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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.

Vision symptoms following concussion limit a child's ability to return to the classroom

Evaluation from a vision specialist should be included in return-to-learn concussion protocols, recommend experts in a new report.

Hidden hearing loss revealed by researchers

A new hearing test has been developed that can identify hearing loss or deficits in some individuals considered to have normal or near-normal hearing in traditional tests.

Awesome for Hearing Aid Users: Listen Live

How cool is this?! Why didn't my audiologists tell me about this?! I want hearing aids that will do this! Your own personal FM system. Anyone use this before? Is it only for hearing aids made for iPhones? Does it work with any hearing aid with Bluetooth capability? (e

Hearing deficits in schizophrenia tied to specific brain receptor

People with schizophrenia who have difficulty hearing subtle changes in pitch may be helped with auditory training exercises and a drug that targets NMDA receptors in the brain, report researchers.

Vestibular function declines starting at age 40

Vestibular thresholds begin to double every 10 years above the age of 40, representing a decline in our ability to receive sensory information about motion, balance and spatial orientation, new research has found.

Asking for Help in Class. Why is it So Scary? What Can We Do to Help?

Many of the Middle School and High School Deaf/HH students I work with often don't ask for help or ask questions in their classes. Some attend all general education classes while others attend a mixture of small group classes, classes...Show More Summary

Severe dizziness treated with steroid injections into the eardrum

Injections of steroid into the ear are an effective treatment for a common form of severe dizziness, suggests a new study.

Been Too Long. Sorry.

Sorry guys. I have neglected this blog for too long. I guess I needed the break or I just became incredibly busy and lazy. I am interested in writing again and getting back in interacting with readers and other bloggers. I am still an itinerant teacher of deaf and hard of hearing students. Just doing my thing. Stay Tuned, Elizabeth (e

Electronic records help link genes to age-related hearing loss

A study of patient electronic medical records and genome sequences from adults with age-related hearing impairment identified two genetic variations linked to the hearing disorder.

Gene found that raises risk of childhood ear infections

A gene region that raises the risk a child will have a middle ear infection, known to doctors as acute otitis media, has been discovered by researchers. The finding may offer an early clue to helping doctors develop more effective treatments to prevent one of the most common childhood illnesses.

Researchers shed light on repair mechanism for severe corneal injuries

In cases of severe ocular trauma involving the cornea, wound healing occurs following intervention, but at the cost of opaque scar tissue formation and damaged vision. Recent research has shown that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) — which...Show More Summary

Antibiotic gel squirted into the ear could provide a one dose cure for ear infections

A single-application bioengineered gel, squirted in the ear canal, could deliver a full course of antibiotic therapy for middle ear infections, making treatment of this common childhood illness much easier and potentially safer, a preclinical study finds.

Team discovers, successfully treats new variant of antibiotic-resistant bacterium

Researchers have discovered a new mutation in a highly antibiotic-resistant strain of E. coli that resists clearance by the body’s own immune system by inhibiting white blood cells that ordinarily kill and remove bacteria. In a new paper,...Show More Summary

Researchers find proliferating cells in normal, diseased corneal endothelium

For the first time, researchers have identified rapidly proliferating cells (known as “neural crest-derived progenitor cells”) in the corneal endothelium of specimens from normal corneas and from corneas with Fuchs’ Endothelial Corneal...Show More Summary

Evidence of 'hidden hearing loss' in college-age human subjects

Researchers have, for the first time, linked symptoms of difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments with evidence of cochlear synaptopathy, a condition known as 'hidden hearing loss,' in college-age human subjects with normal hearing sensitivity.

Awesome Self Advocacy Tool for Students: PowerPoint Presentation

One of the many things I enjoy about my job is collaborating with colleagues. I talked with a Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher about a high school student I work with. I wondered how I could get him to talk to his teachers about his hearing needs and how they can help him in the classroom. Show More Summary

Deaf High School Student Wants to Start ASL Club

A high school freshman student just transferred from another school system to one of the high schools where I serve dhh students as an itinerant or "traveling" deaf/hh teacher. She is profoundly deaf and uses sign language (mixture of English signs and ASL). Show More Summary

Role Models: Deaf and Hard of Hearing STEM Professionals

When discussing successful people who happen to be deaf and hard of hearing, most of my students are familiar with well known professionals in the entertainment business such as Marlee Matlin and Sean Berdy. This is great, but thereShow More Summary

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