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Released: 9-Jul-2020 3:55 PM EDT
Study Shows that Improved Cochlear Implant Device Allows Safe MRI in Children without Discomfort
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

A study from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago found that children with a MED-EL Synchrony cochlear implant device can undergo MRI safely, with no discomfort and reduced need for sedation or anesthesia. Findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal Laryngoscope.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Face Masks Can be Devastating for People with Hearing loss, NYU professors say in British Medical Journal
New York University

Experts examine the serious implications of needed coronavirus prevention measures on health care practitioners and their patients with hearing loss.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 11:25 AM EDT
Desert island discs: Music listened to in younger years defines us forever, research finds
SAGE Publications UK

Researchers at the University of Westminster and City University of London analysing the music record choices of guests on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs programme has found that the music we listen to between the age of 10 and 30 define us for the rest of our lives.

Released: 8-Jul-2020 1:40 PM EDT
UBC research shows hearing persists at end of life
University of British Columbia

Hearing is widely thought to be the last sense to go in the dying process. Now UBC researchers have evidence that some people may still be able to hear while in an unresponsive state at the end of their life.

Newswise: The science of sound: Researchers suggest use of artificial tones in perception experiments could be missing the mark
Released: 7-Jul-2020 10:35 AM EDT
The science of sound: Researchers suggest use of artificial tones in perception experiments could be missing the mark
McMaster University

Researchers at McMaster University who study how the brain processes sound have discovered the common practice of using artificial tones in perception experiments could mean scientists are overlooking important and interesting discoveries in the field of brain research

Newswise: A simpler way to make sensory hearing cells
Released: 1-Jul-2020 12:50 PM EDT
A simpler way to make sensory hearing cells
Keck Medicine of USC

USC Stem Cell scientists have pioneered a simpler way to generate the sensory cells of the inner ear. The study was published in the journal eLife.

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Released: 25-Jun-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Variability in natural speech is challenging for the dyslexic brain
University of Helsinki

A new study brings neural-level evidence that the continuous variation in natural speech makes the discrimination of phonemes challenging for adults suffering from developmental reading-deficit dyslexia.

Newswise: Essential key to hearing sensitivity discovered in inner ear
Released: 26-May-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Essential key to hearing sensitivity discovered in inner ear
University of Virginia Health System

New research is shedding light on the biological architecture that lets us hear – and on a genetic disorder that causes both deafness and blindness.

10-Mar-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Sound Can Directly Affect Balance and Lead to Risk of Falling
Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai research highlights the need for more hearing checks among groups at high risk for falls

Released: 9-Mar-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Mayo Clinic-led study links obesity with pancreatitis
Mayo Clinic

A study by researchers at Mayo Clinic in Arizona published in the The Journal of Clinical Investigation has found that obesity is not only implicated in chronic diseases such as diabetes, but also in sudden-onset diseases such as pancreatitis.

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24-Feb-2020 11:30 AM EST
Using a cappella to explain speech and music specialization
The Neuro - Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

Speech and music are two fundamentally human activities that are decoded in different brain hemispheres. A new study used a unique approach to reveal why this specialization exists.

Released: 28-Jan-2020 11:15 AM EST
Biomarkers of Brain Function May Lead to Clinical Tests for Hidden Hearing Loss
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

A pair of biomarkers of brain function — one that represents “listening effort,” and another that measures ability to process rapid changes in frequencies — may help to explain why a person with normal hearing may struggle to follow conversations in noisy environments, according to a new study led by Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers. The researchers hoped the study could inform the design of next-generation clinical testing for hidden hearing loss, a condition that cannot currently be measured using standard hearing exams.

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Released: 17-Dec-2019 10:05 AM EST
Millions with swallowing problems could be helped through new wearable device
Purdue University

A wearable monitoring device to make treatments easier and more affordable for the millions of people with swallowing disorders is about to be released into the market.

