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Toddler Hears for the First Time with Brainstem Implant

Mar 7 2014

Toddler Hears for the First Time with Brainstem Implant
This is not the usual story about an implant.

At a hospital in Boston, sound registered in Alex Frederick's brain for the first time.

Alex, just 17 months old at the time, is deaf, but a device, not yet approved in the United States for children, is helping to change that. It was implanted directly into his brain.

Infant Sleep Machines Risky for Hearing Loss

Mar 3 2014

Infant Sleep Machines at Maximum Volume Reported as Hearing Risk

New York Times, March 3, 2014, by Katherine Saint Louis

Devices that produce soothing sounds in order to lull infants to sleep can be loud enough at maximum volume to damage their hearing, researchers reported Monday.

Court Decision Supports CART in Classrooms

Feb 27 2014

Court Decision Supports CART in the Classroom for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the plaintiff in K.M. v. Tustin Unified School District(No. 11-56259), providing a victory for students who are deaf and hard of hearing to gain access to Computer-Assisted Realtime Transcription (CART) as an accommodation in mainstream K-12 classrooms.

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FDA’s Proposed PSAP Policy Draws Mixed Reviews

Feb 20 2014
FDA’s Proposed New PSAP Policy Draws Mixed Response, but Mostly Opposed
By David H. Kirkwood
SILVER SPRING, MD – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has  more than 100, highly diverse, public comments to consider in deciding if it should implement or rethink a proposed new guidance document that it issued on November 7.