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Study puts different tone on hidden hearing loss theory

A recent study does not support the belief that 'hidden hearing loss' is likely to affect young adults who use headphones and attend concerts.

Study raises expectations for improved language skills in the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Universal screening of newborns for hearing loss before they leave the hospital is not enough to improve language skills of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. At least 40 percent of children with a hearing loss have the capacity for higher language levels -- beyond what test scores indicate.

Usher syndrome: Gene therapy restores hearing and balance

Scientists have recently restored hearing and balance in a mouse model of Usher syndrome type 1G characterized by profound congenital deafness and vestibular disorders caused by severe dysmorphogenesis of the mechanoelectrical transduction apparatus of the inner ear's sensory cells. Show More Summary

Scientists discover brain area which can be targeted for treatment in patients with schizophrenia who 'hear voices'

For the first time, scientists have precisely identified and targeted an area of the brain which is involved in 'hearing voices,' experienced by many patients with schizophrenia. They have been able to show in a controlled trial that targeting this area with magnetic pulses can improve the condition in some patients.

Ringing in ears keeps brain more at attention, less at rest, study finds

Tinnitus, a chronic ringing or buzzing in the ears, has eluded medical treatment and scientific understanding. A new study found that chronic tinnitus is associated with changes in certain networks in the brain, and furthermore, those changes cause the brain to stay more at attention and less at rest. Show More Summary

Age-related hearing loss, communication breakdown in the clinical setting

It was not uncommon for older adults to report mishearing a physician or nurse in a primary care or hospital setting, according to a study.

Serotonin may worsen tinnitus

Millions of people suffer from the constant sensation of ringing or buzzing in the ears known as tinnitus, creating constant irritation for some and severe anxiety for others. Research shows why a common antidepressant medication may worsen the condition.

What happens when people hear voices that others don't

People who hear voices -- both with and without a diagnosed psychotic illness -- are more sensitive than other subjects to a 125-year-old experiment designed to induce hallucinations. And the subjects' ability to learn that these hallucinations were not real may help pinpoint those in need of psychiatric treatment, suggests a new study.

Cognitive hearing aid filters out the noise

Brain activity to determine whether a subject is conversing with a specific speaker would be very useful for the hearing impaired. Using deep neural network models, researchers have made a breakthrough in auditory attention decoding methods and are coming closer to making cognitively controlled hearing aids a reality.

Neurobiology: Use it or lose it

A new study reveals that sound-evoked activity of neurons in the auditory system of the mouse increases the thickness of their myelin sheaths -- and enhances the speed of signal transmission -- both during development and in the adult brain.

Don't Punish or Ignore Those Advocating For Their Hearing Needs in Class

I was not there. I can't tell you what happened exactly. But, this is what the student told me:  A high school student's teacher talked to the class for a bit while playing a recording of someone else talking with music in the background. Show More Summary

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

Hearing Aid and iPhone Users: Listen Live - Does it Work?

How cool is this?! Why didn't my audiologists tell me about this?! I want hearing aids that will do this! This feature apparently turns your iPhone into 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

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

Many 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 with two teachers, and general education classes. Show More Summary

Students. The Things They Say and Do!

My students never fail to crack me up, challenge me, and break my heart.Here are some examples:Young student will whip out his invisible phone from time to time pretending to talk to someone. When he does this while working, I sign to him to hang up and that he needs to work. Show More Summary

No significant change seen in hearing loss among US teens

Although there was an increase in the percentage of US youth ages 12 to 19 reporting exposure to loud music through headphones from 1988-2010, researchers did not find significant changes in the prevalence of hearing loss among this group, according to a study.

Large-scale, collaborative effort could help ease global hearing loss

A team of hearing experts is calling for a comprehensive, worldwide initiative to combat hearing loss.

Key mechanism behind some deafness identified

Although the basic outlines of human hearing have been known for years -- sensory cells in the inner ear turn sound waves into the electrical signals that the brain understands as sound -- the molecular details have remained elusive. New research has identified a crucial protein in this translation process.

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