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The "Speech Banana" and the Sounds of Human Speech

The "Speech Banana" and the Sounds of Human Speech

The "Speech Banana" is a very useful visual tool for describing where the sounds used in everyday human speech occur on an audiogram. Parts of speech that are commonly used are known as "phonemes" and include "ng", "th", or "s" as well as many more.

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Hearing loss linked to accelerated brain tissue loss

Source:Johns Hopkins Medicine Summary: Although the brain becomes smaller with age, the shrinkage seems to be fast-tracked in older adults with hearing loss, according to the results of a study. The findings add to a growing list of health consequences associated with hearing loss, including increased risk of dementia, falls, hospitalizations, and diminished physical and mental health overall. Although the brain becomes smaller with age, the shrinkage seems to be fast-tracked in older adults with hearing loss, according to the results of a study by researchers from Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging. The findings add to a growing...

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The Difference Between Hearing Amplifiers and Hearing Aids

Many people who start to lose their hearing instantly think they need a hearing aid because that’s the term they have used or heard before from friends, family, or in advertisements. Although hearing aids are great devices and help millions of people each year, they are not the only option when it comes to hearing loss. Hearing amplifiers or sound amplifiers are another fantastic tool for people to consider when going through minor hearing loss. But how do you know which is best for you? Read the information below to give yourself a better idea of what you need based...

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Over-The-Counter Devices Hold Their Own Against Costly Hearing Aids

Over-The-Counter Devices Hold Their Own Against Costly Hearing Aids

Hearing aids that can cost more than $2,000 apiece are only slightly more effective than some over-the-counter sound-amplification devices that sell for just a few hundred dollars, according to a recent study. The study bolsters legislation pending in Congress, which would have the Food and Drug Administration set regulations for cheaper over-the-counter products and is designed to make the devices more widely accessible and safer. Consumers with mild to moderate hearing loss would be able to purchase the devices without a prescription and without a medical exam, knowing they meet federal safety standards. For the study, researchers compared how well 42 older adults with...

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Hearing Amplifiers and Hearing Aids—How to Choose the Best Device

Hearing Amplifiers and Hearing Aids—How to Choose the Best Device

Did you know that you can purchase a hearing device at your local department store? It is true; you can buy a device that will amplify sounds for you. Although people buy these devices instead of a hearing aid, they are not approved medical products. These devices, intended to be used by individuals with normal hearing, enhance nature sounds and music. Hearing Aids A hearing aid is an FDA regulated device that consists of three parts: a microphone, an amplifier, and a speaker. Typically, a hearing aid receives sound through the microphone, which converts sound waves into electrical impulses and...

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