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Anti-Stroke Drug Effective Treatment for Middle-Ear Infections, Researchers Say

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An existing anti-stroke drug is an effective treatment for middle-ear infections, showing the ability to suppress mucus overproduction, improve bacterial clearance and reduce hearing loss, according to researchers at Georgia State University and the University of Rochester.

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Loyola Audiologist Offers Tips for Protecting Your Hearing This Summer

“Noise-induced hearing loss can be permanent. The damage to the ear cannot be repaired, but there are options to improve the hearing,” says Candace Blank, AuD, audiologist chief, Loyola University Health System. Here are sample decibels of common sounds and tips to save hearing.

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Hearing Negatively Impacts Speech Development

“Being aware of the benchmarks of development can help caregivers and parents make sure children in their care are progressing appropriately,” says Kaitlyn Vogtner Trainor, speech-language pathologist at Loyola University Health System. "Lapses in development can also help identify medical conditions.”

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How Does the Brain Respond to Hearing Loss?

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Researchers at the University of Colorado suggest that the portion of the brain devoted to hearing can become reorganized even with early-stage hearing loss, and may play a role in cognitive decline. They have applied fundamental principles of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to forge new connections, to determine the ways it adapts to hearing loss, as well as the consequences of those changes, and their findings will be presented at ASA’s 169th meeting.

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Hard to Understand, Harder to Remember

Studies have shown that individuals with hearing loss or who are listening to degraded speech – think of a loud room -- have greater difficulty remembering and processing the spoken information than individuals who heard more clearly. Now researchers are investigating whether listening to accented speech similarly affects the brain's ability to process and store information. Their preliminary results suggest that foreign-accented speech, even when intelligible, may be slightly more difficult to recall than native speech.

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Auditory Processing: Are Expectations More Important Than Sound?

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What affects how we hear? Do we hear sounds as they are, or do our expectations about what we are going to hear instantaneously shape the way sound is processed? These are questions that Bournemouth University’s (BU) Dr Emili Balaguer-Ballester and colleague Andre Rupp of Heidelberg University have been considering in their research into auditory central processing.

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Breakthrough in Tinnitus Research Could Lead to Testable Model

Investigators from UB and other institutions have made a major breakthrough that provides new insights into how tinnitus, and the often co-occurring hyperacusis, might develop and be sustained.

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Training Teachers for Deaf Children Gets a Robotic Helping Hand

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Deaf education lecturers at The University of Manchester are using the Swivl robot in school classrooms in a UK first for teacher training.

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‘Make Like a Bat’: Study Finds 2 Ears Attuned to High Frequencies Help Us Find Objects Using Echoes

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The ability that some people have to use echoes to determine the position of an otherwise silent object, in a similar way to bats and dolphins, requires good high-pitch hearing in both ears, according to new research from the University of Southampton.

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How Noise Changes the Way the Brain Gets Information

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In a study on mice, cells that relay information from the ear to the brain changed their behavior and structure in response to the noise level in the environment. Researchers think the adaptations could aid hearing in different conditions.