Over this past year, I have noticed a larger than usual number of people deciding to retire from their jobs and exit their businesses. This may be expected given Canada’s aging population and more people reaching retirement age. However, what I am seeing is more people retiring early. Some cannot keep up with the rapid evolvement of technology and workplace changes, while others realize that life is just too short. Unfortunately, not all these retirees will have a comfortable retirement. Without a corporate pension plan, they will rely on their personal savings to provide a retirement income stream.
What Do Hearing Healthcare Professionals Do to Promote Hearing Aid Use and Benefit Among Adults? A Systematic Review
Afzarini H. Ismail, Kevin J. Munro, Christopher J. Armitage & Piers D. Dawes
To conduct a systematic review of the evidence in relation to what hearing healthcare professionals do during hearing aid consultations and identifying which behaviours promote hearing aid use and benefit among adult patients. Searches were performed in electronic databases MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycInfo, Web of Science, PubMed and Google Scholar. The Crowe Critical Appraisal Tool and Melnyk Levels of Evidence were used to assess quality and level of evidence of eligible studies. Behaviours of hearing healthcare professionals were summarised descriptively. 17 studies met the inclusion criteria.
Thomas Littlejohns, University of Oxford
The number of people living with dementia is projected to treble from 50 to 150 million worldwide by 2050. Although there’s currently no cure for the condition, researchers are continuing to learn about how people can reduce their risk through making lifestyle changes (such as exercising more or quitting smoking) and managing health issues (including diabetes and hypertension).
Contributed by Madeleine Burry
August 16, 2021
We’ve probably all had this experience: You attend a concert, and when you leave the arena, your hearing is disconcertingly awry. Sounds are muffled, your ears feel full, and you may have ringing in your ears (aka tinnitus). This is what’s known as temporary threshold shift (TTS), and as the name indicates, the temporary hearing loss or tinnitus that results is typically fleeting.
But those symptoms—the clogged-up ears, the ringing—are indications of damage, and repeated bouts of TTS could lead to permanent harm to your hearing.
What is the future of hearing health care? It is a challenging question, but also a timely one. As the world begins to emerge from its Covid-19 isolation, health — both physical and mental — will take on new importance. Hearing care must be included in the broader discussion and Ida Institute’s Future Hearing Journeys Report is the first step in this process. In my most recent article for Ida, I discuss the changes that are coming from the perspective of the person with hearing loss. An excerpt is below, but you can read the full article on Ida Institute.
July 05, 2021
A diagram showing the alpha hearing aid installed inside a user's ear canal. Vibrosonic
In most hearing aids, sounds emitted by a tiny speaker are directed down the ear canal. The "alpha" hearing aid is different, however – and reportedly better – in that its speaker actually sits directly against the wearer's eardrum.
Described as a "hearing contact lens," the device is being manufactured by German startup Vibrosonic. It incorporates technology developed by researchers at the University of Tübingen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation.