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Sound localization: Where did that noise come from?

Humans can estimate distances to sound sources better when they move and exploit auditory motion parallax.

New drugs could help prevent hearing loss

Researchers have discovered that inhibiting an enzyme called cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (CDK2) protects mice and rats from noise- or drug-induced hearing loss. The study suggests that CDK2 inhibitors prevent the death of inner ear cells, which has the potential to save the hearing of millions of people around the world.

Sea swimming increases ailments

People who swim, bathe or take part in water sports in the sea are substantially more likely to experience stomach bugs, ear aches and other types of illness than those who do not.

Comprehensive evaluation of patients with concussion-like symptoms following reports of audible phenomena in Cuba

A comprehensive evaluation by clinical researchers has identified a neurological syndrome that left US government personnel serving in Havana, Cuba with persistent memory and thinking dysfunction, as well as vision and balance problems after hearing unusual noises in their homes or hotel rooms.

Surprising discovery links sour taste to the inner ear's ability to sense balance

Scientists have discovered an entirely new class of ion channels. These channels let protons (H+ ions) into cells, are important in the inner ear for balance, and are present in the taste cells that respond to sour flavors.

When the eyes move, the eardrums move, too

Simply moving the eyes triggers the eardrums to move too, even in the absence of sound, says a new study by neuroscientists. The findings, which were replicated in both humans and rhesus monkeys, provide new insight into how the brain coordinates what we see and what we hear. Show More Summary

Deaf children with cochlear implant learn words faster than hearing children

Each year many deaf children get a cochlear implant to connect to the world of sounds. So far, it was not clear which processes take place in these children when they start to learn language - and why they differ in the level of language they achieve. Now, researchers have found that deaf children with a cochlear implant learn words even faster than those with normal hearing.

Brain imaging predicts language learning in deaf children

MRI brain scans can predict language improvement after a cochlear implant, laying the foundation for creation of brain specific therapy, according to new research.

First discover the disorder and then find the patients

Biochemists have confirmed the cause of initially unclear symptoms of patients in Israel. Their studies reveal that the patients suffer from a disorder called 'MPS III-E'. It was discovered by the researchers in 2012. However, until now there were no known patients.

In scientific first, IU researchers grow hairy skin in a dish

Researchers have successfully developed a method to grow hairy skin from mouse pluripotent stem cells -- a discovery that could lead to new approaches to model disease and new therapies for the treatment of skin disorders and cancer...

Electrical stimulation in brain bypasses senses, instructs movement

The brain's complex network of neurons enables us to interpret and effortlessly navigate and interact with the world around us. But when these links are damaged due to injury or stroke, critical tasks like perception and movement can be disrupted. Show More Summary

3-D-printed prosthetic implants could improve treatment for hearing loss

Researchers using CT scans and 3-D printing have created accurate, custom-designed prosthetic replacements for damaged parts of the middle ear, according to a new study. The technique has the potential to improve a surgical procedure that often fails because of incorrectly sized prosthetic implants, researchers said.

Brain is strobing not constant, neuroscience research shows

It's not just our eyes that play tricks on us, but our ears too. That's the finding of a landmark collaboration that provides new evidence that oscillations, or 'strobes', are a general feature of human perception. While our conscious experience appears to be continuous, the study suggests that perception and attention are intrinsically rhythmic in nature.

Navigating the genome to cure deafness

A new study solves a critical piece of the puzzle of human deafness by identifying the first group of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in the auditory system.

Spider silk could be used to power microphones in hearing aids, cell phones

Would you want a spider web inside your ear? Probably not. But if you're able to put aside the creepy factor, new research shows that fine fibers like spider silk actually improve the quality of microphones for hearing aids.

Stopping children getting unnecessary antibiotics for colds, sore throats

New research has helped to reduce the over-prescription of unneeded antibiotics to children in rural China, according to research.

Preventing a form of hereditary hearing loss

A research advance may stop the progression of hearing loss and lead to significant preservation of hearing in people with Usher syndrome type III, a form of hereditary hearing loss linked to defects in the sensory "hair" cells in the inner ear. USH3 is caused by a mutation in the clarin-1 gene.

Psychologists give new insight into the nature of psychosis

Psychologists challenged common wisdom about the nature of mental illness.

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.

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