June 2011

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Study shows hearing devices improve life

A new Better Hearing Institute study shows increased quality of life with hearing aid use

A new study by the Better Hearing Institute asked hearing aid owners to rate their hearing handicap reduction attributed to hearing aid usage as well as the impact of hearing aids on 14 quality of life factors. The key findings are as follows:


Problems with hearing loop systems in the UK

Many shops in the UK do not provide looping systems for people with hearing loss. And among those who do, many are out of order.

The British organisation for the hearing impaired, RNID, has investigated more than 1,500 businesses across the UK. They found a shocking lack of loop systems in shops and services.

The RNID survey found that:

  • 86 % of services were inaccessible for hearing aid users 
  • 945 out of the 1,518 premises visited did not have a loop fitted at all.
  • Of those 573 businesses surveyed which did have loops, only 38% of them had loops that were working, switched on and signposted. 

Going Topless Can Hurt Your Hearing

According to research out of Saint Louis University School of Medicine and The Ear Institute of Texas, your new Porsche 911 convertible may be exciting, but it can also damage your hearing.

The researchers tested five popular convertibles and drove with the top down and wind in their ears at various speeds and measured the decibel levels.