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Choosing The Best Hearing Aids

For some people hearing aids are still a scary subject, there is a lot of information to take in when choosing them. Some people may have also heard negative things about hearing aids. Most negative comments about hearing aids are really based on old hearing aid technology, hearing aids have changed exponentially.

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Special Offer on Hearing Aid Prices Oxford

We are offering special prices on our hearing aids until the end of April. So if you have been thinking about hearing aids as a solution for you, now is the time to come and see us.

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Phonak Bolero Venture SP – Now Available!

The new Phonak Bolero V hearing aids incorporate high-performance Venture technology in an aesthetically appealing design combined with reliability and ease of use. The Phonak Bolero V-SP is specifically designed for clients with a moderate to profound hearing loss. The graph below shows the hearing range where Bolero V-SP is most effective; with clients who lie in the dark grey area being best suited with a SlimTube HE; and those in the light

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Noise Induced Hearing Loss – Is the Tide Turning?

Here is very interesting post from Neil Miller, Associate in the Disease Team at Clyde & Co. The report is on the recent NIHL de minimis success which is a significant decision for insurers who continue to face an unprecedented surge in deafness claims. Marian Holloway v Tyne Thames Technology Ltd, Newcastle County Court, May 2015. HHJ Freedman sitting at Newcastle County Court accepted the Defendant’s argument that whilst the Claimant had noise

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Meet Guide Dog Hero Brie!

Meet Golden Retriever Brie – a real life-saver! We all know know about the great work done by Guide Dogs (formerly The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association),  now there is a campaign to raise awareness about the equally amazing Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Hearing dog Brie has transformed the life of her owner – 73-year-old retired teacher Mary Molloy, from Hightown. Mary says: “I have had Brie since April last year. I had previously had German

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Susanna Reid: “Tinnitus made me fear I’d never hear silence again”

Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid has spoken about her 10-year fight with Tinnitus condition during Tinnitus Awareness Week – so what is Tinnitus. If you have ever left a loud place like a concert or noisy pub and had high-pitched ringing in your ears for an hour or two, you’ll know it’s a very unpleasant experience. Now imagine having that ringing sensation in your ears for days, weeks, months or even years, this should give some

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Hearing aids are to be rationed by the NHS

Some astonishing news this week as the NHS has started to ration hearing aids for the deaf – with thousands of people being offered only one device when experts say they need two. Specialists recommend that patients who are losing their hearing in both ears should be offered two aids, but some NHS authorities have started to offer just one, in a cost-cutting exercise that saves a megre £90 per person.

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Blocking Notch pathway leads to new route to hair cell regeneration to restore

Boston (Dec. 22, 2014) – Sensory hair cell loss is the major cause of hearing loss and balance disorders. The postnatal mammalian inner ear harbors progenitor cells which have the potential for hair cell regeneration and hearing recovery, but the mechanisms that control their proliferation and hair cell regeneration are yet to be determined. Now scientists from the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School

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Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss PSP

Helen Henshaw, Senior Research Fellow (NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit) and MildModerate Hearing Loss Priority Setting Partnership Co-ordinator Hearing loss affects 10 million people in the UK alone. This figure is set to rise to 14.5 million by 2031. Hearing loss is a long-term condition that affects communication and can lead to social isolation, depression and poor quality of life. In addition, there is an association between

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A glowing endorsement for James Hearing a musician and producer with severe hea

The following is a post from Action on Hearing by a customer of James Hearing. “Musician and producer Teresa Morini has severe hearing loss (from birth) and wears in the ear (ITE) digital hearing aids, privately funded in order to support her profession as a musician, producer and composer. She recently took part in our charity event at the BT Tower, to help raise vital funds to support our work. She tells us more about the event and why she

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Further NHS cuts means deaf people will only get one hearing aid instead of two

The dramatic decision comes as part of a desperate bid to save cash, following the Government’s drive to slash £20billion in health costs by 2015. NHS patients in Devon who are deaf or suffer from hearing loss will only be allowed one hearing aid instead of two because the local NHS group has decided second hearing aids are not cost effective enough. Dr Tim Burke, chair of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, said

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“I’m totally deaf and falling apart” says Cilla Black

During her 50 years in showbusiness, she always seemed to defy most of the effects of ageing and be a pinnacle of youth . But now Cilla Black has revealed how she is struggling with almost complete deafness and arthritis. The 71-year-old former songstress and TV star said she was ‘falling apart’ as she received an outstanding achievement award to mark her long and illustrious career. She admitted she no longer feels able to work, despite

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New medication that could help the body regenerate loss hearing.

