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Newswise: The Human Ear Detects Half a Millisecond Delay in Sound
Released: 14-Jun-2021 6:05 AM EDT
The Human Ear Detects Half a Millisecond Delay in Sound
Aalto University

Acoustics researchers at Aalto University, in collaboration with professional monitoring loudspeaker manufacturer Genelec, have investigated just how small of a variation in sound delay the human ear can detect in the most sensitive frequency range for hearing. People normally hear sound in the range of 20 and 20,000 hertz.

7-Jun-2021 2:30 PM EDT
COVID-19 Creates Hearing, Balance Disorders, Aggravates Tinnitus Symptoms
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Evidence suggests auditory and vestibular effects should be added to the growing list of physiological impacts of COVID-19. During the 180th Meeting, Colleen Le Prell from the University of Texas at Dallas will talk about hearing and balance disorders associated with coronavirus infection and how pandemic-related stress and anxiety may aggravate tinnitus symptoms. Her presentation, "Hearing disorders secondary to infection with SARS-CoV-2," will take place Thursday, June 10.

Newswise: Headphones, Earbuds Impact Younger Generations' Future Audio Health
7-Jun-2021 10:40 AM EDT
Headphones, Earbuds Impact Younger Generations' Future Audio Health
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

As more people are taking advantage of music on the go, personal audio systems are pumping up the volume to the detriment of the listener's hearing. During the 180th ASA Meeting, Daniel Fink from The Quiet Coalition and Jan Mayes will talk about current research into personal audio system usage and the need for public health hearing conservation policies. Their session, "Personal audio system use can harm auditory health," will take place Thursday, June 10.

Released: 9-Jun-2021 2:50 PM EDT
Listening to Music Near Bedtime Could Lure Sleep-Disrupting ‘Earworms’
Association for Psychological Science

New research published in the journal Psychological Science, however, reveals that earworms can sometimes interject themselves into our dreams, where they can negatively impact our quality of sleep.

Newswise: Pandemic Quarantine Acoustically Contributes to Mental, Physical Health Degradation
4-Jun-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Pandemic Quarantine Acoustically Contributes to Mental, Physical Health Degradation
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

The prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic created widespread lockdown fatigue and increased social tension in multiunit housing, but small improvements in quality-of-life routines may help people cope. During the 180th ASA Meeting, Braxton Boren from American University will discuss noise prevention techniques and the use of alterative acoustic stimulation to help those who find themselves in pandemic-related lockdowns. The session, "The Soundscape of Quarantine," will take place Wednesday, June 9.

Newswise: Measuring Sound Diversity of Quietness
4-Jun-2021 11:30 AM EDT
Measuring Sound Diversity of Quietness
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

The world is filled with myriad sounds that can overwhelm a person with relentless acoustics. Noise is so prevalent in everyday life that the concept and achievement of comfortable quiet is hard to define. During the 180th ASA Meeting, Aggelos Tsaligopoulos from the University of the Aegean will describe how quiet could be measured in the hopes of better understanding its impact on people. The session, "Towards a new understanding of the concept of quietness," will take place Wednesday, June 9.

Newswise: Personalized Soundscape Could Help People with Dementia with Time, Place Recognition
4-Jun-2021 10:00 AM EDT
Personalized Soundscape Could Help People with Dementia with Time, Place Recognition
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Designing a soundscape to improve quality of life for an individual is centered on putting their perception at the heart of the process. During the 180th ASA Meeting, Arezoo Talebzadeh from Ghent University will show how a personalized soundscape can help those with dementia by providing clues regarding time of day and place. The session, "Soundscape design for people with dementia; the correlation between psychoacoustic parameter and human perception," will take place Wednesday, June 9.

Released: 8-Jun-2021 3:45 PM EDT
Men with sensory loss are more likely to be obese
Anglia Ruskin University

Men who suffer sensory loss, particularly hearing loss, are more likely to be physically inactive and obese than women, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Public Health.

Newswise: Noisy Homes During Pandemic Drive Future Design Choices
7-Jun-2021 11:45 AM EDT
Noisy Homes During Pandemic Drive Future Design Choices
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Due to strict lockdowns, many of us have seen and heard our family and neighbors much more than ever before. During the 180th ASA Meeting, Ayca Sentop Dümen and Konca Saher from the Turkish Acoustical Society will discuss the effects of pandemic-related noise on people's satisfaction with their homes and how this may inform future design choices. Their presentation, "Noise annoyance in dwellings during the first wave of Covid-19," will take place Tuesday, June 8.

