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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.

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.

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