When a middle-aged fireman and active Boy Scout leader in the Midwestern United States lost his hearing a few years ago, he also faced the loss of his livelihood. Noise and toxin exposures had damaged the tiny sound-sensing hair cells of his inner ear, leaving him with severe hearing loss. To carry on working, he chose the only available option: cochlear implants, small microphones placed behind the ear that transmit sounds to electrodes

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Does Hearing Aid Stigma Exist Among Younger People?

How do younger people view hearing aids and devices in the ear when they see them, and has this changed through the decades? In the October 2014 edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (JAAA),  Erik Rauterkus and Catherine Palmer, PhD, present a study that suggests the perception of ear-worn devices has changed significantly compared to similar studies done in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. In those past decades, particularly

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Teachers are at risk of hearing loss or impairment

The sound of dinner bells, chatty kids, doors slammings and PA system annoucements: these everyday school sounds present a clear and present danger for teachers and assistants. Recent research suggests that teachers are at an increased risk for occupational noise induced hearing loss. Historically, researchers have carried out much research on other professions including manufacturing and construction  establish safe listening thresholds.

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How good is YOUR hearing?

More than 360 million people suffer from some form of hearing loss and even the slightest drop in range can affect balance and even our sense of touch. This audiogram plays a sine wave through the human audio spectrum, which typically ranges from 20 and 20,000Hz. Younger people, especially teenagers, typically hear the higher frequencies, but the total range varies between people of all ages.  Hearing specialists use audiograms to carry out

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Spire Healthcare wins Private Hospital Group of the Year

They beat challenging competition from BMI Healthcare, HCA International and Nuffield Health. Spire Healthcare have done some amazing things in the last 12 months: James Hearing is immensly proud to work with Spire at Cheltenham, Worcester and Yale and we would like to offer huge congratulations on this richly deserved award.

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New Oticon Streamer Pro 1.2 App for iPhone

Oticon have launched their eagerly anticipated new Streamer Pro 1.2 App which is compatible with Apple’s iPhone. With the ConnectLine App for iPhone®, we take our uncompromising approach to connectivity to the next level. Delivering Oticon’s unrivalled sound quality in any situation with intuitive functionality, ConnectLine Streamer Pro ensures your clients will enjoy unparalleled connectivity performance all the time, wherever they are. An

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Wax Removal Oxford

Excessive, impacted ear wax can diminish hearing and cause hearing aids to malfunction We offer a comprehensive, private Aural Care Service working within the ENT Outpatient department LG1 West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Our registered nurses are trained in microsuction and curettage techniques to complete this simple procedure and effectively relieve blocked ears. The procedure involves the nurse placing a small speculum (funnel)

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ReSound LiNX is a new ‘Made for iPhone’ hearing aid

This Made for iPhone hearing aid is now available from James Hearing in Oxford, Chester, Birmingham & Harley Street -London. ReSound LiNX is designed to connect directly with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. ReSound LiNX streams phone calls, music and audio directly from your iPhone into your hearing aids. Thanks to Surround Sound by ReSound, you get speech that’s clear, strong and easy to understand. No matter where it’s coming from. Or what

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Adult Audiology Hearing Aid Provision in Oxford

If your GP has diagnosed a hearing problem you will be referred for a hearing test and hearing aid fitting if needed. Our Audiological experts can quickly assess your needs and fit you with the right hearing aid for you. Your Audiologist will perform a complete assessment including assessing your current lifestyle and level of hearing. They will ask you questions about specific situations when your hearing is affected such as listening to music,

