Audiometric testing is an important component of an occupational hearing conservation program. It is the process of tracking and managing a worker’s hearing health over time. The programs starts with the production of a baseline audiogram, followed by annual hearing testing, protection training, and follow-up procedures.
Serving and Empowering the World’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing. These are the first words you will read on the website of the only Deaf-led humanitarian group, Deaf Planet Soul (DPS). A registered non-profit group based out of Chicago, Illinois, DPS was founded by Gregory Perez, a Deaf man with decades of non-profit experience.
As the old saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. Quite literally this is how the company I currently run got started. It’s a medical device business that was founded by an ENT surgeon. He used to make twice-yearly humanitarian trips. For months before each trip, he and his team would fundraise so that they could purchase the expensive and specialized testing equipment needed while they were there. They would then donate and leave it behind at the clinics they visited. But upon each return trip, he often found this equipment damaged or missing. Or worse, it went unused because of a shortage of professionals trained on how to operate the units. Frustrated by what he saw, he thought there had to be a better way.
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Did you know that March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day? It recognizes the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis (TB) and it is intended to raise public awareness that, even today, the disease remains an epidemic that causes the deaths of nearly 1.5 million people each year.
In the 7 years since Apple released the first iPad®, how we connect, communicate, receive and share information has changed in ways we could not have imagined. Nearly every industry – from automotive to music, retail, publishing, education, construction, even farming has taken notice. They have found ways to leverage the mobility of tablet technology and take advantage of these powerful computing devices. Even healthcare – an industry notoriously slow to adopt new technology – has found in the tablet a device that many physicians like for its portability, long battery life, and ease of use.
I think it is safe to say that most of us are familiar with the risks children face when their hearing loss goes undetected. It is well documented that they may fall behind in school, have cognitive or speech delays, feel isolated, and even suffer emotionally. These are all very serious issues, and it saddens me to think about even one child who does not have access to regular hearing health care. But lately, I’ve been thinking – and reading – about risk-of-elderly-hearing-loss.