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Clinical Webinars

 

Acoustic Reflex Testing: Methodology, Interpretation and Clinical Uses

It was once thought that acoustic reflexes were nature’s own protection against noise induced hearing loss. We now know that the purpose of acoustic reflexes is to decrease the intensity of our voices while we are speaking. Measurement of acoustic reflexes should be included within the series of tests performed with tympanometry and does not require a voluntary response by the patient. Air-bone gaps that are seen in pure tone testing can be assessed and often explained by a quick five-minute test of tympanometry and acoustic reflexes.

 

Hearing Loss and Dementia: Current Trends and Opportunities

Recent evidence suggests hearing loss may predict or accelerate cognitive decline. These findings, especially given the rapidly aging American population, have significant clinical implications for hearing healthcare professionals.

 

Dizziness and Diseases of the Ear

A properly functioning balance system allows individuals to see clearly while moving and make automatic adjustments to keep from falling down. Balance is achieved and maintained by a complex system that includes sensory input from the eyes, proprioception (touch), and the vestibular system (motion, equilibrium, spatial orientation). Disruption of the balance system (dizziness) can be caused by many factors, some of which are associated with diseases of the ear.

 

Hearing Aid Compression, Digital Microphones & Noise Reduction

Today’s hearing aids are designed to improve audibility and to increase the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Audibility is a gain issue and this is in the territory of compression. Wide dynamic range compression is generally applied to mild-moderate sensori-neural hearing loss (SNHL), while output limiting compression is applied to severe-profound SNHL. An understanding of compression in yesterday’s analog hearing aid enables one to better understand and appreciate how compression is applied in today’s digital hearing aids.

 

Advanced Wireless Processing for Enhanced Binaural Hearing

As hearing healthcare professionals continue to provide their patients with the latest and most innovative hearing solutions available, understanding and leveraging wireless technology becomes increasingly crucial. Effectively communicating recent advancements, advantages and the benefits of wireless technology to patients enables hearing healthcare professionals to bridge the gap between their commitment to patient care and the most relevant hearing healthcare technology available.

 

Cochlear Dead Regions and Implications for Fittings

It could be that your client has a Cochlear Dead Region, which can profoundly affect the way you fit your patient’s hearing aid. Inner and outer hair cells within the cochlea act like a two-way street, transferring information to and from the brain. Any area where those hair cells are missing or dead creates a roadblock in the hearing process, known as Cochlear Dead Regions.

 

Real Ear Measures – Yesterday and Today

Real Ear Measures tell us what is truly going on in the ear with the hearing aid in place. REM have changed dramatically in recent years. Join us and learn the latest techniques for performing REM and how they have evolved. Expert presenter Ted Venema, PhD, MA, BA, will provide you with an historical overview of REM practices leading up to today’s most current REM methods.

 

Infection Control for the Hearing Healthcare Professional

Learn how to apply the appropriate clinical standards of infection control in a variety of clinical scenarios with our webinar Infection Control for the Hearing Healthcare Professional.  Expert presenter Dr. Julie Purdy, Ph.D, CCCA, Manager of Audiology at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, will provide you with appropriate practice standards to allow personnel, patients and businesses to be safe in their work environments.


Fitting Methods: Origins and Evolution of Modern Practices

The practitioner has multiple methods available to fit patients, including those from manufacturers themselves. Learn about the evolution of fitting methods to those most commonly used today, and how they compare with each other, and why positioning aided speech inside one’s dynamic range is really the bottom line.

 

Tympanometry: Why It Should Be Used by the Hearing Instrument Dispenser

If you are currently not performing tympanometry as part of your routine client test battery or are looking for more information on this topic, this webinar is for you.