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Released: 24-Jan-2023 7:30 PM EST
Language of Care: University of Utah Health Researchers Co-Design Health Care With the Deaf Community
University of Utah Health

Navigating health care is hard enough when English is your first language—imagine the difficulty when American Sign is your first language. How can we bridge the linguistic and cultural gaps needed to better care for patients? University of Utah Health is proud to present Language of Care, an incredible short film of how a community of Deaf patients are breaking barriers by co-designing their own care with U of U Health researchers.

Released: 10-Jan-2023 5:55 PM EST
Perceptions of stress, mood associated with listening to music during COVID-19 lockdown
JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

Listening to music in daily life was significantly associated with lower levels of stress during the COVID-19 lockdown period in this study of 711 adults.

Newswise: Wayne State receives $1.7 million NIH award to understand and address ototoxic side effects of anti-cancer drug
Released: 5-Jan-2023 8:00 AM EST
Wayne State receives $1.7 million NIH award to understand and address ototoxic side effects of anti-cancer drug
Wayne State University Division of Research

Wayne State's Dr. Jamesdaniel received a $1.7 million NIH grant to study cisplatin, a drug that is prescribed to 10 to 20% of cancer patients that causes hearing loss in up to 80% treated with the drug.

Newswise: A checkerboard pattern of inner ear cells enables us to hear
Released: 27-Dec-2022 7:35 PM EST
A checkerboard pattern of inner ear cells enables us to hear
Kobe University

A Japanese research group has become the first to reveal that the checkerboard-like arrangement of cells in the inner ear’s organ of Corti is vital for hearing.

Newswise: When Grandpa Can’t Hear Words at a Noisy Holiday Gathering, Too Many Brain Cells May Be Firing at Once, Say Researchers
Released: 22-Dec-2022 1:30 PM EST
When Grandpa Can’t Hear Words at a Noisy Holiday Gathering, Too Many Brain Cells May Be Firing at Once, Say Researchers
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Looking for answers about how the brain works amid age-related hearing loss, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they found that old mice were less capable than young mice of “turning off” certain actively firing brain cells in the midst of ambient noise.

Newswise: Program That Trains Community Health Workers to Deliver Hearing Care Shows Success Among Low-Income Older Adults
Released: 20-Dec-2022 11:20 AM EST
Program That Trains Community Health Workers to Deliver Hearing Care Shows Success Among Low-Income Older Adults
Johns Hopkins Medicine

A first-in-kind program that trains trusted older adult community health workers to fit and deliver low-cost hearing technology to peers with hearing loss significantly improved communication function among participants, according to the results of a randomized clinical trial led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers.

Released: 8-Dec-2022 1:50 PM EST
Research illuminates approaches for long-term hearing loss treatment
Baylor College of Medicine

About 430 million people around the world experience disabling hearing loss. In the United States, approximately 37.5 million adults report some trouble hearing.

Newswise: Improving Child Development by Monitoring Noisy Day Cares #ASA183
1-Dec-2022 4:00 PM EST
Improving Child Development by Monitoring Noisy Day Cares #ASA183
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

At the 183rd ASA Meeting, Kenton Hummel will describe how soundscape research in day cares can improve child and provider outcomes and experiences. He and his team collaborated with experts in engineering, sensing, early child care, and health to monitor three day care centers for 48-hour periods. High noise levels and long periods of loud fluctuating sound can negatively impact children and staff by increasing the effort it takes to communicate. In contrast, a low background noise level allows for meaningful speech, which is essential for language, brain, cognitive, and social/emotional development.

   
Newswise: Whispers from the Deep Sea: The Subtle Sounds of Hydrothermal Vents #ASA183
1-Dec-2022 2:45 PM EST
Whispers from the Deep Sea: The Subtle Sounds of Hydrothermal Vents #ASA183
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

At the 183rd ASA Meeting, Brendan Smith will describe how hydrophones can listen to the sounds of deep-sea hydrothermal vents, informing the environmental impacts of deep-sea mining and assisting with interplanetary exploration. He and his supervisor David Barclay have developed noninvasive ways to study the vents that are sustainable in the long term because they work from a safe distance. Understanding the acoustics in the vicinity could help predict and prevent environmental impacts.

