If you have ever had a conference call you will likely understand the frustration of being a part of a broken conversation in which you cannot participate. This video sums it up perfectly and may give you a chuckle.Read More
Almost every clinician has had a case of malingering. Just a few years ago, while still an undergrad, I came across a patient who was simply ‘faking it’. Sure, most malingerers trip up at some point, but not all of them. Most malingerers don't fully understand the illness or disability they are trying to portray and, like the actors they see on TV, malingerers can only portray a role as well as they understand it. They often overact their part in the belief that the more bizarre their behavior, the more convincing they will be.Read More
Gone are the days where water wheels and steam engines were the primary source of power. Electricity took over and led the world from the first industrial revolution to the second. This new found power source, electricity, meant that systems could be improved and processes accelerated, paving the way for mass production. However, the establishment of the third revolution saw the influx of disruptive technologies, namely computerization and automation.Read More
Speech is the auditory stimulus through which we communicate. Auditory assessment using speech is therefore of great interest in the field of speech and hearing sciences; in fact, it has a long history in the evaluation of hearing from as early as the 1800s. Auditory assessment using speech has been studied as early as 1804, but the validity and reliability of speech testing is as important today as it was then.Read More
The audiologist can be a solitary species. Choosing to lose ourselves in our work and focus on patient care instead of the heady social life we see zooming around us. Maybe it's because we are very focused, or perhaps it's because many of us are in some ways introverted. After all, this is the path we chose and we are sticking to it.Read More
The expression ‘less is more’ is not always true. In healthcare, where the output is directly related to the input, the idea that one can yield a greater output with less input is both unreasonable and illogical. In this case, ‘more is more’. But what if we flipped the script and proposed the phrase ‘more is less’. This idea, commonly known as the economies of scales, dates back to the 1700’s. This principle explains the advantages obtained when goods are purchased in large quantities and forms the basis of health care solutions for the masses.Read More
In a time when almost everything in society is either automated or portable, why is it then that certain sectors are being left behind?
The answer to this question isn’t straightforward that’s for sure, but regardless of its nature, it’s one that needs to be addressed.
The digital age marked a time in human history when the transition from traditional industry, i.e. the Industrial Revolution, to the information technology occurred. It defined a period when information was now transferred freely and swiftly. It was the beginning of an age that would not only revolutionize how things are done but how they are shared as well.Read More
We are all acutely aware of the fact that in order to stay healthy we need to exercise. We are especially aware after a long cold winter or summer holiday. While the list of benefits we gain from physical activity including longer life, improved vitality and weight-loss, many of us still don't do it.Read More
Of the many hearing tests, speech is one of the most fundamental in the test battery. Unfortunately, it has been shown to be one of the tests that audiologists conduct without using procedures that have been shown to be valid and reliable (Martin & Pennington, 1971; Martin & Forbis, 1978; Martin & Sides, 1985; Martin & Morris, 1989; Martin et al, 1994, 1998; Wiley et al,1995). The continued use of monitored live voice (MLV) for speech stimuli presentation is prevalent , despite ample literature indicating why recorded speech should be preferred. (Carhart, 1946, 1965; Brandy, 1966; Kreul et al, 1969; Penrod, 1979; Hood & Poole, 1980; Mullennix et al, 1989; Roeser & Clark, 2008; Wilson & McArdle, 2008; Katz, 2014).Read More
World Hearing Day was a little over a month ago. On the day, WHO released their estimates of the numbers they predict will have disabling hearing loss by 2050.
While the numbers they predicted were startling, it didn't seem as though it garnered enough of a reaction.
They estimated that 900 million people will suffer from disabling hearing loss by 2050. That is up from the current number of 466 million.Read More