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Digital FM assistive listening systems are a step up from older analog FM systems, as interference has become a growing problem, especially with CI’s, in our increasingly crowded frequency spectrum. To that end, the Phonak Roger is a


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ReSound & Cochlear Wireless Accessory Compatibility

[SEE ARTICLE FOR LATEST UPDATES 4/17/2017] Over the last four years GN ReSound has released nine separate Unite wireless accessories for use with the Alera, Verso, LiNX and Enzo hearing aids, along with parallel models sold


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Can Noise Impulses From Softball Hitting Negatively Affect Your Hearing? Editor’s Note: From time to time The Hearing Blog presents interesting guest articles for our Readers. Today’s post is the eighth in our Guest Article series,


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Northwestern Professor Nina Kraus is someone for whom we have a great deal of respect, so when she editorialized that Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD) & Central Auditory Processing Disorder be viewed under the same “biological


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Hearing Health Matters: David Kirkwood Taking Credit On The Blockbuster Costco-Phonak Story Where It’s Not Due. Imagine our surprise when our friends over at Hearing Health Matters dispatched an e-mail with this claim: Hearing News Watch,


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Nucleus 6 CI users in North America: The FDA’s Medical Device branch in Maryland has finally approved the 2.4 gHz digital wireless accessories licensed from GN ReSound according to this bulletin from Cochlear Americas, a full


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The Hearing Blog has held off on publishing ratings on the ReSound LiNX “Made for iPhone” (MFi) hearing aid due to current drain issues, as unlike the #13-powered Starkey Halo, the original version was released only in their 312-powered x61 RIC


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We at The Hearing Blog have No Connection to the new “Evil Audiologist” website, written by what must be a disgruntled insider, that has the hearing care profession buzzing: Like Southpark, it’s simultaneously funny, foul, …and occasionally informative. It


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Warm greetings go out to our new friends in IT coming in via the WServer News Tip of the Week for September 8th! Connecting a CaptionCall phone to a simple encrypted WiFi network is relatively straightforward. However, we


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First Person Report: Not Everyone Can Adjust to Digital Hearing Aids After A Lifetime Of Analog(ue)

Longtime UK hearing aid user Karen Stockton passionately describes in The Limping Chicken how what looks good on paper, namely that of “enhancing” audibility of sounds with the wide dynamic range compression (WDRC; technically logarithmic gain)


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How the “secret sauce” in the Starkey S-series and the GN ReSound Sparx/Danalogic 6090 and GN ReSound Enzo, LiNX² & Enzo² hearing aids can help ANSD, profoundly deaf, and other challenging patients… UPDATE 2: Our friend Jason Galster discussed this in 2012 in Prescribing Compression


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We apologize to our readers for posting this article, as we did not fully vet this story in our haste to go to press. Let’s just use the adjective “Glasshole” …and leave it at that. Since


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Yes, you can safely wear your hearing aids to bed both for tinnitus suppression and environmental awareness: Here’s the recipe. We’ve been wearing hearing aids 24/7/365 without squealing when laying down… And you can wear yours


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Your Friday Hearing Aid Humour For this one, look closely at the 51 second mark: If you thought that was funny, here’s Brian Williams talking to Jimmy Fallon a few weeks later —  Part 1 and


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Learn how cables affect drive performance and get tips to help ensure your variable frequency drive (VFD) system operates as expected …And not interfere with hearing aids, cochlear implants, and audio frequency induction (“hearing”) loop systems.


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This caught our attention, and made us put on our gEEk hats over morning coffee: Starting at magnetic flux densities of 3 Teslas (3.0 Webers/m² or ≈2.4 million Ampere/meter with µ = µ0) the magneto-hydrodynamic Lorentz force, derived


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UPDATE: Reuters reports Sonova has completed the acquisition of Comfort Audio. (October 2, 2014) Sonova Holding AG and Comfort Audio i Halmstad AB (Sweden) have entered into an agreement where Sonova will acquire 100% of the


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 Canceled! The Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder 2014 Conference will be held on June 18th 2014 at Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware with the aims of training professionals in the diagnosis and management of ANSD. In keeping


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1. “Wait, so if you can hear me then you’re not actually deaf.” Deaf, hard of hearing… WHATEVER. Fox / Via gifhunterress.tumblr.com   2. When people silently mouth things to you. You’re so clever and funny.


