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Hearing loss, impairment or deafness may be of two major types: one that develops some time in life, one that a baby is born with – or congenital deafness. Most commonly, hearing loss is seen with age or is caused by exposure to loud noises.

Deafness Support Network welcomes planned reforms to GP surgeries

The Northwest’s leading deafness charity Deafness Support Network, has welcomed David Cameron’s recent announcement of planned reforms to GP surgeries, suggesting it could change the lives of more than ten million people in the UK who are deaf or hard of hearing. [More]
Study sheds light on factors that lead to development of rare condition affecting inner ear

Study sheds light on factors that lead to development of rare condition affecting inner ear

A new study has shed light on the factors likely to lead to the development of a rare condition affecting the inner ear. [More]

Rare case of tuberculous otitis media described

South Korean researchers have reported a rare case of tuberculous otitis media and say that ear tuberculosis should be considered in patients presenting with otitis media complicated by facial paralysis. [More]

Aston University tackles 'glue ear' problem with hearing test app

Aston University is tackling the problem of 'glue ear' in children with a hearing test app for any concerned families. [More]
Thomson Reuters, Children's Tumor Foundation partner to create neurofibromatosis pathway maps

Thomson Reuters, Children's Tumor Foundation partner to create neurofibromatosis pathway maps

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced an expansion of its partnership with the Children's Tumor Foundation to create unique neurofibromatosis (NF) pathway maps aimed at significantly increasing the understanding of the disease and its underlying mechanisms. [More]

Accele Venture Partners co-led $4.1M Series A private equity financing of Otologic Pharmaceutics

Accele Venture Partners, the investing arm of life sciences accelerator Accele Biopharma, Inc., announced today that it has co-led a $4.1 million Series A private equity financing of Otologic Pharmaceutics, Inc. (OPI), a development-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing novel pharmacological solutions and approaches to treat hearing disorders. [More]

Hearing loss linked to personality changes in older adults

The researchers studied 400 individuals 80-98 years old over a six-year period. Every two years, the subjects were assessed in terms of physical and mental measures as well as personality aspects such as extraversion, which reflects the inclination to be outgoing, and emotional stability. [More]
GenVec's revenues decrease 61% to $3.7M in fourth quarter 2013

GenVec's revenues decrease 61% to $3.7M in fourth quarter 2013

GenVec, Inc. today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013. For the year ended December 31, 2013, the company reported a net loss of $10.0 million, or $0.77 per share, compared with a net loss of $14.1 million, or $1.09 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2012. [More]
Johns Hopkins researchers identify protein that regulates the body's immune response to CMV

Johns Hopkins researchers identify protein that regulates the body's immune response to CMV

Infectious disease specialists at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center have identified a protein that regulates the body's immune response to cytomegalovirus (CMV), a common pathogen that causes lifelong infections and can lead to devastating illness in newborns and those with weakened immune systems. [More]
Insmed reports results from ARIKAYCE phase 2 trial for treatment resistant NTM lung infections

Insmed reports results from ARIKAYCE phase 2 trial for treatment resistant NTM lung infections

Insmed Incorporated today reported results from the Company's phase 2 clinical trial of ARIKAYCETM, or liposomal amikacin for inhalation, for the treatment of patients with treatment resistant nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung infections. [More]
Researchers receive grants to advance work in prevention of premature birth

Researchers receive grants to advance work in prevention of premature birth

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center received grants totaling $600,000 from the March of Dimes Foundation to advance their work in the prevention of premature birth, which affects about one out of nine babies born annually in the U.S. and is the leading cause of newborn death. [More]

UTSW awarded March of Dimes grants to advance work in prevention of premature birth

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center received grants totaling $600,000 from the March of Dimes Foundation to advance their work in the prevention of premature birth, which affects about one out of nine babies born annually in the U.S. and is the leading cause of newborn death. [More]
Longer looks: The politics of face and hand transplants; Apple's Healthbook; connecting income to life expectancy

Longer looks: The politics of face and hand transplants; Apple's Healthbook; connecting income to life expectancy

Fairfax County, Va., and McDowell County, W.Va., are separated by 350 miles, about a half-day's drive. Traveling west from Fairfax County, the gated communities and bland architecture of military contractors give way to exurbs, then to farmland and eventually to McDowell's coal mines and the forested slopes of the Appalachians. Perhaps the greatest distance between the two counties is this: Fairfax is a place of the haves, and McDowell of the have-nots. ... One of the starkest consequences of that divide is seen in the life expectancies of the people there. Residents of Fairfax County are among the longest-lived in the country: Men have an average life expectancy of 82 years and women, 85, about the same as in Sweden. In McDowell, the averages are 64 and 73, about the same as in Iraq (Annie Lowrey, 3/15). [More]
School hearing tests cannot effectively detect adolescent high-frequency hearing loss

School hearing tests cannot effectively detect adolescent high-frequency hearing loss

School hearing tests cannot effectively detect adolescent high-frequency hearing loss, which is typically caused by loud noise exposure, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine. [More]
BU wins $2.75M grant from NIDCD to test and refine prototype Visually Guided Hearing Aid

BU wins $2.75M grant from NIDCD to test and refine prototype Visually Guided Hearing Aid

Boston University (BU) College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College was recently awarded a five-year, $2.75M grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to test and refine a prototype Visually Guided Hearing Aid (VGHA). [More]
Surgeons perform first auditory brainstem implant operation in Northeast Ohio

Surgeons perform first auditory brainstem implant operation in Northeast Ohio

Surgeons at University Hospitals Case Medical Center have completed the first auditory brainstem implant (ABI) operation in Northeast Ohio on a woman who has lost most of her hearing due to benign tumors on her auditory nerves. [More]

Researchers receive $3 million grant from NIH to study effects of asymmetric hearing loss

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of asymmetric hearing loss in adults and children. [More]

Researchers explore how genetics affects causes and prevalence of preterm birth

​More than 450,000 babies are born too soon each year in the U.S. Preterm birth is a serious health problem that costs the nation more than $26 billion annually, according to the Institute of Medicine, and is the leading cause of newborn death. [More]

Researchers seek to understand causes of premature birth with support from March of Dimes

Five researchers seeking to understand the causes of premature birth with the goal of identifying women at risk of preterm labor and developing new treatments to prevent it have been awarded grant support from the March of Dimes. [More]
National clinical trial to test new avenue for tinnitus treatment

National clinical trial to test new avenue for tinnitus treatment

UT Southwestern Medical Center will take part in a national clinical trial to test a device that could provide relief for people suffering from tinnitus, a persistent buzzing or ringing sound in the ears. The device uses nervous system stimuli to rewire parts of the brain, in hopes of significantly reducing or removing tinnitus. [More]