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    6-Sep-2019 12:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 718381

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.

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3-Sep-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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    5-Sep-2019 12:15 AM EDT

Article ID: 718390

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.

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3-Sep-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Newswise: UAH Center for Cybersecurity and Education developing high school curriculum for students who are deaf

Article ID: 718010

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).

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26-Aug-2019 2:05 PM EDT

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Article ID: 717406

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.

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14-Aug-2019 7:00 AM EDT
Newswise: Researchers Find Proteins That Might Restore Damaged Sound-Detecting Cells in The Ear

Article ID: 716864

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.

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5-Aug-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Newswise: Parents’ Mental Illness Increases Suicide Risk in Adults with Tinnitus, Hyperacusis

Article ID: 716638

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.

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31-Jul-2019 9:00 AM EDT

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Newswise: A third of children up to age 3 exposed to Zika in-utero have neurological problems

Article ID: 715516

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.

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9-Jul-2019 7:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 713940

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.

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8-Jul-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Newswise: Saving Beethoven
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    3-Jul-2019 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 715277

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

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2-Jul-2019 2:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 715181

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.

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1-Jul-2019 10:05 AM EDT

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