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The Hearing Blog has learned that Siemens will place their hearing aid division up for sale again tomorrow (Wednesday May 7th). 11:45 PM EDT UPDATE: Reuters reports that the hearing aid business will be spun off and


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CONFIRMED: Phonak says it will distribute hearing aids through Costco

On Sunday March 9th at noon we broke the story that Costco will be selling Phonak premium hearing aids for $1349 through their 500+ dispensing locations; and the next day we presented our Analysis on how it


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ANALYSIS: Advanced Bionics Will Be Harmed By Costco Selling Phonak Hearing Aids

As we broke the news yesterday that Sonova’s (symbol: SOON:VX) Phonak division will be selling premium hearing aids for $1349 at Costco “big box” stores in North America, a price that is about what dealers pay,


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BREAKING NEWS: Costco to sell Phonak premium hearing aids for $1349

Phonak, having seen the July 2013 expansion of GN ReSound’s Minnesota facility to handle Costco’s business, wants a piece of the pie and is joining them and Rexton in selling deeply discounted premium hearing aids to


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  We at The Hearing Blog are strong supporters of cochlear implants (CI’s); but this particular case of a recipient who has progressive hearing loss implanted with a short electrode hybrid at the University of Iowa


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Friday Hearing Aid Humor…

I tell people who whisper in my ear that blowing into my hearing aids doesn’t work…


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NEWS: Researchers may have discovered a plan to disable Meniere’s Syndrome

NEWS: Researchers may have discovered a plan to disable Meniere’s Syndrome Original title:  Researchers may have discovered a plan to disable Meniere’s disease Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver may have


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UPDATED: Qualifying For Cochlear Implants: Were YOU Washed Out Due To Improper Speech Testing?

  We at The Hearing Blog have recently received several troubling reports of severe-to-profoundly deaf people who are clearly candidates for cochlear implants being denied in the qualification process, on the basis of improper speech perception


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Bluetooth 4.1 is coming on December 3rd, and it’s an improvement for hearing aids

  Bluetooth 4.1 is coming on December 3rd, and it’s an improvement for hearing aids and cochlear implants: Although not yet widely publicized, our friends at GeekWire have an exclusive look at what’s coming with Bluetooth


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Participate in a brief iPhone-based in-home study of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) for all ages

  Do you or your child have Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), either with or without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? If so, please participate in a brief in-home study on your iPhone to determine if there is


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iOS 7 default eye candy stuff-up triggers vertigo with hearing impaired & other users

  Apple’s “Parallax” eye candy in the default iOS 7 settings stuff-up is giving untold grief to people who have vestibulo-ocular-reflex (VOR) and other balance disorders: This article explains the effect, the underlying optical and physiological


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Guest Article: A Critical Review of the Evidence for Notched Sound Therapy as a Treatment for Tinnitus: A Summary

  A Critical Review of the Evidence for Notched Sound Therapy as a Treatment for Tinnitus: A Summary  Editor’s Note: From time to time The Hearing Blog presents guest articles for our Readers to consider. Today’s


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Jacob Landis’ Ride For Hearing Halted By Serious Hit-And-Run Accident In FL

Some of you may have been following the story of Annapolis MD resident Jacob Landis, who was on a 10,000+ mile bike ride to visit all 30 major league baseball stadiums to raise $1 million for


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  At 6:46 AM on August 28th, 2013, The Hearing Blog had its 100,000th hit. Going live in May 2010, we crossed the 50,000 hit threshold just this January 18th. Thank you for your support.


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Guest Article: Notched Sound Therapy as a Treatment for Tinnitus: A Guide for Hearing Professionals

Editor’s Note: From time to time The Hearing Blog presents guest articles for our Readers to consider. Today’s article written by Peter Phua,  a graduate of McMaster University’s medical program, is on AudioNotch, an on-line provider


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  Silicone ear  impression materials have two primary properties that hearing aid and hearing conservation professionals must take into account for each patient, depending on the texture and elasticity of the outer third, cartilaginous portion of


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Part and parcel for direct iPhone communications to hearing aids & CI’s is support for the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (“BLE”) protocol: Apple has had it in iOS for over a year; and now finally Google’s Android


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  The Acceptable Noise Level (ANL) test is a valuable tool both for hearing impaired people as well as for professionals, as it tells us how much distracting noise bothers the person. This now-free test provides


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Yesterday was a sad day in the 34 year history of the Hearing Loss Association: Your humble Editor and his partner are paid Members in Good Standing, and took time off from work to fly to


