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3D Printing

June 1, 2018 9:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The world of 3D printing is growing at a rapid pace. From highly technical applications in medicine, industry, and architecture to hobby uses at home, this field is going gangbusters. No matter the use, essentially 3D printing is an additive manufacturing process that creates a physical object from a digital design. These days you can get a home-use 3D printer in Michael’s Craft stores. But my introduction was back in the early 2000’s when I visited the production lab at Widex hearing aids to see their new process being used to create custom hearing aid shells. It was mouth-dropping amazing... View Article


7 Serious Benefits to Wearing Hearing Aids

May 15, 2018 7:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Have you noticed that you’re missing important parts of conversations or hearing words incorrectly? Does your family tell you that the television is always too loud? You probably know that you could have hearing loss, but feel embarrassed. You might even get angry when friends and family tell you they think you should have your hearing checked. That’s because many people associate hearing loss with getting older and the elderly. In fact, 65% of people who have some sort of hearing loss are actually younger than 65 and back in 2011, a study by John Hopkins Medicine reported that as... View Article

Generous Listening

May 1, 2018 7:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

My absolute favorite interviewer is Krista Tippett, the Peabody Award-winning host of the radio program On Being, and the New York Times best-selling author of Becoming Wise. I love to listen to her interviews, which delve into the mysteries of human existance, because she listens so openly and respectfully. Ms. Tippett says that listening is an everyday social art, but it is one we have neglected and need to learn anew. Listening is not being quiet and biding our time till it is our turn to speak. Nor is it a ping pong game of getting our shot in. To... View Article

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Looking down the road…. a glimpse at some amazing research.

April 11, 2018 7:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When Ludvig van Beethoven realized that his hearing was fading, he felt that his joy was fading as well. We don’t know what caused his hearing loss, nor was there technology at the time that could help him. Two centuries later, however, researchers are working with a strain of mouse called…yes, Beethoven, to use gene editing to prevent inherited deafness in mice by disabling a mutant version of the gene that causes a certain kind of hearing loss. Scientists hope that someday it could help doctors do the same thing for people. This is the latest development in the rapidly... View Article


Listening Challenges

April 11, 2018 6:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

For the past few months there has been an exhibit at the Rubin Museum in New York called The World is Sound. The Rubin is a museum that brings together art and science, and allows us to see things in multi-faceted and often new ways. In this exhibit visitors were invited to slow down and consider their bodily engagement with sound, space, and personal perceptions. As part of the exhibit a series of listening challenges were presented. They were not directed at people with hearing problems in particular. In our world of quick give and take I believe we can... View Article

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