Newswise: Acoustics in Focus: Virtual Press Conference Schedule for 180th Meeting of Acoustical Society of America
Released: 7-Jun-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Acoustics in Focus: Virtual Press Conference Schedule for 180th Meeting of Acoustical Society of America
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Press conferences at the 180th ASA Meeting will cover the latest in acoustical research during the Acoustics in Focus meeting. The virtual press conferences will take place each day of the meeting and offer reporters and outlets the opportunity to hear key presenters talk about their research. To ensure the safety of attendees, volunteers, and ASA staff, Acoustics in Focus will be hosted entirely online.

Newswise: MEDIA ADVISORY: Story, Feature Ideas from 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
Released: 3-Jun-2021 1:40 PM EDT
MEDIA ADVISORY: Story, Feature Ideas from 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

The 180th ASA Meeting, being held virtually June 8-10, will feature sessions on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted hearing health, affected noise annoyance in urban settings, and adjusted how teachers talked and listened to their students. There will be presentations on how acoustics shapes speech in children, impacts mental health, and potentially signals health problems.

Newswise: Story Tips from Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Released: 3-Jun-2021 11:00 AM EDT
Story Tips from Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Johns Hopkins Medicine

NEWS STORIES IN THIS ISSUE: -Physician and Musician: Johns Hopkins Doctor Brings Passion for Music to Medicine During Pandemic -Rapid, At-Home Blood Test Could Confirm COVID-19 Vaccination in Minutes -What to Expect and Prepare for As You Return to Regular Health Care Appointments -Study Suggests Sudden Hearing Loss Not Associated with COVID-19 Vaccination -Vaccination May Not Rid COVID-19 Risk for Those with Rheumatic, Musculoskeletal Diseases

Newswise: Anyone can get super-hearing
Released: 2-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Anyone can get super-hearing
Aalto University

Humans can observe what and where something happens around them with their hearing, as long as sound frequencies lie between 20 Hz and 20 000 Hz. Researchers at Aalto University have now developed a new audio technique that enables people to also hear ultrasonic sources that generate sound at frequencies above 20,000 Hz with simultaneous perception of their direction.

Newswise: Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Released: 27-May-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our “COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins” every other Wednesday.

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Released: 19-May-2021 1:00 PM EDT
Brian Fargo, inXile founder, gives $1 million to advance UCI research for tinnitus treatment
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., May 19, 2021 — A $1 million gift to the University of California, Irvine from Brian Fargo, founder and studio head of inXile entertainment, will advance efforts to develop a treatment for tinnitus, commonly described as “ringing in the ears.” According to the American Tinnitus Association, an estimated 50 million people in the U.

Released: 14-May-2021 8:40 AM EDT
Save-the-Date: Acoustics in Focus, June 8-10, Offers New Presentation Options
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

The Acoustical Society of America will hold its 180th meeting June 8-10. To ensure the safety of attendees, volunteers, and ASA staff, the June meeting, "Acoustics in Focus," will be hosted entirely online with new features to ensure an exciting experience for attendees. Reporters are invited to attend the meeting at no cost and participate in a series of virtual press conferences featuring a selection of newsworthy research.

Newswise: No Lasting Benefit to Tubes Over Antibiotics for Childhood Ear Infections, Trial Shows
10-May-2021 3:20 PM EDT
No Lasting Benefit to Tubes Over Antibiotics for Childhood Ear Infections, Trial Shows
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

There is no long-term benefit to surgically placing tubes in a young child’s ears to reduce recurrent ear infections, compared with giving oral antibiotics, a randomized trial determined.

Released: 11-May-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Study shows how our brains sync hearing with vision
McGill University

Every high-school physics student learns that sound and light travel at very different speeds.

6-May-2021 1:55 PM EDT
Discovery of a New Genetic Cause of Hearing Loss Illuminates How Inner Ear Works
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A gene called GAS2 plays a key role in normal hearing, and its absence causes severe hearing loss, according to a study led by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Newswise: University of Miami Hearing Professionals Present Latest Research at American Cochlear Implant Alliance Conference
Released: 4-May-2021 3:45 PM EDT
University of Miami Hearing Professionals Present Latest Research at American Cochlear Implant Alliance Conference
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

From the impact of COVID-19 on parents, to speech differences between English- and Spanish-learners, and advanced ear surgery techniques, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hearing professionals presented their latest studies at CI2021, the annual conference of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance, from April 28 to May 1.

