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How a deaf creative director uses technology to achieve his dreams

He is completely deaf in one ear and has 35 percent hearing in the other, but that is not what defines Peter Westerling as a person.

He is full of creativity, life and movement. A pioneer in the digital evolution, the Swedish man also has the country’s first Internet bank on his track record.

Peter has a congenital sensorineural hearing impairment with deafness in the left ear and hearing loss in the right ear.

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Is tinnitus hereditary?

A new study shows that certain forms of tinnitus – a persistent ringing or buzzing sound in the ears – may be hereditary.

Men, in particular, may be more prone to experience bilateral tinnitus because of their genetics, according to the study conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the European research network TINNET.

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Is an in-the-ear hearing aid right for me?

Even though hearing aids share the common goal of providing more access to sounds, finding the right one can be a real challenge. Differences in amplification, size, style or the way a hearing aid is worn are some of the things that need to be taken into consideration.

One of the options available is an in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid. This style of hearing aid  sits inside the ear canal and is usually custom fit for the wearer.

There are three types of ITEs; the full shell, half shell and one that sits completely in the ear canal. The full shell ITE is designed to sit perfectly within the outer ear while the half shell fits within the outer part of your ear. The third type sits deep within the ear canal and is usually completely invisible.

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La La Land sound mixer uses Phonak’s earpieces

Phonak’s ultra-discreet in-ear monitors helped the makers of multi-Oscar-winning La La Land weave its stunning soundtrack deep into the film, according to its sound mixer Steve A. Morrow.

Morrow, along with colleagues Andy Nelson and Ai-Ling Lee, picked up nominations for the Oscar, Bafta, Cinema Audio Society and Satellite awards for sound mixing in La La Land.

A love-letter to classic Hollywood musicals, La La Land switches effortlessly between dialogue and songs, often in a single take – making the film a logistical and audio challenge.

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