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WIDEX CROS – FOR SINGLE SIDED DEAFNESS

Widex CROS is the ultimate solution for those with single sided deafness. Widex CROS can be fitted with any hearing aid in the DREAM range – in four performance levels. If you are deaf in one ear and have normal hearing in the other, then Widex CROS could be for you. The solution can also be used if you are deaf in one ear and hearing impaired in the other. This is known as a BiCROS solution. Simple to use hearing solution You wear Widex CROS on

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SUPER BOWL 2014: ‘MY DEAFNESS HAS INSPIRED ME’ SAYS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS DERRICK CO

Coleman, 23, is the first legally deaf player to appear in a Super Bowl. Without his two hearing aids he rates his hearing as a two on a scale of 10, and even with them, no better than an eight on a good day. His disability became big news when he agreed to appear in an awareness-raising Duracell commercial showing that it was possible to overcome such adversity. The ad went viral and that, plus the Seahawks’ success, inspired a nine-year-old

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ZEN2GO – NEW TINNITUS DEVICE

 Suffering from Tinnitus? Tired of being told there is nothing you can do about it? Well, Widex has a solution. Get efficient and proven relief from your tinnitus ZEN2GO is a new tinnitus management device that plays random, soothing harmonic tones called ZEN. Special tinnitus management technology, also known as fractal technology, is combined with the latest in hearing aid innovation to provide you with more sound, more words, a more natural

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WIDEX ZEN THERAPY

Are you one of the many faces of tinnitus? A new and unique approach to tinnitus management is Widex Zen Therapy which has been proven to help people with tinnitus. Widex Zen Therapy uniquely combines sound stimulation, counselling, stress reduction and amplification – all depending on your level of tinnitus. The benefits of Widex Zen Therapy – Widex Zen Therapy can help you to:  If you suspect that you may be one of the many faces of tinnitus,

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HEARING AIDS OXFORD & HEARING TESTS OXFORD

For those requiring private audiology treatment and private digital hearing aids, we are  available in our Oxford Hearing Centre. We appreciate the importance of exceptional patient treatment and after-care and are proud to continue this service within a convenient location for many of our clients.  Our being fully accredited and wholly independent with 21 years NHS and private practice experience.

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OTICON NERA HEARING AID

Oticon Nera is the newest offering from the Danish manufacturer Oticon. Built on the new Inium platform, the Oticon Nera sits in the advanced level just below the premium product Oticon Alta, that was released in 2013. Following Oticon’s usual pattern of release the Nera has two versions, Nera Pro and Nera, and is available is a wide range of styles from the various ‘in the ear’ models through to a wide range of models that sit behind the ear.

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TINNITUS – THE CONDITION THAT IS HEARD BUT NOT SEEN

Tinnitus Awareness Week 2014 will run from 3-9 February and aims to bring the condition of noises heard in the head and/or ears to the attention of thousands across the UK. Affecting at least one in 10 of the UK population, a massive 6.3 million, tinnitus is the unseen condition which can cause distress to individuals of any age. Tinnitus can be mild to severe and can affect sleep and concentration. It can also lead to anxiety and depression and

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STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO PROTECT THEIR HEARING WHEN LISTENING TO MUSIC

With the rise of the iPod and iPhone more people than ever before are listening to music on the go. There are a wide array of earphones, headphones and other devices available on the market allowing people to hear their favourite tracks on the move. However, users need to ensure that they are taking care of their hearing and not damaging their ears by playing music too loud. A new campaign aims to raise awareness of this issue.??Action on

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ELDERLY CAN HIDE HEARING PROBLEMS FROM FAMILY

Deafness and hearing problems can affect people as they enter old age but new research has found that some elderly are hiding their problems for their families. A survey by Centra Pulse, a Health Care Support service, found that over 1.5 million older people have hidden a serious injury, illness or accident from their nearest and dearest in the past five years. One of the main factors behind this trend was that people over the age of 65 did not

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HEARING AIDS BANBURY & HEARING TESTS BANBURY

For those  requiring private audiology treatment and private digital hearing aids, we are now available in our Banbury Hearing Centre. We appreciate the importance of exceptional patient treatment and after-care and are proud to continue this service within a convenient location for many of our clients.  Our being fully accredited and wholly independent with 21 years NHS and private practice experience.