Newswise: Miller School Study Highlights Importance of Psychological Screening for Adolescents with Hearing Loss
Released: 3-May-2021 3:45 PM EDT
Miller School Study Highlights Importance of Psychological Screening for Adolescents with Hearing Loss
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

A new study led by a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher underscores the importance of screening adolescents with hearing loss for depression and anxiety.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 8:55 AM EDT
Dealing With Earwax
Hackensack Meridian Health

Earwax often gets a bad rap as people believe the gooey, yellow substance is synonymous with bad hygiene, but Mountainside Medical Group’s otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon Mina Le, M.D., explains why earwax is actually healthy and debunks other common misconceptions around it.

17-Mar-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Increased risk of hearing impairment with new thyroid eye disease treatment
Endocrine Society

More patients than previously reported may experience hearing symptoms such as hearing loss or muffled hearing from a new treatment for thyroid eye disease, teprotumumab (Tepezza), according to a small study presented virtually at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting.

Newswise: Teaching Students About Deaf Culture
Released: 16-Mar-2021 12:20 PM EDT
Teaching Students About Deaf Culture
SUNY Buffalo State College

Amy Crockford, the coordinator of Buffalo State College's American Sign Language program, will soon have the opportunity to introduce students to the intricacies of deaf and hard-of-hearing life through a new elective, SLP 330: Deaf Culture in America.

Newswise: Making Communication Clearer During COVID-19
Released: 16-Mar-2021 11:45 AM EDT
Making Communication Clearer During COVID-19
Rush University Medical Center

Realizing that wearing a mask can make communication harder for people with hearing loss, Rush University Medical Center is now offering transparent face masks. These clear masks can help ease stressful situations and it make it less likely for information to be misinterpreted.

Newswise: Translational Hearing Center awarded largest NIH grant in Creighton University history
Released: 5-Mar-2021 3:10 PM EST
Translational Hearing Center awarded largest NIH grant in Creighton University history
Creighton University

Researchers will be dedicated to battling hearing loss resulting from numerous causes. They will tackle hearing loss in children whose hearing is compromised by antibiotics or other medical treatments, to persons suffering hearing loss in the wake of cancer therapies, those who suffer deafness due to such infections as meningitis, through to natural hearing loss caused by aging.

Newswise: Most older adults haven’t gotten checked for hearing loss, with women less likely than men to be screened or tested
25-Feb-2021 8:05 AM EST
Most older adults haven’t gotten checked for hearing loss, with women less likely than men to be screened or tested
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Eighty percent of Americans over 50 say their primary care doctor hasn’t asked about their hearing in the past two years, and nearly as many haven’t had their hearing checked by a professional in that same time, according to a new national poll report.

Newswise: New NIH Grant Supports Innovative Approach to Cochlear Implant Surgery
Released: 24-Feb-2021 9:15 AM EST
New NIH Grant Supports Innovative Approach to Cochlear Implant Surgery
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine was awarded a new five-year, $2 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) for “Application of Mild Therapeutic Hypothermia for Hearing Conservation During Cochlear Implant Surgeries.” It follows a pilot grant from the CTSI, a small business innovation grant from the National Institutes of Health, and industry funding to Dr. Suhrud Rajguru, Ph.D., associate professor at the Miller School of Medicine in biomedical engineering and otolaryngology, and his laboratory.

Newswise: Study in Newborn Mice Suggests Sounds Influence the Developing Brain Earlier than Previously Thought
Released: 12-Feb-2021 2:00 PM EST
Study in Newborn Mice Suggests Sounds Influence the Developing Brain Earlier than Previously Thought
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Scientists have yet to answer the age-old question of whether or how sound shapes the minds of fetuses in the womb, and expectant mothers often wonder about the benefits of such activities as playing music during pregnancy. Now, in experiments in newborn mice, scientists at Johns Hopkins report that sounds appear to change “wiring” patterns in areas of the brain that process sound earlier than scientists assumed and even before the ear canal opens.

