Hearing Review TV Episode 7

Uploaded by hrpalliedmedia on 25.01.2011

Hello, and welcome to this episode of HR TV,
your all-access pass to all things hearing.
I'm Jon Daugharthy.
We begin today with a piece on TSA.
Granted, TSA has been in the news quite a bit recently,
but this story might come as a relief to many
hearing impaired travelers. The TSA states
that the hearing devices such as hearing aids,
cochlear implants, external component of cochlear implants
and middle ear implants are not affected by x-ray
inspection or walk through metal detector screening.
Additionally, these devices also may be safely screened
using advanced imaging technology. However,
Bonnie Adams of the Hearing Loss Association of Santa Barbara
points out that may not be the case. According to the
Advanced Bionics user guides, both the
BTE Harmony and the PSP body-worn processor microphones
can be damaged by airport x-ray machines. Quoting the manual,
Adams said, "X-ray machines will not damage the implant but
may damage the internal processor microphone or the T-mic.
Avoid placing these items in cargo luggage or carry-on luggage
that are screened with x-rays. During airport security screening,
the processor/T-mic should either be worn through the metal detector
or be examined by hand." Adams fears misinformation
in the TSA policy could lead to some "very stressful security encounters."
However, it should be noted that the TSA does
state in its recommendations: "If you are concerned or
uncomfortable with going through the walk-through metal detector,
or are uneasy with having your external component of
your cochlear implant x-rayed, you can ask for a full body
pat-down of your person and a visual and physical inspection
of the exterior component while it remains on your body."
For more information go to www.tsa.gov/travelers.
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Now for a little jet-setting...First to London
where hip-hop producer, William Adams, also known as Will.I.Am
of the popular Blackeyed Peas, revealed in an interview
that when it comes to hearing, he's not, to paraphrase a line
from the group's current song,"having the time of his life."
Instead, he is suffering from tinnitus. The 35-year-old
recently told British newspaper, The Sun,"I don't know
what silence sounds like anymore. Music is the only thing
which eases my pain." Will.I.Am said his condition continues
to worsen, but does not mention trying any specific therapies
or treatments beyond continuing to work.
And in Kyoto Japan, a new topical gel shows
potential as hearing loss treatment. The treatment,
which was developed for sudden sensory-neural hearing loss,
a condition that causes deafness in an estimated
40-thousand Americans each year, has produced
the positive result of a preliminary trial when insulin-like
growth-factor one is applied as a topical gel. At 12 weeks
after the test treatment, 48 percent of patients showed hearing
improvement, and the proportion increased to 56 percent at 24 weeks.
Dr. Takayuki Nakagawa led the research at
Kyoto University Hospital. He says the results indicate
the topical application of gelatin hydrogels was safe and
had the equivalent or superior efficiency to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
He adds these results should be further evaluated
using randomized clinical trials. While this is the first time
growth factors have been tested as a hearing remedy,
at this point, no adverse events have been observed.
The results were published in the November 25th edition
of the online journal, BMC Medicine.
And now jumping online, where YouTube
has reinstated a popular channel after 90 episodes
had been yanked on copyright violations.
Allyson Townsend, better know by her YouTube persona "ASL Ally"
became an online sensation by posting herself interpreting
songs by popular artists for the deaf and hard-of-hearing people.
When complaints of copyright violations surfaced from big-wigs
like Warner and Universal music groups,
YouTube responded by not only deleting the
22 year-old Baylor student's channel, but also by barring
but also by barring ASL Ally from having further accounts.
However the involvement of the Electronic Frontier Foundation,
a group of lawyers, analysts and technologists dedicated to
keeping the internet a free market place,
prompted YouTube to reverse its decision and reinstated
ASL Ally's account.
EFF's Cindy Cohn made it clear that YouTube
is not the bad guy, and neither are the
music groups who complained,
but stated, "the problem lies with the fact that
any complaint by the copyright holder's representative is
taken very seriously by YouTube, which often removes
the content just to be on the safe side. ASL Ally's
channel can be viewed at www.youtube.com/user/allyballybabe.
And in other news, Unitron has named two
executive appointments. First, Chue Yang has been named the
Senior Operations Manager for Unitron's US division.
And also congratulations to Brian Taylor. He has been
named the new Director of Practice Development
and Clinical Affairs.
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That's all for today, we hope you enjoyed this edition of HR TV.
See you next time.