Newswise: ASA, CDC Plan Revamp of Sound-Related Wikipedia Pages for International Year of Sound 2020
27-Nov-2019 10:20 AM EST
ASA, CDC Plan Revamp of Sound-Related Wikipedia Pages for International Year of Sound 2020
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

As harmful effects of noise are becoming more widely known, popular internet websites are increasingly being used as resources of information. For the International Year of Sound 2020 (#IYS2020), the Acoustical Society of America and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the CDC, took the lead in designing the online event Wiki4YearOfSound2020. The event will facilitate the improvement of Wikipedia content in topics related to acoustics, communication, music, noise and soundscapes.

3-Dec-2019 8:05 PM EST
Reprogramming the Inner Ear to Regrow Hair Cells Shows Promise to be an Effective Target for Hearing Loss Treatments
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Mass. Eye and Ear scientists report the identification of a new pathway linked to cell division in the ear. With this pathway, they were able to reprogram the inner ear’s cells to proliferate and regenerate hair cell-like cells in adult mouse models.

Newswise: Low Frequency Sound May Predict Tornado Formation
19-Nov-2019 2:25 PM EST
Low Frequency Sound May Predict Tornado Formation
American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics

How can you tell when a storm is going to produce a tornado even before the twister forms? Research from Oklahoma State University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln indicates prior to tornado formation, storms emit low-frequency sounds.

Newswise: Shaking Head to Get Rid of Water in Ears Could Cause Brain Damage
18-Nov-2019 10:00 AM EST
Shaking Head to Get Rid of Water in Ears Could Cause Brain Damage
American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics

Trapped water in the ear canal can cause infection and even damage, but it turns out that one of the most common methods people use to get rid of water in their ears can also cause complications. Researchers show shaking the head to free trapped water can cause brain damage in small children.

Released: 20-Nov-2019 11:15 AM EST
Hear this: Healthful diet tied to lower risk of hearing loss
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital have found that eating a healthy diet may reduce the risk of acquired hearing loss.

12-Nov-2019 12:35 PM EST
Link Between Hearing and Cognition Begins Earlier Than Once Thought
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A new study finds that cognitive impairment begins in the earliest stages of age-related hearing loss—when hearing is still considered normal.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Eustachian tube dilation offers safer relief from dysfunction
Released: 6-Nov-2019 2:10 PM EST
The Medical Minute: Eustachian tube dilation offers safer relief from dysfunction
Penn State Health

Popping your ears by yawning or chewing gum can help alleviate pressure. But if that doesn’t help, a more permanent solution might be Eustachian tube dilation.

Released: 5-Nov-2019 5:05 PM EST
Can a drug that repairs DNA help prevent noise-induced hearing loss? Learn about the audiologist testing this novel treatment.
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University professor O'neil Guthrie is testing a drug designed to help the body's natural ability to repair DNA to determine whether it can help repair cells damaged by noise and help prevent hearing loss.

Released: 24-Oct-2019 12:05 PM EDT
For better research results, let mice be mice
University at Buffalo

Animal models can serve as gateways for understanding many human communication disorders, but a new study from the University at Buffalo suggests that the established practice of socially isolating mice for such purposes might actually make them poor research models for humans, and a simple shift to a more realistic social environment could greatly improve the utility of the future studies.

Released: 16-Oct-2019 3:00 PM EDT
EPFL and researchers from Mass. Eye and Ear are developing next-generation hearing implants
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School and a team of EPFL researchers have developed a conformable electrode implant that will allow people with a dysfunctional inner ear to hear again. This new technology would improve existing auditory brainstem implants, which have a number of shortcomings.

Released: 16-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Deaf Infants’ Gaze Behavior More Advanced Than That of Hearing Infants
University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Deaf infants who have been exposed to American Sign Language are better at following an adult’s gaze than their hearing peers, supporting the idea that social-cognitive development is sensitive to different kinds of life experiences.