Newswise: How Behind-the-Scenes Sound Mixing Makes Movie Magic #ASA183
30-Nov-2022 3:15 PM EST
How Behind-the-Scenes Sound Mixing Makes Movie Magic #ASA183
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Modern movie sound mixing uses techniques like impulse responses to reproduce dialogue and other sounds. These methods are crucial to align what moviegoers see and hear and keep them engaged in the story. At the 183rd ASA meeting, Jeffrey Reed of Taproot Audio Design will demonstrate the behind-the-scenes audio engineering required to re-create the acoustics of movie sets and locations, sharing short clips of film to compare the original recording to the studio mixed product.

Newswise: Text-to-Audio Models Make Music from Scratch #ASA183
30-Nov-2022 3:20 PM EST
Text-to-Audio Models Make Music from Scratch #ASA183
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

For musicians, sound designers, and other audio professionals, a text-to-audio model opens avenues of creative application and exploration and provides workflow-enhancing tools. At the 183rd ASA Meeting, Zach Evans will present his team's early success in generating coherent and relevant music and sound from text. They employed data compression methods to generate the audio with reduced training time and improved output quality, and they plan to expand to larger data sets and release their model as open-source option for others to use and improve.

Newswise: Hearing is Believing: Sounds Can Alter Our Visual Perception
Released: 7-Dec-2022 9:45 AM EST
Hearing is Believing: Sounds Can Alter Our Visual Perception
Association for Psychological Science

Research in Psychological Science finds that audio cues can not only help us to recognize objects more quickly but can even alter our visual perception. Pair birdsong with a bird and we see a bird—but replace that birdsong with a squirrel’s chatter, and we’re not quite so sure what we’re looking at.

Newswise: Cultivating a Music Studio to Sound Like an Indoor Forest #ASA183
29-Nov-2022 5:00 PM EST
Cultivating a Music Studio to Sound Like an Indoor Forest #ASA183
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

At the 183rd ASA Meeting, researchers will describe "The evolution of Blackbird Studio C," a space designed to provide an accurate and immersive mixing and production environment. They wanted to create a unique, ambient anechoic space that would allow ambient sound to decay equally across different frequencies and be free from interfering reflections, making it sound like an indoor forest. So they covered the walls and ceiling with primitive root diffusers. This technology causes sound energy to diffuse and radiate in many directions.

Newswise: Why Those Sounds From Your Upstairs Neighbor Are So Annoying #ASA183
29-Nov-2022 3:25 PM EST
Why Those Sounds From Your Upstairs Neighbor Are So Annoying #ASA183
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

At the 183rd ASA Meeting, Markus Mueller-Trapet will describe experiments designed to simulate and measure the perceived annoyance experienced from noisy neighbors in multi-unit residential buildings. He and his team provided a living room-like situation and recorded impact sounds of objects dropping and people walking. They then presented the recordings to study participants, using different playback techniques and virtual reality, and created an online survey. The team hopes to provide guidance to architects and building code developers.

Newswise: Shhhh … Speaking More Quietly in Restaurants Means Everyone Can Be Heard #ASA183
28-Nov-2022 4:00 PM EST
Shhhh … Speaking More Quietly in Restaurants Means Everyone Can Be Heard #ASA183
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

In a crowded restaurant, the sounds of conversations bounce off walls, creating background noise. Each individual wants to be heard, so they end up talking a little bit louder, which increases the overall din. Eventually – barring an interruption – the system gets loud enough to reach the limit of the human voice. Braxton Boren will discuss this cycle, called the Lombard effect, and how it can be disrupted in his presentation, "A game theory model of the Lombard effect in public spaces."

Newswise: Sensitive drills
Released: 29-Nov-2022 8:00 AM EST
Sensitive drills
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Hearing-impaired people whose auditory nerve is still intact can often be helped with a cochlear implant. But inserting the implant into the inner ear is not without risks, as facial nerves can be damaged in the process. Empa researchers have developed a novel smart drill that minimizes the risk by automatically shutting off when it comes near nerves.