Newswise:Video Embedded implant-improves-balance-movement-and-quality-of-life-for-people-with-inner-ear-disorder
VIDEO
Released: 11-Feb-2021 9:30 AM EST
Implant Improves Balance, Movement and Quality of Life for People with Inner Ear Disorder
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Getting around without the need to concentrate on every step is something most of us can take for granted because our inner ears drive reflexes that make maintaining balance automatic. However, for about 1.8 million adults worldwide with bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH) — loss of the inner ears’ sense of balance — walking requires constant attention to avoid a fall. Now, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have shown that they can facilitate walking, relieve dizziness and improve quality of life in patients with BVH by surgically implanting a stimulator that electrically bypasses malfunctioning areas of the inner ear and partially restores the sensation of balance.

4-Feb-2021 2:05 PM EST
Hearing Acrobatics
Harvard Medical School

The sense of hearing is, quite literally, a molecular tightrope act. Turns out, it involves acrobatics as well.

Newswise: Illuminating Cells May Help Surgeons Remove Vestibular Schwannomas
Released: 26-Jan-2021 2:05 PM EST
Illuminating Cells May Help Surgeons Remove Vestibular Schwannomas
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

Research by scientists at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has shown that sodium fluorescein, a sodium salt and organic fluorescent dye that makes vestibular schwannoma tumors glow neon green, may help surgeons improve the safety and outcomes of an otherwise complicated brain surgery.

Newswise: Study identifies repurposed drug with potential to protect hearing
Released: 6-Jan-2021 5:35 PM EST
Study identifies repurposed drug with potential to protect hearing
Creighton University

An FDA-approved drug that is currently used in treating cancers has the potential to protect against or treat hearing loss in humans.

Newswise: Woman Regains Hearing in Left Ear After 50 Years Thanks to Innovative Implant
Released: 23-Dec-2020 12:20 PM EST
Woman Regains Hearing in Left Ear After 50 Years Thanks to Innovative Implant
Henry Ford Health System

DETROIT (December 23, 2020) – This holiday season, Angela Holland will enjoy the gift of hearing from her left ear again. After 50 years of single-sided deafness caused by a disease known as cholesteatoma, new hearing technology implanted by Henry Ford Health System surgeon Kristen Angster, M.D. will allow Holland to ring in the season and truly enjoy the sounds of the holidays.

Released: 17-Dec-2020 12:55 PM EST
Hearing Loss and High Blood Sugar Linked to Poorer Learning and Memory among Older Latinos
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers report that hearing loss and high blood sugar are associated with poor cognitive performance among middle-aged and older Latinos.

Newswise: Sounds, Smells Could Sway Our Self-Image
7-Dec-2020 10:30 AM EST
Sounds, Smells Could Sway Our Self-Image
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

A lemony scent and light sounds could change the way you feel about yourself. Previously, researchers have shown that visual and tactile stimulation can change a person’s perception of their own body weight. Research being presented by Giada Brianza at the 179th ASA Meeting, has found our hearing and sense of smell can also change how we feel about our self-image, which could help improve healthy behaviors.

Newswise: How Loud Is Too Loud? Identifying Noise Levels That Deter Older Restaurant Patrons
3-Dec-2020 2:55 PM EST
How Loud Is Too Loud? Identifying Noise Levels That Deter Older Restaurant Patrons
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

As restaurants get noisier, the increasing noise levels could deter older patrons, especially those with mild to severe hearing loss. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will discuss their work on investigating acceptable noise levels that won’t cause restaurant visitors to stay away from certain establishments. Identifying acceptable noise levels helps establish truly “age-friendly” communities. The session will take place as part of the 179th ASA Meeting.

Newswise: A Day at The Beach Helps Model How Sound Moves Through Coastal Areas
3-Dec-2020 10:05 AM EST
A Day at The Beach Helps Model How Sound Moves Through Coastal Areas
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

At a North Carolina beach, researchers have been poking and prodding the sand to study how moisture levels affect sounds as they move across the environment. Over short distances, even moderately wet sand reflects sound more like water does than as a solid surface does. Faith Cobb and her team are looking into if the same is true for long-range sound propagation. Their findings will be presented as a part of the 179th ASA Meeting.

Newswise: Masked Education: Which Face Coverings are Best for Student Comprehension?
2-Dec-2020 9:40 AM EST
Masked Education: Which Face Coverings are Best for Student Comprehension?
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

With the ubiquity of masks due to the coronavirus pandemic, understanding speech has become difficult. This especially applies in classroom settings, where the presence of a mask and the acoustics of the room have an impact on students’ comprehension. Pasquale Bottalico has been studying the effects of masks on communication. He will discuss his findings on the best way to overcome hurdles in classroom auditory perception caused by facial coverings at the 179th ASA Meeting.

