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Modified virus as 'Trojan Horse' for delivering genes to repair congenital hearing loss

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 mother's voice may help stabilize preterm infants

A recent review of published research indicates that hearing their mother's voice can benefit the health of preterm infants.

Hearing, touch mediate sensations via osseointegrated prostheses

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

Intelligible speech despite noisy surroundings

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.

When writing interferes with hearing

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.

Brain 'rewires' itself to enhance other senses in blind people

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.

58 million Americans are exposed to loud, frequent noises, including firearms, at work and home

Substantial noise exposures, with potentially serious long-term hearing health consequences, frequently occur in occupational and recreational settings, a new report explains.

'Instrument flight' to the inner ear

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.

Hearing aid outcomes in older adults

The first-ever placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized clinical trial of hearing aid outcomes shows that older adults benefit from hearing aid use.

Drug treatment could combat hearing loss

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.

Question about FM Systems and Hearing Technology for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

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

Scientists uncover how Zika virus causes microcephaly

A multidisciplinary team has uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development, outlines a new report.

Approach removes thyroid gland with no neck scar or need for special equipment

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.

Gene therapy restores hearing in deaf mice, down to a whisper

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

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.

Breathing molecule discovered: Vital to treating respiratory conditions

Respiratory conditions could be better targeted and treated, thanks to the discovery of the vital molecule which regulates breathing.

New gene-delivery therapy restores partial hearing, balance in deaf mice

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.

Computer-based cognitive training program may help patients with severe tinnitus

Researchers evaluated the effect of a cognitive training program on tinnitus, and report positive results.

Research team develops new diagnostic tool to identify tinnitus in animals

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.

Experts update best practices for diagnosis and treatment of earwax (cerumen impaction)

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.

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