Released: 22-Nov-2022 11:10 AM EST
NIH-Funded Study Uses AI to Improve Language for Children with Cochlear Implants
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

A new multicenter study will use artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze pre-surgical brain MRI scans to predict individual-level language outcomes in English- and Spanish-learning children up to four years after cochlear implantation. The long-term goal of the research is to customize therapy to maximize children’s hearing and language ability after receiving a cochlear implant.

   
Newswise:Video Embedded transcript-and-video-available-live-event-nov-16-researcher-will-discuss-new-screening-tool-to-assess-risk-for-alzheimer-s
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Released: 17-Nov-2022 10:55 AM EST
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE: Live Event Nov. 16: Researcher will discuss new screening tool to assess risk for Alzheimer's
Newswise

It is difficult to assess brain health status and risk of cognitive impairment, particularly at the initial evaluation. To address this, researchers have developed the Brain Health Platform to quantify brain health and identify Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

       
Released: 11-Nov-2022 7:35 PM EST
Rats bop to the beat
University of Tokyo

Accurately moving to a musical beat was thought to be a skill innately unique to humans.

Newswise: Research suggests deaf children more at risk of developing emotional wellbeing issues
Released: 9-Nov-2022 4:30 PM EST
Research suggests deaf children more at risk of developing emotional wellbeing issues
Queen's University Belfast

Research from Queen’s University Belfast suggests that deaf children are more at risk of developing mental health and emotional wellbeing issues compared to children who can hear.

Released: 9-Nov-2022 3:15 PM EST
Knowledge is power. The latest research on arthritis is right at your fingertips
Newswise

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Arthritis channel on Newswise.

Newswise: Sensitivity to Musical Rhythm Supports Social Development in Infants
Released: 31-Oct-2022 3:15 PM EDT
Sensitivity to Musical Rhythm Supports Social Development in Infants
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Engaging infants with a song provides a readymade means for supporting social development and interaction, according to a study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

   
Newswise: How Low-Cost Earbuds Can Make Newborn Hearing Screening Accessible
Released: 31-Oct-2022 12:00 PM EDT
How Low-Cost Earbuds Can Make Newborn Hearing Screening Accessible
University of Washington

A team led by researchers at the University of Washington has created a new hearing screening system that uses a smartphone and earbuds.

   
Released: 26-Oct-2022 9:35 AM EDT
New Study Shows Spiders Use Webs to Extend Their Hearing
Binghamton University, State University of New York

A newly published study of orb-weaving spiders — has yielded some extraordinary results: The spiders are using their webs as extended auditory arrays to capture sounds, possibly giving spiders advanced warning of incoming prey or predators.

Released: 23-Sep-2022 2:05 PM EDT
New research throws doubt on old ideas of how hearing works
Linkoping University

The way in which we experience music and speech differs from what has until now been believed.

Newswise: Findings explain exceptional auditory abilities in Williams-Beuren Syndrome
Released: 23-Sep-2022 11:00 AM EDT
Findings explain exceptional auditory abilities in Williams-Beuren Syndrome
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Scientists from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital identified the mechanism by which the disorder enhances the ability to discriminate between sounds as interneuron hyperexcitability in the auditory cortex.

Newswise: NIH Funds Miller School Researcher's Novel Work to Develop Gene Therapy for Hearing Loss-related Usher Syndrome
Released: 22-Sep-2022 2:30 PM EDT
NIH Funds Miller School Researcher's Novel Work to Develop Gene Therapy for Hearing Loss-related Usher Syndrome
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) has awarded Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., Marian and Walter Hotchkiss Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, a five-year, $3.5 million R01 research grant to develop a precision medicine approach to treat hearing loss (HL) in Usher syndrome (USH).

Newswise: Telehealth Makes Hearing Health Care More Equitable
15-Sep-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Telehealth Makes Hearing Health Care More Equitable
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, scientists explore how digital health solutions can expand audiology services in clinical and research settings. Audiology assessment via telehealth would allow patients to access care while a specialist is located hundreds of miles away and, as a research tool, telehealth would allow for more representative and decentralized data on hearing, without compromising results. The team is currently scaling up several studies they conducted in rural areas of Alaska; their mission is to close the gap on hearing health disparities.

