Audiology in Brief Do experienced hearing aid users understand how to manipulate their hearing aids? Researchers at Syracuse University developed the Practical Hearing Aid Skills Test (PHAST) to test objectively a hearing aid user’s ability to perform eight hearing aid care and use tasks typically taught to new users at their hearing ... News in Brief
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News in Brief  |   July 01, 2009
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News in Brief   |   July 01, 2009
Audiology in Brief
The ASHA Leader, July 2009, Vol. 14, 5. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB.14092009.5
The ASHA Leader, July 2009, Vol. 14, 5. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB.14092009.5
Testing Hearing Aid Use
Do experienced hearing aid users understand how to manipulate their hearing aids? Researchers at Syracuse University developed the Practical Hearing Aid Skills Test (PHAST) to test objectively a hearing aid user’s ability to perform eight hearing aid care and use tasks typically taught to new users at their hearing aid fitting. The PHAST, along with questionnaires on hearing aid satisfaction and use, was administered to 50 veteran hearing aid users. Results showed that experienced hearing aid users range from excellent understanding (a score of 100%) to poor understanding (48% score) of how to use their hearing aids, and that performance was associated with age. The study, published in the June issue of the American Journal of Audiology, highlights the importance of directly assessing a client’s ability to use his or her hearing aids.
Early Intervention and Bilateral CIs
Children with bilateral cochlear implants vary in their ability to localize sound from near-normal to chance performance, but early auditory stimulation is important for the development of this capacity. Researchers at Ghent University in Belgium studied 30 children who received their first sequential bilateral cochlear implant at 6 months to 9 years of age and their second implant at 1.5 to 12 years of age. The time between the two surgeries ranged from 10 months to 9 years. The children were asked to localize a broadband bell-ring presented from one of nine loudspeakers positioned in front of them.
Children who received their first implant before age 2 and those who used hearing aids for 18 months or more prior to implantation achieved the best localization scores. The age at which the second implant was received was important for children who did not use a hearing aid contralaterally after the first implant. In addition, children who attended mainstream schools had better localization scores than children who attended schools for the deaf. Visit Audiology and Neurotology(Vol. 15, No. 1) for an abstract.
Iowa Launches Text Messaging to 911
The Black Hawk County, Iowa, 911 dispatch center is believed to be the first in the nation capable of communicating with callers through text messaging on cell phones. This breakthrough will free people with hearing loss from using specialized communication devices or relay centers to contact 911 in an emergency.
The technology will go live in Black Hawk County in early July; callers in other counties and states, however, will have to wait until 911 texting becomes more widely available.
To establish the connection, a group of companies and public safety organizations developed an enhanced short message service (SMS) to establish a text-conversation link directly between the caller and 911 dispatchers. Texting is widely used among people with hearing or speech impairments, and the developers are working to improve the speed and reliability of 911 SMS for public safety communications.
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