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ASONS SOLICITORS WIN £3,000 FOR CLIENT AT INDUSTRIAL DEAFNESS CLAIMEA

Mr. Snow*, from Withybrook in Coventry, was formally employed as a Boiler Man by Rolls Royce. The position he held meant that he was expected to carry out his day to day work within the boiler room, where it was alleged that noise levels were so high, the only way he could effectively communicate with his colleagues was by shouting. The excessive noise was to the detriment of Mr. Snow’s health, who now suffers from industrial deafness.

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NEW SIEMENS MICON HEARING AIDS

Siemens Hearing Instruments have now released a new platform of hearing  aids in the UK market called Micon. Here is a breakdown of some of the major features of Micon Hearing Aid Technology: Acclimatisation manager – A part of miGuide that considers auditory deprivation and automatically acclimatises new users to more appropriate amplification over time. This feature eliminates the need for follow-up appointments for the purpose of increasing

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NEW PHONAK AUDEO Q AND NAIDA Q LAUNCHED

Phonak have launched two new products recently, the Audeo Q and Naida Q. They complement the Virto and Bolero Q products and all the Q products are based on the new Quest chip. The Phonak Audeo Q is a Receiver in Canal product (RIC) and the Naida Q is a super power BTE and RIC product for severe / profound hearing loss. With the release of the Audeo Q and Naida Q ranges most of Phonak’s current hearing aid range is now based on the Quest chip,

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12 FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH HEARING LOSS

I blame Tom Petty. Three and half hours of his greatest hits kept me awake as I commuted each weekend for my job last year. But now, I swear, I’m half deaf. Well, if it turns out I do have noise-induced hearing loss (I just booked an audiogram to find out), I’m far from alone. Besides the approximately 28 million “ordinary” Americans who suffer from hearing loss, there’s an impressive bevy of celebs who can’t hear all that well, either.

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EPISODES 1 & 2 OF THE BRITISH ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY PODCAST

Episode 1 of the British Academy of Audiology Podcast – Talking with Professor Harvey Dillon from the National Acoustic Laboratories, Australia and Dr Robert Sweetow from the University of California, San Francisco. Episode 2 of the British Academy of Audiology Podcast. – Talking with both Dr Douglas Beck from Oticon, inc about spatial hearing and how technology can help to preserve spatial cues and Dr Helen Pryce from the University of Bristol

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WHICH? JOINS FORCES WITH ACTION ON HEARING LOSS

The advisory information, which is available on the organisation’s website, gives people tips on how to get the best out of their hearing aid. Those logging onto the site will be met with detailed descriptions of where to purchase these devices, their features and when it is time to get their ears tested. Officials explained that “How to get the best hearing aid” will be a real help for people that have been recently told that they need these

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Audiologists Novel to Hollywood Film

Those seeking jobs in audiology may be interested to hear of one audiologists success, as a novel he wrote between clinics is set to be made into a Hollywood film. The psychological thriller ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ was penned by Steve Watson, of Stourbridge in the West Midlands, while he worked at London’s St Thomas’s Hospital, the Express and Star has reported. Female stars including Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett have all been

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PHONAK SOLANO / PHONAK CASSIA HEARING AIDS

Phonak have just launched the new Solano and Cassia hearing aids to replace the mid-range Versata Art and the Certena Art hearing aids. The new aids are built on the new SPICE microchip that was launched late last year in the top-range Phonak Ambra hearing aid. This now means the Phonak SPICE generation portfolio runs at three levels for standard behind-ear aids and also for in-ear hearing aids, and also for all three levels of their

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“RECENT STUDY FINDS MECHANISM THAT CAUSES TINNITUS AND DRUG THAT CAN PREVENT IT