Newswise: Accent Perception Depends on Backgrounds of Speaker, Listener
2-Dec-2020 11:10 AM EST
Accent Perception Depends on Backgrounds of Speaker, Listener
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Visual cues can change listeners’ perception of others’ accents, and people’s past exposure to varied speech can also impact their perception of accents. Ethan Kutlu will discuss his team’s work testing the impact that visual input and linguistic diversity has on listeners’ perceived accentedness judgments in two different locations: Gainesville, Florida, and Montreal, Canada. The session will take place Dec. 9 as part of the 179th ASA Meeting.

Newswise: How Does Eye Position Affect ‘Cocktail Party’ Listening?
2-Dec-2020 8:55 AM EST
How Does Eye Position Affect ‘Cocktail Party’ Listening?
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Several acoustic studies have shown that the position of your eyes determines where your visual spatial attention is directed, which automatically influences your auditory spatial attention. Researchers are currently exploring its impact on speech intelligibility. During the 179th ASA Meeting, Virginia Best will describe her work to determine whether there is a measurable effect of eye position within cocktail party listening situations.

Released: 8-Dec-2020 3:35 PM EST
Acoustics Virtually Everywhere: 25 Scientists Summarize Research They’re Presenting This Week at ASA’s December Meeting
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

As part of the 179th ASA Meeting, 25 sound scientists summarize their innovative research into 300-500 words for a general audience and provide helpful video, photos, and audio. These lay language papers are written for everyone, not just the scientific community. Acousticians are doing important work to make hospitals quieter, map the global seafloor, translate musical notes into emotion, and understand how the human voice changes with age.

Newswise: Is this your brain on Mozart? Music, seizures, and epilepsy
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Released: 3-Dec-2020 8:35 AM EST
Is this your brain on Mozart? Music, seizures, and epilepsy
International League Against Epilepsy

A recent one-year study found a 35% decrease in seizure frequency in people with epilepsy who listened to an excerpt of Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos. Research in animal models also suggests that music has multiple effects on the brain.

Newswise: Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins Medicine
Released: 24-Nov-2020 11:00 AM EST
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our “COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins” every other Tuesday.

Newswise: Mass Eye and Ear Experts Urge Food and Drug Administration to Allow Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Devices
18-Nov-2020 3:05 PM EST
Mass Eye and Ear Experts Urge Food and Drug Administration to Allow Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Devices
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Hearing experts advocate in The New England Journal of Medicine for the FDA to implement the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. The FDA missed the deadline to release the much-anticipated regulations on August 18, 2020

Newswise:Video Embedded mass-eye-and-ear-capital-campaign-concludes-with-252-million-raised-to-advance-research-and-patient-care
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Released: 29-Oct-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Mass Eye and Ear Capital Campaign Concludes with $252 Million Raised to Advance Research and Patient Care
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Mass Eye and Ear is proud to announce the successful conclusion of its historic campaign, “Bold Science. Life-Changing Cures.” which raised $252M from philanthropy to advance research to treat and cure diseases of vision, hearing, and the head and neck. The campaign was led by co-chair Wyc Grousbeck, Boston Celtics CEO and Lead Owner and former Chairman of Mass Eye and Ear.

Newswise: SoundWatch: New smartwatch app alerts d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing users to birdsong, sirens and other desired sounds
Released: 28-Oct-2020 4:30 PM EDT
SoundWatch: New smartwatch app alerts d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing users to birdsong, sirens and other desired sounds
University of Washington

UW researchers have developed SoundWatch, a smartwatch app for deaf, Deaf and hard-of-hearing people who want to be aware of nearby sounds.

Newswise:Video Embedded new-research-could-help-millions-who-suffer-from-ringing-in-the-ears2
VIDEO
Released: 15-Oct-2020 12:40 PM EDT
New research could help millions who suffer from ‘ringing in the ears’
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

n the largest clinical trial of its kind, researchers show that combining sound and electrical stimulation of the tongue can significantly reduce tinnitus, commonly described as “ringing in the ears.” They also found that therapeutic effects can be sustained for up to 12 months post-treatment. The findings could potentially help millions of people since tinnitus affects about 10 to 15 percent of the population worldwide.


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