   
Newswise: FDA’s new rule on over-the-counter hearing aids and what consumers should keep in mind
Released: 15-Sep-2022 3:35 PM EDT
FDA’s new rule on over-the-counter hearing aids and what consumers should keep in mind
University of Rhode Island

KINGSTON, R.I. – September 15, 2022 – A recent decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make hearing aids available over-the-counter is expanding access to assistance for millions of adults across the country who may have trouble hearing. The new rule was issued by the FDA in mid-August and will take effect mid-October.

Newswise: A Cut Above — Two Devices Are Teamed to Simplify, Quicken and Improve Ear Reconstruction
Released: 15-Sep-2022 10:00 AM EDT
A Cut Above — Two Devices Are Teamed to Simplify, Quicken and Improve Ear Reconstruction
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Thanks to two novel tools developed by a Johns Hopkins Medicine resident and a former resident, the traditionally difficult surgery to create a replacement ear from a patient’s rib cartilage may soon be done faster, more simply and accurately.

Released: 9-Sep-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Significant risk of sensory loss in long COVID - study
Anglia Ruskin University

New research has revealed the extent of sensory loss among people suffering from long Covid, with around 30% reporting a decreased sense of smell, and a similar number finding their sense of taste continuing to be affected 12 weeks or more after the initial infection.

Released: 8-Sep-2022 11:10 AM EDT
How can you explain the pain? Get the latest research on pain management in the Pain channel
Newswise

The latest research and expert commentary on pain management.

Newswise: Artificial Intelligence Model Outperforms Clinicians in Diagnosing Pediatric Ear Infections
Released: 31-Aug-2022 3:10 PM EDT
Artificial Intelligence Model Outperforms Clinicians in Diagnosing Pediatric Ear Infections
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

An artificial-intelligence (AI) model built at Mass Eye and Ear was shown to be significantly more accurate than doctors at diagnosing pediatric ear infections in the first head-to-head evaluation of its kind. The model, called OtoDX, was more than 95 percent accurate in diagnosing an ear infection in a set of 22 test images compared to 65 percent accuracy among a group of clinicians who reviewed the same images.

Released: 17-Aug-2022 5:05 PM EDT
降低听力减退风险的建议
Mayo Clinic

尊敬的妙佑医疗国际:我近来发现自己经常让别人重复他们说过的话,而且看电视时我必须把音量调得比以往更大才能听清楚。请问我如何判断自己是否出现了听力减退?我今年46岁。在这个年纪出现听力减退是不是稍早了些?有没有什么措施能够避免我出现进一步的听力减退?

Released: 12-Aug-2022 3:45 PM EDT
Breakthrough in search for tinnitus cure
University of Auckland

After 20 years searching for a cure for tinnitus, researchers at the University of Auckland are excited by ‘encouraging results’ from a clinical trial of a mobile-phone-based therapy.

Released: 5-Aug-2022 2:20 PM EDT
How bat brains listen out for incoming signals during echolocation
Goethe University Frankfurt

Bats famously have an ultrasonic navigation system: they use their extremely sensitive hearing to orient themselves by emitting ultrasonic sounds and using the echoes that result to build up a picture of their environment.

   
Released: 25-Jul-2022 10:10 AM EDT
Mass Eye and Ear Researchers Awarded $12.5 Million Nih Grant to Continue Hidden Hearing Loss Research
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Mass Eye and Ear researchers in the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories have been awarded a five-year, $12.5 million P50 Clinical Research Center Grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicable Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institute of Health (NIH) to continue their research on cochlear synaptopathy, or hidden hearing loss, a type of hearing damage first discovered at Mass Eye and Ear in 2009. Funding from the grant extends support of four projects that aim to clarify the prevalence, nature and functional consequences of hidden hearing loss in humans.

