1. We will have the annual bonus for Meeting
Summary Writers at this meeting.
Candidates are V34N2--Making a Concert Video, Alvin
Foster and John S. Allen; V34N3--Ribbon Loudspeakers, Alvin Foster;
Benj Kanters on Hearing Conservation, David Hadaway; V34N4--Chestnut
Hill Audio, Gerald Sheetoo, Horn Loudspeaker, Alvin Foster; V35N1--CES
Reports, Alvin Foster, Stephen Owades, Kenneth Wacks and Phyllis Eliasberg.
2. "Hearing loss tied to mental decline"
-- Compensating for impairment may divert brainpower
A study of 1,984 adults with average age of 77 showed
that participants with hearing loss suffered loss of mental ability
(measured by tests) 3 years sooner than those without hearing loss.
They caution that an association does not show causation, however other
studies have shown that, for example, isolation affects brain function.
They hope to test whether improvements in hearing brought about by hearing
aids will translate to improvements in mental functioning. Science News,
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