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John Tracy Clinic Announces a New Parent Toddler Discovery Program

John Tracy Clinic (JTC), a non-profit diagnostic and education center for young children with hearing loss, announced today the launch of their new “Parent Toddler Discovery Program.” Taking place from July 10 – 15, 2016, the new program will be available as part of this year’s JTC Summer Sessions schedule.

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UTEP Professor Shows That Hearing Aids Improve Memory, Speech

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A recent study by Jamie Desjardins, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the speech-language pathology program at The University of Texas at El Paso, found that hearing aids improve brain function in persons with hearing loss.

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Toxic Secretions From Intracranial Tumor Damage the Inner Ear

A new study at Massachusetts Eye and Ear showed that in some cases of vestibular schwannoma, a sometimes-lethal tumor often associated with neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2), secretions from the tumor contain toxic molecules that damage the inner ear. The findings, published online in Scientific Reports, explain why some vestibular schwannomas cause hearing loss even though they are not large enough to compress nearby structures that control hearing.

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Do Kids Need Special Headphones to Limit Sound?

Northwestern pediatric audiologist Jennifer Phelan can comment on whether parents should buy volume-reducing headphones for their kids. Phelan specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss in children. She has a particular interest in serving people with special needs.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Linguists at Penn Document Philadelphia 'Accent' of American Sign Language

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Jami Fisher, a lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Linguistics, has a long history with American Sign Language. Both of her parents and her brother are deaf, she's Penn's ASL Program coordinator and now, with Meredith Tamminga, an assistant professor in Linguistics and director of the University's Language Variation and Cognition Lab, she's working on a project to document what they're calling the Philadelphia accent of this language.

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Disclosure Strategies May Improve Communication for Those with Hearing Loss

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Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers surveyed 337 patients with hearing loss to better understand the language they use with communication partners to disclose their disability. Their findings, published online in the journal Ear and Hearing on October 28, 2015, may be used to develop resources for health care professionals to provide their patients with strategies to disclose hearing loss successfully and effectively in interactions with others.

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Sound Deprivation Leads to Irreversible Hearing Loss

Massachusetts Eye and Ear investigators have shown that sound deprivation in adult mice causes irreversible damage to the inner ear. The findings, published in PLOS ONE, suggest that chronic conductive hearing loss, such as that caused by recurrent ear infections, leads to permanent hearing impairment if it remains untreated.

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Nerve Cells Warn Brain of Damage to the Inner Ear

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Some nerve cells in the inner ear can signal tissue damage in a way similar to pain-sensing nerve cells in the body, according to new research from Johns Hopkins. If the finding, discovered in rats, is confirmed in humans, it may lead to new insights into hyperacusis, an increased sensitivity to loud noises that can lead to severe and long-lasting ear pain.

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Protein Movement of Hair Bundles in the Inner Ear May Preserve Hearing for Life

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Scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have discovered that movement of protein within hair cells of the inner ear shows signs of renewal mechanism. The investigator’s findings will be the cover paper in the Nov. 17 edition of Cell Reports and are now available online

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Can We Unconsciously ‘Hear’ Distance?

We use sight to judge distance. Now, a new study from the University of Rochester reveals that our brains also use sound delays to fine-tune what our eyes see when estimating distances.

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Helping Children Hear Better

A first-of-its-kind study discovered that many hard-of-hearing children who receive optimal, early services are able to “catch up or significantly close the gaps with their hearing peers,” say researchers at the University of Iowa, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Discovery of Genes Involved in Inner Ear Development Hints at a Way to Restore Hearing and Balance

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These genes, or others in the same pathway, could be promising targets for efforts to treat hearing loss or balance problems by regenerating hair cells, the scientists suggest.

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New Videophone Technology Enhances Communication for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patients

MedStar Washington Hospital Center has installed an innovative videophone booth for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing to communicate with others in real-time. The Sorenson Video Relay Service® (SVRS®) videophone allows those who use American Sign Language (ASL) to place phone calls through a sign language interpreter.

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Understanding Ancient Human Ear-Orienting System Could Yield Clues to Emotions, Hearing Deficits in Infants

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Vestigial organs, such as the wisdom teeth in humans, are those that have become functionless through the course of evolution. Now, a psychologist at the University of Missouri studying vestigial muscles behind the ears in humans has determined that ancient neural circuits responsible for moving the ears, still may be responsive to sounds that attract our attention. Neuroscientists studying auditory function could use these ancient muscles to study positive emotions and infant hearing deficits.

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Penn Medicine Researchers Discover Hidden Brain Pathways Crucial to Communication

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New studies from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania clarify how two crucial features of audition are managed by the brain.

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Birth Weight and Poor Childhood Growth Linked to Hearing and Vision Problems in Middle Age

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A study of up to 433,390 UK adults, led by The University of Manchester, has linked being under and overweight at birth with poorer hearing, vision and cognition in middle age.

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Music to His Ears: Gamma Knife Treatment Preserves DJ’s Hearing

Adam Zawislak has a passion for music, rock ‘n’ roll in particular. And as a DJ for STEEL 93 online radio, Adam loves connecting with other music fans. “We all have memories rooted in music, and these songs become your life’s soundtrack,” Adam says. Without a doubt, Adam would do anything to keep hearing his favorite tunes – which is why he panicked when he started losing his hearing three years ago.

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UW-Milwaukee Shares Deaf Culture with the Community

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Students and faculty in UW-Milwaukee's American Sign Language and interpreter training programs reach out to the hearing community with education and events celebrating deaf culture and history.