Posted by: hlacentralma | April 21, 2014

Our May meeting-canceled. But Tinnitus in RI

We regret to inform you that the May Meeting with Larry Goldberg from WGBH as he was going to present on the updates on captioning issues has been postponed to the fall:

However Hearing Loss Association-RI (HLA-RI) is sponsoring a program on Tinnitus:It is highly recommended if you are interested in this topic to attend

At the Warwick Public Library, Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI on May 3rd from 1:30-3:30…Large Meeting Room

Email to for questions regarding this presention.

Dr. Beck Returns to RI to Speak on Tinnitus

On Saturday, May 3rd, the Hearing Loss Association of Rhode Island (HLA-RI) will host the return of Dr. Douglas Beck to discuss tinnitus.  The program is free and open to the public at the Warwick Public Library in the large meeting room from 1:30-3:30.

Dr. Beck participated in the special full-day seminar last October providing an excellent presentation titled “Issues in Hearing, Listening and Cognition”.  He has agreed to return to RI to focus on the important issue of tinnitus.

Often describing as ringing in the ears, tinnitus can be experienced as a variety of sounds.  For some it is soft and lasts for a short time.  For many, however, it is loud and constant.  Tinnitus is not limited to people with hearing loss, but it is a common issue for people with hearing loss and a growing problem among returning veterans.

According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), tinnitus is “the perception of sound in one or both ears or in the head when no external sound is present.”  The ATA estimates that 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus.

In the March 2014 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine published by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), Katherine Bouton writes “there’s no cure for tinnitus, though plenty of people will try to sell you one.”  She highlights recent research efforts including Progressive Tinnitus Management.  She also reports that “the military has a vested interest in finding a way of alleviating tinnitus.  Almost one million veterans received disability payments for tinnitus in 2012. It’s the largest single category for disability claims in the military.”

Tinnitus is a growing problem across all ages including children.  While the cause of tinnitus is largely unknown, there are known sources such as noise and ototoxic medications.  There is significant research being done to better understand the causes and develop treatment options.

Dr. Douglas Beck is the Director of Professional Relations for Oticon Inc, a major hearing aid manufacturer, and he serves as Web Content Editor for the American Academy of Audiology, and he is an adjunct Professor of Audiology at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas…

Dr. Beck’s attendance is sponsored by Oticon.  Real-time captioning for the event is sponsored by the RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Refreshments are sponsored by RI Relay.

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