The Now Effect of Intiga
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Hello and welcome to this episode of Hearing Review TV, your all access pass to all things hearing. I’m Gina Ninemire. We start today with a story out of Seattle, at the University of Washington Medical Center where a patient has become the world’s first recipient of a device meant to treat the disabling vertigo associated with Meniere’s disease.
Meniere’s Disease is a condition which affects the hearing and balance with varying intensity and frequency, but can be extremely debilitating. In the United States, Meniere’s affects less than 1% of the population.
The disease occurs most commonly in people ages 30-50, but can strike anyone. The clinicians who developed the implantable device hope its success in a 10 person surgical trial of Meniere’s patients will lead to exploration in the devices usefulness in combating other balance disorders.
The device being tested, a cochlear implant and processor with re-engineered software and electrode arrays, represents 4-plus years of work by Drs Jay Rubinstein and James Phillips of UW’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
According to Dr. Phillips, the device acts as an override and does nothing to change what is happening in the ear, but eliminates the symptoms while replacing the function of the ear until it recovers.
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A study of over 527 patients shows that a minimally invasive %u201Ckeyhole%u201D or endoscopic procedure is safer and more effective than the invasive approaches favored by most surgeons. The study found that patients who underwent the keyhole procedure were more likely to: have their hearing preserved, experience far less facial paralysis, enjoy fewer post-operative complications and have faster recovery times than those who underwent the traditional method.
The study, completed in July 2010, will be published in an upcoming issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery. It is always nice to give credit where credit is due. First, New Jersey-based Oticon has announced that Dr.
Donald Schum, the company’s vice president of audiology and professional relations, has received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from the college of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Schum was honored for his outstanding contributions to education and research in speech and hearing science. And also, The University of Texas at Dallas is reporting that the American Speech-Language Hearing Association awarded Dr.
Emily Tobey, its prestigious Honors of the Association for her pioneering research and academic leadership. Meanwhile in Long Island, New York, Widex Hearing Aid Company Presidents Ron Meltsner and Eric Spar and the Board of Directors of Vaerlose, Denmark-based Widex A/S have reached a mutual agreement to transfer distributorship.
The transfer became effective November 3. Jake Haycock has been named President of Widex USA. Haycock formerly headed Widex Canada operations. Have you ever wished you could take a picture to document your communications style? Well, a new lab called The Family Lab, is doing just that in the United Kingdom.
Award winning British film Director Ken Loach has opened a new research lab that explores new ways of improving communication between parents and children with hearing difficulties. The Family Lab films the interaction between parents and their children.
Researchers then study the footage and identify moments where parents and children have successful communication. These moments could be contained in a single frame showing body or facial expressions.
The images are then worked on by the parents to develop their own skills. The program’s goal is to help parents build confidence in their own ability to communicate with their child. In a related story from Northridge, California, the award winning documentary, “From Silence to Sound” by Brooklyn Girl Productions, is now available on DVD.
The 48-minute film documents the life changing journey of Justin Garrett, a man profoundly deaf since birth, who undergoes bilateral cochlear implantation. “From Silence to Sound” is available on DVD at www.
fromsilencetosound.com, or as a video-on-demand rental or purchase at Amazon.com. Today’s broadcast is brought to you by ReSound Alera, the world’s first truly wireless hearing aid. We hope you enjoyed watching and listening to this edition of Hearing Review TV.
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