According to the latest statistics made available by Action on Hearing Loss, there are more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, where 1 in 10 adults have tinnitus (1). Tinnitus is a medical condition which makes sufferers perceive a ringing noise in one or both ears and it is mainly caused by exposure to loud noise such as a noisy work environment. The study, published in the online version of the Proceedings of the

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TINNITUS AWARENESS WEEK

Hundreds of people are already benefiting from belonging to a tinnitus support group, but with an estimated 6 million people affected by the condition, the BTA hope that Tinnitus Awareness Week 2013 will bolster the number of people actively seeking support. If Tinnitus is a concern for you and you’d like to find out what help is availabile, please call 0845 680 1267 or email info@jameshearinguk.co.uk. 

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NEW TECHNOLOGY FROM OTICON

In line with the recently launched top-end (Oticon Agil Pro & Agil) and mid-range (Oticon Acto Pro & Acto) hearing aids using the latest RISE2 chipset technology, Oticon have launched lower end models with the same chipset. This new aid comes at two sub-levels – the Oticon Ino Pro, and the Oticon Ino. Taking advantage of the benefits of the Rise 2 chip, compared to the Hit and Hit Pro, the Ino Pro and Ino have double the processing speed which

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UNITRON MOXI

Unitron Moxi is the new RIC hearing aid based on the new Era platform. It has three technology levels available – Moxi 20, Moxi 12 and Moxi 6. With vastly improved speed and power the new processing platform results in a tiny and discreet hearing aid that delivers a big performance! The Unitron Moxi is available in an attractive range of colours, is very accessible from the point of view of wireless connectivity and it even has a telecoil to

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HE NEW BAA WEBSITE

BAA’s (British Audiologists Association) new website has gone live in its first stage, with another two tranches of activity still to be completed. The exciting new design and facilities will ultimately give members an enhanced online experience and access to centrally-managed features – all with one log in. The first tranche provides members with access to all general information services about the Academy, its services and benefits of

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THE IMINI, SIEMENS SMALLEST HEARING INSTRUMENT, DISAPPEARS INVISIBLY IN THE EAR

Siemens has developed a new hearing instrument that is even smaller than current models. As a result, it can be inserted far into the ear, remaining basically invisible. The instruments are custom made for each customer at selected iMini manufacturing facilities in Germany for the European market. This very labour intensive manufacturing process is necessary because of the extreme miniaturisation of the iMini—no two iMinis are alike.

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SIEMENS SECUREEAR HEARING AID

A shooter’s ears are two of his or her most essential weapons. But if you wear uncomfortable ear-muffs to protect your ears from the noise of the gun, you might not be able to hear what’s happening around you, nor the noises you make yourself that could scare away the prey. Siemens SecureEar is the ideal solution to this problem, because it supports you in two ways. It protects your hearing by dampening loud noises. At the same time, it enhances

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BESPOKE HEARING AIDS MAY SOLVE IMPAIRED PATIENTS ONGOING PROBLEMSI

Cutting edge research into hearing aids being carried out by UK researchers could have widespread implications for people with digital hearing aids. Scientists at the University of Essex have created a new piece of software that can be used to calibrate new hearing aids to meet the very specific needs of individual patients. The research and development project was prompted by the widespread problems faced by hearing aid users, who often report

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NOISE INDUCED HEARING LOSS THE HIDDEN EPIDEMIC

In our society, noise is a normal part of everyday life. It is also well known that that noise can cause permanent hearing loss. What is less well known is that there are many environments in which noise is a hazard. These may include use of noisy equipment in the open (such as pneumatic drills or similar machinery) and even so-called ‘social noise’ such as personal stereos or over-loud PA systems. Certain hobbies, such as shooting, can also

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PHONAK NAIDA S CRT

The Phonak Naida range has been an excellent solution  for those suffering with profound hearing loss. Now there is a more cosmetic solution from Phonak, the Phonak Naida S CRT. It is a receiver in the canal aid with a power speaker wire that also has a water and dust resistant casing. The Naida S CRT uses a size 13 battery, has a telecoil and a push button control. The Naida S CRT is available in three performance levels in line with the rest

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