UNC Health Care

Category: Hearing

Harold Pillsbury

September 19, 2016

UNC hearing loss experts lead clinical trials of FDA-approved heari...

Ninety-seven percent of trial participants reported hearing improvements in the first year with the use of the SYNCHRONY EAS (Electric Acoustic Stimulation) Hearing Implant System. UNC implanted more patients than any other participating hearing center.

Hearing, Studies, Technology, Treatment

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Love monsters that are given to children at the Children's Cochlear Implant Center at UNC. Photo contributed.

August 31, 2016

The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC partners with knittin...

The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC recently partnered with a knitting group to create cuddly love monsters – a Carolina blue creature holding a balloon that’s also the center’s logo – to give to children when they reach their one-year hearing anniversary.

Hearing, Studies, Technology, Treatment

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(L to R): Collin Tastet

October 1, 2015

Pediatric Audiology receives international honor

A trio of adolescent audiology patients helped herald UNC Pediatric Audiology’s receipt of the Hear the World Foundation’s Richard Seewald Award on Sept. 17. Their unique successes — one a member of his school marching band, another an accomplished dancer, and the third a standout soccer player — illustrate the critical importance of early identification followed by early intervention for children born with hearing loss.

Awards, Hearing, Pediatric Medicine

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The surgery was performed by Dr. Harold Pillsbury

March 25, 2015

Patient at UNC Hospitals is first in U.S. to receive newly approved...

Dr. Harold Pillsbury performed the surgery to implant a newly FDA-approved device that enables wearers to have MRI scans when needed. This was not possible with earlier cochlear implant models.

Hearing, Innovation, Technology

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Margaret T. Dillon

January 22, 2015

Patient older age not an issue in revision cochlear implantation

Sometimes patients with coclear implants need to have a second or "revision" implantation surgery because of device failure. A new UNC study finds that adults age 65 and older do just as well in speech perception after revision cochlear implantation as those younger than 65.

Hearing, Studies, Technology, Treatment

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UNC Chapel

August 13, 2014

War vet receives his hearing back

Dr. Oliver Adunka, an ENT surgeon at UNC Health Care, was able to get Dac Carpenter into a clinical trial that installed a sound bridge in one ear. That allows Dac to hear just like he did before he was injured.

Clinical Trials, Devices, Hearing, UNC Stories

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Photo of a doctor looking inside a child's ear.

January 6, 2014

Ear tubes vs. watchful waiting: tubes do not improve long-term deve...

Study suggests tubes, adenoidectomy reduce fluid in the middle ear and improve hearing in the short term, but tubes did not improve speech or language for children with middle ear fluid.

Hearing, Studies

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Illustration showing profiles of children at different ages with cochlear implants

April 21, 2010

For children with hearing loss: The earlier the better for cochlear...

UNC was one of six medical centers to take part in this study, which is believed to be the first nationwide look at the impact of surgical timing on the success rate of the implants.

Hearing, Research

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UNC Chapel

February 14, 2008

Deaf former Miss America Heather Whitestone McCallum to discuss her...

Heather Whitestone McCallum had already led a life of remarkable achievement before she became a mother. In 1994, she was crowned Miss America, the first woman with a disability to win that title. She had been profoundly deaf since she was 18 months old.

Hearing, UNC Stories

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Illustration of a small child with a cochlear implant

February 14, 2008

UNC program that teaches deaf children to listen and talk opens bra...

CHAPEL HILL – A UNC Health Care program that teaches deaf children how to listen and talk has opened a satellite branch in Wilmington, N.C.

Disability, Hearing

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