Researchers at University of Helsinki, and University College London have Found Evidence that Children with Hearing Impairment and Cochlear Implants Can Benefit from Hobbies Involving Music and Especially Singing
By Elisa Lautala
The results published in Music Perception show that the auditory skills of hearing impaired children are connected to the amount of singing and music in their everyday lives. In the study, University lecturer of logopedics Ritva Torppa, PhD, from University of Helsinki measured auditory skills, perception of speech in noise, singing skills, and brain responses to changes in musical sounds in children with cochlear implants. Some children took part in regular singing and other musical activities while others did not.
By Debbie Clason
Just as autumn is a glorious time to throw open the windows and enjoy some fresh air, winter is a time to keep them closed and fight off the chill. But the home-baked smells and warmth of the season aren’t the only things we’ve trapped inside — so is the noise generated by daily living. And while many sounds are absorbed by the soft interiors of our homes — think curtains, furniture and carpeting — our hearing health depends on our ability to keep inside noises at acceptable levels this time of year.
By Eva Bergstedt
Results from a research study published in Nature Communications show how the inner ear processes speech, something that has until now been unknown. The authors of the report include researchers from Linköping University.
Contributed by Mandy Mroz, AuD, director, Healthy Hearing
November 7, 2018
In patients with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, the brain is attacked and everyday functions become impossible or extremely difficult. According to the Alzheimer's Association, a startling 5.7 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases, costing the nation about $277 billion in 2018. Despite awareness and research into this troublesome and life-robbing disease, every 65 seconds someone in the U.S. develops the disease. Alzheimer's disease is now the sixth leading cause of death in our country.
Not a day goes by that I hear from a grandparent voicing that all too common financial concern. "How can I help my children and grandchildren now instead of later without jeopardizing my own retirement plans and also be able to afford quality health care in my old age?" Crystal ball anyone?