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Guest article: Will the Mobile Medical Apps transform hearing healthcare? By Tarik Zukic Editor’s Note: From time to time The Hearing Blog presents guest articles for our Readers to consider. Today’s article by Tarik Zukic, who


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Book Review: Introduction to Electroacoustics & Audio Amplifier Design, by Prof Marshall Leach (with notes on gyrators)

The Hearing Blog reviews "Introduction to Electroacoustics & Audio Amplifier Design" by Georgia Tech Professor W Marshall Leach Jr (1940-2010). This book is used as the text for Audio Engineering courses taught at universities in


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  How Not to Take an Ear Impression, filmed by BBC at Royal Berkshire Hospital: This YouTube video is so wrong, on so many levels! One of the ingredients in a successful hearing aid fitting is to start out with a


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Mark your 2014 planning calendar for June 26-29 for the Hearing Loss Association of America’s annual convention in beautiful Austin, Texas! Why The Hearing Blog is announcing the 2014 Convention site now: In previous years the Convention site was announced as


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Breaking News: Cochlear’s new Nucleus 6 cochlear implant speech processor will use GN ReSound Unite 2.45 gHz wireless streaming accessories, rendering obsolete troublesome FM systems. Back in September we reported on Cochlear licensing GN ReSound’s 2.45 gHz


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Last year, the BBC reported that more and more hearing aid users are programming their own hearing aids. Today, British subject Robert Mandara lays out a compelling case for user programming in the first of his three-part


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First Person Report: Widex M-Dex Hearing Aid Streamer Woes

Atlanta software engineer and applied mathmatician Rippah Ultmuncher shows in his stinging blog entry that although he is having great success with his Widex Clear 440 hearing aids, the same cannot be said of his M-Dex


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London’s Deafinitely Girly shows how the Phonak SoundRecover hearing aid frequency lowering scheme totally wrecks music… And when convolved with the groundbreaking research at Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory that has connected the strengthening of the auditory cortex in


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Telehealth is coming to the hearing care profession, and it will be everywhere from a pediatrician handing you the Georgia Tech Remotoscope attachment for your iPhone to monitor your child’s ear infection, to the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre


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On occasion we get very interesting reader comments; and this one from ReSound fires the first shot in the “Made for iPhone” War, Part 1 left by Hank is good enough to merit a separate article: I have the Verso


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GN ReSound introduces the Phone Clip+ Bluetooth streamer, the first “Made for iPhone” device on the market… And The Hearing Blog has the review, including the discovery of a bug in the companion v1.0.0 Control app (article


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HTC has rolled out an update to version 2.4.0 of its Hearing Aids app for the Windows Phone mobile platform. The app is a system tool for those of us who require higher in-call volume levels: Should you happen


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Fifth in our “Made for iPhone” hearing aid series Several people who wear 5-6 year old hearing aids have written in asking if they should wait the 6-9 months for the “Made for iPhone” hearing aids


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 Or, “when you’re up to your ass in alligators, it’s hard to remember you’re draining the swamp” Life of Pi has opened to deservedly huge crowds due to rave reviews; but what is the experience if you


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From time to time we find interesting articles by other bloggers we syndicate. This one is by “Deafinitely Girly,” who is an anonymous severely Deaf blogger in London who just got her first pair of hearing aids.


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The Remotoscope: The iPhone-based video otoscope from Georgia Tech that enables Telehealth for parents, school nurses, in-home caregivers, and hearing care professionals UPDATE (12/21/2014): The platform was licensed to San Francisco-based CellScope Inc, and pre-orders are being taken now.


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Surge Impedance: Why you see the spark when you unplug your iron

One morning last month started off over coffee with a Sherlock Ohms article in Design News Magazine titled Noise Messed With the Automation System …Hmmm, this looked interesting, so lets see what the problem was [annotated with my comments


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URGENT UPDATE: We just received a polite-but-panicked “OOPS!” phone call from a Starkey vice president… Turns out, this special Starkey PowerPoint presentation to the audiology students at the Academy of Doctors of Audiology annual convention wasn’t really for


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Moore’s Law, named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore from his 1965 Electronics Magazine article, posits that the number of transistors on a chip will double about every two years. This has mostly held true for the


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April 2015 Update: There is more to this effect coming out, as it appears noise-induced cochlear synaptopathy7 — which by insidiously causing auditory dys-synchrony places it squarely in the auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD) “spectrum” —


