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Genetics, ophthalmolgy, coloboma, Blindness, Deafness, Waardenburg syndrome, Children, National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes Of Health (NIH), Albinism, Genetic Testing

Media Availability: NIH Scientists Identify Disorder Causing Blindness, Deafness, Albinism and Fragile Bones

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, have identified the genetic underpinnings of a rare disorder that causes children to be born with deafness, blindness, albinism and fragile bones.

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Kimberlee Jones, John Tracy Clinic, JTC, Vice President, Chief Development Officer, Pediatric hearing loss, early intervention services, Hearing Loss

John Tracy Clinic Welcomes Kimberlee Jones as VP and Chief Development Officer

Ms. Jones brings more than two decades of fundraising experience to JTC.

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Flu Vaccines, Medical Curriculum Tailored to Native Americans, Tackling Heart Disease, and More in the Healthcare News Source

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Hearing Loss, Stem Cell Therapy, Regeneration Of Hair Cells, Deafness

New Technique Generates High Volume of Sensory Cells Needed for Hearing

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In 2013, Mass. Eye and Ear researchers restored partial hearing to mice by regenerating hair cells — tiny, sound-sensing cells in the ear, which are lost through noise damage, age, etc., and do not regenerate on their own — by converting stem cells found in the ear into hair cells. However, the success of restoring hearing through this approach was limited by the small number of cells that could be turned into hair cells. In a new study in Cell Reports, a research team from Mass. Eye and Ear, Brigham and Women's Hospital and MIT has shown that they can augment the number of those cells, and then convert that large population into hair cells, lending hope that full hearing can be restored to those with hearing loss due to damaged hair cells.

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Hearing Loss, hidden hearing loss, Audiology, Ear And Hearing, Noise Induced Hearing Loss, Guillain-Barré syndrome, myelin diseases, Demyelination Diseases

Second Cause of Hidden Hearing Loss Identified

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Some people can pass a hearing test but have trouble understanding speech in a noisy environment. New research identifies a new mechanism for this condition just years after its discovery.

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Fragile X Syndrome, Steven Tyler's Janie's Fund Wins Big, Untreated Water Making Our Kids Sick, and More in the Children's Health News Source

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Premature Birth, NICU, Preemie Care

NICU Study Highlights Need to Reduce Loud Noises, Boost Beneficial Sounds

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that preemies in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) may be exposed to noise levels higher than those deemed safe by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Conversely, the researchers also found that some preemies may not get enough exposure to beneficial sounds, such as language and music, that can improve early development.

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Gene Therapy, Hearing Loss, Genetic Deafness, Usher Syndrome, vector drug delivery

Gene Therapy Restores Hearing in Deaf Mice… Down to a Whisper

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In the summer of 2015, a team at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School reported restoring rudimentary hearing in genetically deaf mice using gene therapy. Now the Boston Children’s research team reports restoring a much higher level of hearing — down to 25 decibels, the equivalent of a whisper — using an improved gene therapy vector developed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. The new vector and the mouse studies are described in two back-to-back papers in Nature Biotechnology (published online February 6).

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Daughter’s Hearing Loss Inspired JTC Alumni Parent to Help More Children in Need

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Learning of her daughter’s hearing loss set this mother on a journey half way across the globe to John Tracy Clinic to receive help for her child. Her experiences inspired her to help change the way treatment is handled in her home country of India.

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Reducing the Duration of Antibiotics Does More Harm than Good When Treating Ear Infections in Young Children

In a landmark trial, researchers have demonstrated that when treating children between 9 and 23 months of age with antibiotics for ear infections, a shortened course has worse clinical outcomes without reducing the risk of antibiotic resistance or adverse events.

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Nursing Practice, Hearing Impairment, Doctorate, Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, Nursing, Hearing challenges, Family Health, Underserved Populations, Haiti, Health Care

Student Overcomes Hearing Impairment to Graduate with Nurse Practitioner Doctorate at Wichita State University

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Tracy Lindstrom didn't let any obstacles stand in the way of earning her doctor of nursing practice degree at Wichita State University. Lindstrom recently became the first student with a hearing impairment to graduate from WSU with a doctoral degree.

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Hearing, Cell Biology, Nervous System, Nerve Cells, Brain, ear, auditory nerve, Auditory System, Neurotransmitter

How Hearing Loss Can Change the Way Nerve Cells Are Wired

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Even short-term blockages in hearing can lead to remarkable changes in the auditory system, altering the behavior and structure of nerve cells that relay information from the ear to the brain, according to a new University at Buffalo study.

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Audio Accommodation Available for ‘the Pursuit of Happiness’ Exhibit

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Audio will be available for an exhibit at UIC

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Cochlear Implant

Patient's Hearing Is Restored Thanks to Cochlear Implant at Loyola

Julia Conkin's hearing was so poor she needed to use sign language to communicate. Then she received a cochlear implant at Loyola Medicine, and the results were spectacular. "I could hear things I had not heard for years, like music and conversations at gatherings,” she said. “It was beautiful to hear other people.”

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Deafness, age-related hearing loss, Genomics, electronic medical record (EMR), Electronic Health Records (EHR)

Electronic Records Help Link Genes to Age-Related Hearing Loss

A study of patient electronic medical records and genome sequences from adults with age-related hearing impairment by researchers at UC San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente Northern California, identified two genetic variations linked to the hearing disorder.

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Hearing Loss, Pregnancy, Premature Birth, Low Birth Weight, Birth Outcomes, maternal hearing loss, American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Women with Hearing Loss More Likely to Have Preterm or Low Birth Weight Babies

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Hearing loss is a marginalizing and disabling condition, resulting in various adverse social and health outcomes. Babies born to women with hearing loss were significantly more likely to be premature and have low birth weight, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Understanding and addressing the causes are critical to improving pregnancy outcomes among women with hearing loss, say investigators.

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Otolarnygology, Otolaryngologists, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, DEAF, Cochlear Implant, Ear And Hearing, Ear Tubes, Pediactrics, pediatric hearing

Scope Apps in the Hands of Parents, Ear Tubes, and Cochlear Implant Disparities

Among the new research to be presented Wednesday at the 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠ of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) in San Diego, CA, are several studies about hearing and ear health in children. The studies touch on hearing loss after ear tubes, iPhone otoscope app use by parents, and disparities in cochlear implantation across five different states—including California.

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Otolarnygology, Otolaryngologist, Otolaryngologists, American Academy Of Otolaryngology Head And Neck Surgery, Bad Breath, Hearing Aid, Hearing Loss, Thyroid

Bad Breath, Nose Jobs, Hearing Aids, and Thyroid Surgery

Research to be presented tomorrow at the 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) spans the otolaryngology specialty. Highlighted research below touches on topics ranging from halitosis, rhinoplasty, and transgender vocal cord surgery to thyroid surgery and hearing aid use.

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Nightclub Noise Danger in California

Physicians Sound Off about the Latest ENT Research during Otolaryngology’s Annual Meeting

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ear tumor, Hearing Loss, ear canal surgery, Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute, Ut Southwestern

Mother with Hearing Loss Discovers Rare Tumor, Helps Pioneer Surgery Through Ear

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Ana Placencia stretched in bed after waking up one Saturday morning, when suddenly the hearing in her left ear became muffled.







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