Released: 19-Jul-2022 11:05 AM EDT
طبيب اختصاصي من مايو كلينك يوضّح تأثير السمع على صحة الدماغ
Mayo Clinic

مدينة روتشستر، ولاية مينيسوتا: قد يحتاج الأفراد الذين يواجهون صعوبة في المشاركة في المحادثات أو أولئك الذين يعانون من مشاكل مرتبطة بالذاكرة والمهارات الفكرية إلى اختبار قدرتهم السمعية. وقد يكون فقدان السمع بسبب التقدّم في العمر مرتبطاً بالتعرض بشكل أكبر لخطر فقدان القدرات المعرفية والإدراك، كما يوضح الدكتور رونالد بيترسن، طبيب الأعصاب ومدير مركز أبحاث داء الزهايمر التابع لمايو كلينك.

Newswise: Preventing and Treating Swimmer’s Ear
Released: 13-Jul-2022 2:35 PM EDT
Preventing and Treating Swimmer’s Ear
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Summertime trips to lakes or pools to escape the heat can sometimes lead to ear infections caused by excess moisture in the ear canal. Hongzhao Ji, M.D., Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern, offers information on swimmer’s ear, how to treat it, and how to prevent it.

Released: 13-Jul-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Como a audição afeta a saúde do cérebro: especialista da Mayo Clinic explica
Mayo Clinic

As pessoas que têm dificuldades para acompanhar conversas ou estão desenvolvendo problemas com as habilidades de memória e raciocínio podem precisar verificar sua audição.

Released: 13-Jul-2022 2:05 PM EDT
听力如何影响您的脑部健康:妙佑医疗国际(Mayo Clinic)专家为您解答
Mayo Clinic

交谈困难或记忆和思维能力出现问题的人可能需要进行听力检查。神经科医生兼妙佑医疗国际阿尔茨海默氏症研究中心主任Ronald Petersen(医学博士)解释道,与年龄相关的听力减退可能会增加认知功能下降的风险。

Released: 13-Jul-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Cómo afecta la audición a la salud del cerebro: un experto de Mayo Clinic lo explica
Mayo Clinic

Las personas que tienen dificultad para seguir una conversación o desarrollan problemas con las capacidades de la memoria y el pensamiento deberían hacerse revisar la audición.

Newswise: Update Noise Regulations to Protect Seals, Porpoises
22-Jun-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Update Noise Regulations to Protect Seals, Porpoises
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, scientists in Denmark review recent experiments and find noise regulations may need to be changed to protect porpoises, seals, and other sea-dwelling mammals. Current guidance for seals and porpoises is based on few measurements in a limited frequency range; the guidance is still valid for these frequencies, but investigators found substantial deviations in recent studies of the impact of low frequency noise on seals and high frequency noise on porpoises.

Released: 28-Jun-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Researchers Develop Word-Score Model Capable of Estimating Hidden Hearing Loss
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Researchers from Mass Eye and Ear have developed a word-score model capable of estimating the amount of hidden hearing loss in human ears. This form of hearing loss is caused by cochlear nerve degeneration, and is not detected by standard audiogram tests.

Newswise: Dysfunctional Gene Leads to Potentially Treatable Hearing Loss
Released: 23-Jun-2022 12:55 PM EDT
Dysfunctional Gene Leads to Potentially Treatable Hearing Loss
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

Researchers at the John T. Macdonald Department of Human Genetics and John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have found that inherited mutations in the MINAR2 gene caused deafness in four families. The gene variation mostly affects the inner ear hair cells, which are critical to hearing. The authors believe the progressive nature of this hearing loss, in some affected individuals and in mice, could offer opportunities for treatment.

Released: 16-Jun-2022 12:40 PM EDT
Study that Finds Telemedicine Greatly Increases Access to Hearing Care for Rural Children
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

The Hearing Norton Sound study, which focused on school-based hearing screening programs in rural Alaska, showed that referring children to specialists via telemedicine provides significantly quicker access to follow-up care than referring them to primary care providers.

Released: 16-Jun-2022 8:55 AM EDT
Doll Houses — A Toy Aimed at Teaching Compassionate Living with People with Disabilities in the Society
Chulalongkorn University

A lecturer from the Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University has developed a toy that instills a sense of compassion in children while teaching them to live happily with people with disabilities and the elderly in society.


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