Released: 15-Oct-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Deaf infants more attuned to parent’s visual cues, study shows
University of Washington

A University of Washington-led study finds that Deaf infants exposed to American Sign Language are especially tuned to a parent's eye gaze, itself a social connection between parent and child that is linked to early learning.

Newswise: Study “Cures” Oldest Case of Deafness in Human Evolution
Released: 14-Oct-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Study “Cures” Oldest Case of Deafness in Human Evolution
Binghamton University, State University of New York

An international team of researchers including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has published a new study examining a 430,000-year-old cranium of a human ancestor that was previously described as deaf, representing the oldest case of deafness in human prehistory.

Released: 10-Oct-2019 4:05 PM EDT
A bold restructuring of ASU’s College of Health Solutions results in growth and innovation across all measures
Arizona State University (ASU)

One year following a large-scale restructuring, Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions announces growth in enrollment, new faculty and research advancement.

Released: 8-Oct-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Need to Balance Guides Development of Limb-Body Coordination
NYU Langone Health

The need to feel balanced drives the development of coordination between body and limbs as zebrafish larvae learn to swim, a new study by NYU School of Medicine finds.

Released: 1-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Mild-to-moderate hearing loss in children leads to changes in how brain processes sound
University of Cambridge

Deafness in early childhood is known to lead to lasting changes in how sounds are processed in the brain, but new research published today in eLife shows that even mild-to-moderate levels of hearing loss in young children can lead to similar changes.

3-Sep-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Sound Deprivation in One Ear Leads to Speech Recognition Difficulties
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Chronic conductive hearing loss, which can result from middle-ear infections, has been linked to speech recognition deficits, according to a new study led by scientists at Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

3-Sep-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Study links hearing aids to lower risk of dementia, depression & falls; only 1 in 8 older adults with hearing loss have one
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Older adults who get a hearing aid for a newly diagnosed hearing loss have a lower risk of being diagnosed with dementia, depression or anxiety for the first time over the next three years, and a lower risk of suffering fall-related injuries, than those who leave their hearing loss uncorrected, a new study finds.

Newswise: UAH Center for Cybersecurity and Education developing high school curriculum for students who are deaf
Released: 26-Aug-2019 2:05 PM EDT
UAH Center for Cybersecurity and Education developing high school curriculum for students who are deaf
University of Alabama Huntsville

A nationwide, high school level cybersecurity curriculum for students who are deaf is being developed by the Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education (CCRE) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Released: 14-Aug-2019 7:00 AM EDT
Nerve Stimulation + Repetitive Sounds Help Improve Hearing
American Physiological Society (APS)

Combining seizure-preventing electrical stimulation with repetitive musical tones improves processing of sounds in the brain, according to new research. The discovery may provide relief for chronic ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and aid communication skills in people with autism. The first-of-its-kind study, published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurophysiology (JNP), was chosen as an APSselect article for August.

Newswise: Researchers Find Proteins That Might Restore Damaged Sound-Detecting Cells in The Ear
Released: 5-Aug-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Researchers Find Proteins That Might Restore Damaged Sound-Detecting Cells in The Ear
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Using genetic tools in mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have identified a pair of proteins that precisely control when sound-detecting cells, known as hair cells, are born in the mammalian inner ear. The proteins, described in a report published June 12 in eLife, may hold a key to future therapies to restore hearing in people with irreversible deafness.

Newswise: Parents’ Mental Illness Increases Suicide Risk in Adults with Tinnitus, Hyperacusis
Released: 31-Jul-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Parents’ Mental Illness Increases Suicide Risk in Adults with Tinnitus, Hyperacusis
Florida Atlantic University

A study is the first to examine the relationship between parental mental illness like anxiety and depression in childhood and the risk of suicide and self-harm in adults who suffer from tinnitus, noise or ringing in the ears, and hyperacusis, extreme sensitivity to noise. Results show that among patients seeking help for these debilitating hearing disorders, poor mental health in their parents was associated with suicide and self-harm risk across the life span in addition to their own current depression level.