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The Bluetooth 4.0 dominos are falling: Following up on our Apple Hearing Aid? Not So Fast…  post on Friday 14 September, we have this post from the Official ReSound Blog: Cochlear Adopts GN ReSound’s 2.4 GHz


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What we at The Hearing Blog believe will be the foundation of the "Made for Apple" hearing aids by the Big Six hearing aid manufacturers, starting out with a discussion of telecoils and their shortcomings.
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Here is a list of articles that are "in the typewriter" at various stages of completion, pending research, verification, vetting, and lab testing: •Introduction to Electroacoustics & Audio Amplifier Design, by Dr Marshall Leach (with notes on


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Book Review: Programming Cochlear Implants, by Jace Wolfe PhD and Erin Schafer PhD

The Hearing Blog reviews Programming Cochlear Implants, by Jace Wolfe and Erin C Schafer; Plural Publishing. ISBN 978-1-59756-372-7


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Some of the search terms people have used to find The Hearing Blog: Advanced Bionics Recall, Adiabatic vs Isothermal propagation, Dr Shelley Borgia, Starkey AMP review, Advanced Bionics layoffs, Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, John Niparko, and


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FCC Updates Standards on Mobile Phones and Hearing Aid Compatibility: On April 9, 2012, the FCC approved a new technical standard for testing phones for hearing aid compatibility (HAC). After this new standard is adopted and


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Setting Hearing Aid Maximum Power Output Using Stapedial (Acoustic) Reflex Thresholds: How using the stapedial (acoustic; middle ear muscle) reflex in the tympanometer (impedance bridge) can make for improved hearing aid and cochlear implant fittings; and


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The National Institute on Deafness and other Communications Disorders (NIDCD) 2012-2016 Strategic Plan is a four year roadmap for this agency. This article presents Science Capsules for Cochlear Implants & Hearing Aids, and also the Executive


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This is a two-part story on how The Hearing Blog editor Dan Schwartz scored a working clinical tympanometer for $25… And why it's such a valuable tool for both detecting Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, and


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At the ANSD 2012 Conference in St Pete on Friday, March 16th, Professor Linda Hood PhD presented on the Variation in Detection and Discrimination Abilities in AN/AD, and the Implications for Management. You can download her


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At the Auditory Neuropathy Conference 2012 in St Pete on Thursday morning, we had a very interesting presentation by Steven Shapiro, MD on Hyperbilirubinemia and Bilirubin Induced Neurological Disease (BIND). Dr Shapiro is with the Division


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Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder Conference 2012

We'll be live blogging from the upcoming Conference on the Diagnosis and Management of Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorders (ANSD), hosted by Charles Berlin &Linda Hood March 15th through 17th in St Pete, Florida. Topics covered


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There's a dangerous new trend among teens on noise-induced hearing loss: Besides the usual air of invincibility, teens are now adopting a "so what, technology will fix it" attitude, as the number of teens having a


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Univ of North Texas Audiology Professor Dr Erin Schafer is looking for paid volunteers in the DFW area with limited or no hearing in one ear BUT who have normal or some hearing in the other,


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If you suspect a child from age 4 months to 12 years has a hearing or listening difficulty, the free Early Listening Function (ELF for 4 months to 3 years), and the Children's Home


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On Thursday 2/16/2012 we discovered the Advanced Bionics Singapore website was hacked. Although at first we got a chuckle out of it, on further review, after the breach lasted over 24 hours, we are calling on


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The Hearing Blog makes the case using proper thermodynamic terminology when dealing with acoustic wave propagation to use the term "compression" instead of "condensation," as the opposite of rarefaction


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Better Hearing Institute director Dr Sergei Kochkin had an interesting reply to Jason Galsters’ What motivates hearing aid use: “So many of the people with hearing loss have mild hearing loss and are simply not candidates


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Sarah "Speak Up Librarian" Wegleys' first-person account of her success story using a Bellman Audio Domino Pro FM system in her workplace to help her perform her daily job duties.


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New Research presented at the recent Acoustical Society of America research meeting by Dr Derek M Houston at Riley Hospital for Children (Indianapolis) shows how both listening and hearing is different for children who have cochlear


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Audiologist Dr Shelley Borgia and her patient Jim McDade were less-than truthful about the causes of McDades' hearing loss during their appearance on the August 10 edition of NBC Today


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Because hearing impaired children cannot hear or fully decode the nuances of speech, they can be easily confused when an adult speaks with a sarcastic tone, as the inverted meaning will often be lost on them.


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