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Findings Could Lead To Improved Lip-Reading Training For The Deaf And Hard-Of-Hearing

A new study by the University of East Anglia (UEA) suggests computers are now better at lip-reading than humans. The peer-reviewed findings will be presented for the first time at the eighth International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing (AVSP) 2009, held at the University of East Anglia from September 10-13. A research team from the School of Computing Sciences at UEA compared the performance of a machine-based lip-reading system with that of 19 human lip-readers. They found that the automated system significantly outperformed the human lip-readers - scoring a recognition rate of 80 per cent, compared with only 32 per cent for human viewers on the same task.

What Is Meniere's Disease? What Causes Meniere's Disease?

Meniere's disease (Mà nière's disease) is a condition with vertigo, tinnitus (ringing, buzzing, noises in the ears) and progressive deafness. Meniere's disease is caused by a dysfunction of the endolymphatic sac (semi-circular canals) in the inner ear - also known as the labyrinth. The labyrinth is a system of small fluid-filled channels that send signals of sound and balance to the brain. It is an unpredictable disease that requires various types of treatment. It is estimated at approximately 1 in every 1, 000 people suffers from Meniere's disease. The disease can develop at any age, but more commonly does so when the patient is aged between 40 and 60.

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Fort Washington Medical Center To Ensure Effective Communication For Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing Patients

Under a settlement agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, deaf patients at the Fort Washington Medical Center in Prince George's County, Md., will be screened and provided with sign language interpreters whenever interpreter services are necessary for effective communication. The settlement was negotiated following an investigation by the Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in response to a complaint from a deaf patient. The man entered the emergency room late one evening accompanied by his 11-year-old son. Although the man and his son requested an interpreter, none was provided, and the medical staff relied on the son to interpret for his father in the emergency room.

2010 National Hearing Conservation Association Conference To Explore The World Of Hearing Loss Prevention

The National Hearing Conservation Association [NHCA] announces that its 35th annual conference will be held February 25-27, 2010 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Titled "Explore the World of Hearing Loss Prevention, " the conference will focus on various topics of local and international concern, including "whole life" hearing loss prevention; chemicals, ototoxicity and otoprotection; and the impending change to the Noise Reduction Rating in the United States. "National boundaries are no longer obstacles to the transfer of knowledge, and hearing conservation is not limited to industry, " said Thais C. Morata, Ph.D., NHCA 2010 Conference Chair.

Charity Finds That 'Despite Recession' More Young People Are Going Out And Risking Hearing Damage

The number of young people going out to loud clubs, gigs and festivals has increased by 20% in 2009, RNID's Don't Lose the Music campaign has found as part of its annual poll of music lovers. The campaign - which aims to tell music lovers how and why to look after their hearing - reports that in spite of this year's financial problems, 45% of young people now go out more than once a week. The survey, conducted at festivals around the UK this summer, also reveals an increase in signs of hearing damage, with 88% of people experiencing ringing in their ears or dull hearing after nights out, yet only 21% protecting their hearing by wearing reusable earplugs.

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Mid-Maryland Musculoskeletal Institute To Ensure Effective Communication With Persons Who Are Deaf Or Hard-of-Hearing

Under a voluntary resolution agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), deaf or hard-of-hearing patients at the Mid-Maryland Musculoskeletal Institute (MMI) of Frederick, Md., will be screened and provided with sign language interpreters whenever interpreter services are necessary for effective communication. MMI is an 11-physician orthopedic practice with offices in Frederick and Hagerstown, Md., serving approximately 1, 000 patients per month. It provides specialized treatment for a wide range of bone, muscle, and joint conditions, by physicians who have special training and expertise in ten subspecialty areas.

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