Newswise: A third of children up to age 3 exposed to Zika in-utero have neurological problems
Released: 9-Jul-2019 7:05 PM EDT
A third of children up to age 3 exposed to Zika in-utero have neurological problems
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

New research suggests that 32% of children up to the age of 3 years who were exposed to the Zika virus during the mother’s pregnancy had below-average neurological development. Also, fewer than 4% of 216 children evaluated had microcephaly —a smaller-than-normal head that is one of the hallmarks of the mosquito-borne disease. The heads of two of those children grew to normal size over time, the researchers reported.

Released: 8-Jul-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Augustana University Professor’s Research Leads to Surprising Mating Decision in Butterfly Species
Augustana University, South Dakota

The males of one species of butterfly are more attracted to females that are active, not necessarily what they look like, according to a recent research conducted at Augustana University.The paper, “Behaviour before beauty: Signal weighting during mate selection in the butterfly Papilio polytes,” found that males of the species noticed the activity levels of potential female mates, not their markings.

Newswise: Saving Beethoven
2-Jul-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Saving Beethoven
Harvard Medical School

Scientists have used an optimized version of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system to prevent hearing loss in so-called Beethoven mice, which carry a genetic mutation that causes profound hearing loss in humans and mice alike The new gene-editing system successfully identified a single misspelled “letter” in the defective copy of a hearing gene and disabled the aberrant copy, sparing the healthy one DNA analyses and follow-up tests in treated animals showed no detectable off-target effects Results offer proof of principle for using the same gene-editing technique in more than 20 percent of dominantly inherited human genetic diseases

Released: 1-Jul-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Inside Pediatrics Podcast: What Expectant Moms Should Know About CMV
Children's of Alabama

Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is the most common viral infection, and the leading non-genetic cause of hearing loss, that infants are born with in the United States.

Newswise: Professor investigates transparent face mask to help deaf and hard of hearing patients better communicate with healthcare providers
Released: 1-Jul-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Professor investigates transparent face mask to help deaf and hard of hearing patients better communicate with healthcare providers
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock faculty member is hoping to make visits to healthcare professionals easier for patients and other health workers who are deaf or hard of hearing by researching a prototype transparent surgical face mask that allows those who are deaf or hard of hearing and non-native English speakers to read lips.

Released: 11-Jun-2019 11:50 AM EDT
Drug to Treat Malaria Could Mitigate Hereditary Hearing Loss
Case Western Reserve University

The ability to hear depends on proteins to reach the outer membrane of sensory cells in the inner ear. But in certain types of hereditary hearing loss, mutations in the protein prevent it from reaching these membranes.

Newswise: Restaurant Acoustics that Schmeckt
10-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Restaurant Acoustics that Schmeckt
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Acoustics consultant Klaus Genuit says that new ISO guidelines for defining, measuring and evaluating soundscapes are a big step forward in guiding the creation of audibly fine restaurants. "A soup might be delicious or not, but you can't answer this by knowing the temperature of the soup. It is the same with restaurant soundscapes -- you need a lot more information than just noise level," he said. He will present an application of the new ISO restaurant soundscape standards at the 177th ASA Meeting, May 13-17.

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Released: 15-May-2019 5:05 PM EDT
First smartphone app that can hear ear infections in children
University of Washington

Researchers at the UW have created a new smartphone app that can detect fluid behind the eardrum by simply using a piece of paper and the phone’s microphone and speaker.

10-May-2019 11:25 AM EDT
How Loud is Too Loud When It Comes to Sports Whistles?
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Referees and others using whistles on the job need a simple way to determine whether it’s harmful to their hearing, so researchers set out to put it to the test and to provide some clarity and damage risk criteria for impulse noise exposures. To do this, the group carefully measured and analyzed the acoustic signature of 13 brands of whistles identified as the “most commonly used” by 300 sports officials -- both indoors and outdoors. They will present their findings during the 177th ASA Meeting.

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