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UI hosts International Hearing Aid Conference
IOWA CITY, Iowa Technology has greatly improved
the quality of hearing aids over the years. To make sure that advancement continues,
the University of Iowa plans to present its fifth biannual International Hearing
Aid Conference June 4 - 6.
The goal of the three-day event, titled "Beyond
Traditional Amplification," is to bring together researchers, clinicians
and engineers from around the world to discuss what is new and exciting in hearing
aid technology and research.
"It is important that we share information so that
in the end we can better serve the patients and help improve their quality of
life," said Richard Tyler, Ph.D., UI professor of otolaryngology, and speech
pathology and audiology. Tyler is a member of the committee organizing this
Tyler will present a special session titled "Cochlear
Implants for People Who Use Hearing Aids." His discussion is one of several
talks on how researchers and caregivers are thinking beyond traditional amplification.
Cochlear implants were first used in treating only deafness, not hearing loss;
however, researchers are recognizing that the devices can help individuals who
do not response well to hearing aids alone. As Tyler explained, for individuals
with profound hearing loss, using a cochlear implant with a hearing aid may
sometimes be beneficial. A cochlear implant is an electronic device that a physician
surgically places in a persons cochlea. The device, which receives signals
from a processor worn outside the body, takes the place of damaged or absent
cochlear hair cells. The device converts acoustic information into electrical
signals that can be transmitted to the brain and perceived as sound.
Some of the other conference session topics include
"Do Hearing Aids Aid Hearing?," "New Approaches in Noise Reduction,"
and "Implantable Hearing Aids."
The conference is sponsored by the UI department of
otolaryngology head & neck surgery, the UI department of speech pathology
and audiology, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Audiology and Speech
The conference is open to audiologists and hearing aid
dealers. Continuing education credit is available. For more information, contact
Cheryl Schlote, conference secretary, at (319) 356-2471 or by e-mail at email@example.com.