing Devices. Hearing Technology Research.

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Promising Research on Hair Cell Regeneration: What Does It

Mean for Dispensing Professionals.

Author(s): Rubel.E.W. Source: The Hearing Review. October 2004. 11(11):18. Availability: Available from the Hearing Review. Web site: www.hearingreview.com/. Address correspondence to HR or Edwin W. Rubel, PhD, Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, Mail Stop 357923, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195; email: rubel@u.washington.edu. Language: English. Abstract: This article explains the latest findings and offers predictions related to hair cell generation. The author also tells why this area of hearing research offers significant opportunities for the hearing aid dispensing field.

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Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Aid. Deafness. Hearing Assistive Devices. Hearing Technology. Hearing Research.

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Saltillo Product Catalog 2004: The Joy of Communicating.

Author(s): Saltillo Corporation. Source: Millersburg, OH. Saltillo Corporation. 2004. 34p. Availability: Available from Saltillo Corporation. 2143 TR112 Millersburg, OH 44654. (330)674-6722, (800)382-8622; (330) 674-6726 (Fax). E-mail: aac@saltillo.com. Website: http://www.saltillo.com. Language: English. Abstract: Products manufactured by Saltillo and a number of other companies specializing in augmentative communication products. Are contained in this 2004 catalog. There are some new entries and a number of product upgrades like EchoVoice, a new voice amplification system from Hearing Products International, Ltd. of the United Kingdom. Other communication devices, switches, mounting systems, related software, memory products, and manual communication are also available through this 2004 catalog. Subject Category: Hearing. Speech. Descriptors: Assistive Technology. Communication Products. Communication Devices. Hearing and Speech Technology. Hearing Products.

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Speech Recognition Abilities of Adults Using Cochlear

Implants With FM Systems.

Author(s): Schafer, E. C., Thibodeau, L. M. Source: American Academy of Audiology. Reston, VA. 15(10):678-91. November/December 2004. 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: This article summarizes a study developed to determine the effects of noise and the benefits of different FM systems for adult users of cochlear implants (CIs) in a simulated noisy classroom setting. A research team evaluated speech recognition for ten adults with normal hearing and eight adults with Nucleus CIs at several different signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) and with three frequency modulated (FM) system arrangements: desktop, body worn, and miniature direct connect. Participants were asked to repeat Hearing in Noise Test (HINT) sentences presented with speech noise in a classroom setting and percent correct word repetition was determined. Researchers evaluated the performance for both sets of participants with the desktop sound-field system. In addition, speech recognition for the CI participants was evaluated using two FM systems electrically coupled to their speech processors. The results for the desk- top sound field and No-FM condition indicate that only listeners with normal hearing made significant improvements in speech recognition in noise. When comparing performance across the three FM conditions for the CI listeners, the researchers report the two electrically coupled FM systems resulted in significantly greater improvements in speech recognition in noise relative to the desktop sound-field system. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Speech Recognition. FM Systems. Cochlear Implants.

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The Beginning of a Revolution.

Author(s): Schestok, J. Source: In: ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. 14(20):14. May 2004. Availability: Available from Merion Publications, Inc. 2900 Horizon Drive, Box 61556, King of Prussia, PA 19406-0956. 610-278-1400. E-mail: advance@merion.com. Web site: http://www.advanceforspanda.com/. Language: English. Abstract: What do a fly, a microphone and hearing aid technology have in common? Researcher, Ronald Miles, PhD, is working to solve that puzzle. Dr. Miles' research is expected to revolutionize hearing aid technology within the next few years. This professor at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, got the idea for this directional hearing aid research when he collaborated with two biologists on the auditory systems of small animals. During this project, the researchers discovered that a directionally hearing fly has unique ears and asked Dr. Miles to help figure out how hearing worked in this type of fly. Dr. Miles' biomimetic

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