There are more than 300 genetic defects that have been found to prevent the hair cells in the human inner ear, the sensory cells of the ear as it were, from working properly. This can result in severe hearing impairment and even to complete hearing loss. Show More Summary
A recent review of published research indicates that hearing their mother's voice can benefit the health of preterm infants.
People with a prosthesis attached directly to their skeleton can hear by means of vibrations in their implant. This sound transmission through bones is an important part of osseoperception -- sensory awareness of the patient's surroundings provided by their prosthesis. Show More Summary
A method for predicting speech intelligibility in noisy surroundings has been created by scienitsts. The results of their experiments are more precise than those gained through the standard methods applied before now. They might thus facilitate the development process of hearing aids.
A cochlear implant is an electronic device capable of restoring hearing in a profoundly deaf person by stimulating the nerve endings in the inner ear. However, results can be extremely variable. Using brain imaging techniques, a neuroscientist and a surgeon have managed to predict the success of a cochlear implant among people who became profoundly deaf in their adult life.
The brains of those who are born blind make new connections in the absence of visual information, resulting in enhanced, compensatory abilities such as a heightened sense of hearing, smell and touch, as well as cognitive functions (such as memory and language) according to a new study.
Substantial noise exposures, with potentially serious long-term hearing health consequences, frequently occur in occupational and recreational settings, a new report explains.
A high-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation has been developed by a team of surgeons and engineers. To embed an electronic cochlear implant device into the ear of a deaf patient, the surgeon has to create a precise access from behind the ear, through the skull bone all the way into the inner ear.
The first-ever placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized clinical trial of hearing aid outcomes shows that older adults benefit from hearing aid use.
A combination of drugs has been discovered that induces supporting cells in the ear to differentiate into hair cells, offering a potential new way to treat hearing loss.
Hello DHH teachers and audiologists. What types of FM or hearing technology do you currently use with students? For students whose hearing aids that don't work with wireless FM systems or wireless microphones, what do you do? Can their...Show More Summary
A multidisciplinary team has uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development, outlines a new report.
A surgical approach to perform thryroidectomies without scarring the neck appears to be just as successful using standard surgery. Originally, using robotics and endoscopic technology, surgeons made an incision behind the ear instead of in the neck. A new study shows that the same approach can be employed using standard surgical equipment and techniques.
In the summer of 2015, a team of scientists eported restoring rudimentary hearing in genetically deaf mice using gene therapy. Now the 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.
Sign language users have better reaction times and peripheral vision, report researchers. A new study showed that deaf adults have the best peripheral vision and reaction times comparing to hearing adults and BSL users, providing further evidence that losing one of your five senses enhances the others.
Respiratory conditions could be better targeted and treated, thanks to the discovery of the vital molecule which regulates breathing.
Using a novel form of gene therapy, scientists have managed to restore partial hearing and balance in mice born with a genetic condition that affects both.
Researchers evaluated the effect of a cognitive training program on tinnitus, and report positive results.
A behavioral tool has been developed that may significantly aid in understanding the underlying mechanisms of tinnitus, ultimately leading to new drugs and treatment methods, report scientists.
An updated clinical practice guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation provides evidence-based recommendations on diagnosis and treatment of earwax (cerumen impaction) as well as important patient information on the dos and don'ts of earwax and healthy ear care.