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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.
Wayne State University researchers develop behavioral tool to identify tinnitus in rats

Wayne State University researchers develop behavioral tool to identify tinnitus in rats

A team of researchers from Wayne State University has developed a behavioral tool that may significantly aid in understanding the underlying mechanisms of tinnitus, ultimately leading to new drugs and treatment methods. [More]
Eosera introduces new solution for earwax impaction

Eosera introduces new solution for earwax impaction

EOSERA™, Inc. , a Dallas-based biotechnology innovator founded by two veterans of the pharmaceutical industry, today announced the introduction of Earwax MD—the ideal solution for those who dread the time, worry, and expense of a doctor’s visit to clear their ears of burdensome earwax impaction. [More]
Penn State researchers develop novel compound to combat cytomegalovirus

Penn State researchers develop novel compound to combat cytomegalovirus

A Retro94-based compound may prevent a common and sometimes fatal virus -- human cytomegalovirus (CMV) -- from reproducing and help to protect immunocompromised patients, such as those with HIV, on chemotherapy, with transplants, and infants from the effects of the disease, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. [More]
March of Dimes provides New Year's resolution for moms-to-be to help have healthy baby

March of Dimes provides New Year's resolution for moms-to-be to help have healthy baby

If you're a woman who's pregnant or planning a baby this season, make a New Year's resolution to be as healthy as you can, says the March of Dimes Foundation. The first step is to start taking a daily multivitamin containing the B vitamin folic acid, even if you're not trying to get pregnant. [More]
Scientists examine association between hearing loss and iron deficiency anemia

Scientists examine association between hearing loss and iron deficiency anemia

In a study published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Kathleen M. Schieffer, B.S., of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa., and colleagues examined the association between sensorineural hearing loss and conductive hearing loss and iron deficiency anemia in adults ages 21 to 90 years in the United States. [More]
UConn researchers develop new test to identify 'hidden' hearing deficits

UConn researchers develop new test to identify 'hidden' hearing deficits

Two researchers at UConn School of Medicine have developed a new hearing test that can identify hearing loss or deficits in some individuals considered to have normal or near-normal hearing in traditional tests. [More]
Simple listening tactic could benefit cochlear implant users in noisy social settings

Simple listening tactic could benefit cochlear implant users in noisy social settings

Listeners in a noisy situation benefit from facing slightly away from the person they are listening to, turning one ear towards the speech, concludes a study by Cardiff University, funded by UK charity Action on Hearing Loss (RNID). [More]
Genetic mutation may increase susceptibility to cytomegalovirus infection

Genetic mutation may increase susceptibility to cytomegalovirus infection

Experimenting with human cells and mice, Johns Hopkins researchers have found that a genetic mutation that alters a protein called NOD1 may increase susceptibility to human cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. [More]
Newborns with CMV may have increased risk of developing acute lymphocytic leukemia

Newborns with CMV may have increased risk of developing acute lymphocytic leukemia

Newborns with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) -- a common virus in the herpes family -- may have an increased risk of developing acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), according to new research published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology. The study suggests the risk is even greater in Hispanic children. [More]
Technological advancements in hearing implants

Technological advancements in hearing implants

Hearing aids capture sound, make the sound louder and then send the sound down the ear canal, through the middle ear to the inner ear where the hearing nerves are located. They are most beneficial for people with mild to moderate hearing loss... [More]
FDA announces important steps to improve consumer access to hearing aids

FDA announces important steps to improve consumer access to hearing aids

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced important steps to better support consumer access to hearing aids. [More]
New treatment prevents chemotherapy-induced hearing loss in children with cancer

New treatment prevents chemotherapy-induced hearing loss in children with cancer

Investigators from Children's Hospital Los Angeles and 37 other Children's Oncology Group hospitals in the U.S. and Canada have determined that sodium thiosulfate prevents cisplatin-induced hearing loss in children and adolescents with cancer. [More]
Adding higher frequencies to standard protocol improves detection of hearing loss in adolescents

Adding higher frequencies to standard protocol improves detection of hearing loss in adolescents

Adding higher frequencies to the American Academy of Pediatrics hearing test protocol helps detect adolescent hearing loss, according to a team of pediatricians and audiologists. [More]
Congenital CMV infection highly common among children with cerebral palsy, study finds

Congenital CMV infection highly common among children with cerebral palsy, study finds

Cytomegalovirus is a common herpesvirus that can cross the placenta, infect the fetus and cause damage to the developing brain. [More]
Stem-cell-derived gap junction cells could be important therapeutic target for treatment of hereditary deafness

Stem-cell-derived gap junction cells could be important therapeutic target for treatment of hereditary deafness

A collaboration, including researchers from Juntendo University, demonstrate differentiation from stem cells into specialised cells thought to be the most important therapeutic target for the treatment of hereditary deafness. [More]
Cochlear highlights success of innovative cloud-based data transfer system for implant clinics

Cochlear highlights success of innovative cloud-based data transfer system for implant clinics

Cochlear Limited, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, is proud to highlight the success of Cochlear Link, an innovative customer service offering that makes it easier for cochlear implant clinics to serve their patients while reducing costs. [More]
Study provides novel insights into genetic factors linked to age-related hearing disorders

Study provides novel insights into genetic factors linked to age-related hearing disorders

A study of patient electronic medical records and genome sequences from adults with age-related hearing impairment by researchers at UC San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente Northern California, identified two genetic variations linked to the hearing disorder. [More]

Research may lead to more sensitive MEMS microphones for hearing aids

Scientists at Binghamton University, State University of New York want to improve sensor technology critical to billions of devices made every year. [More]
Japanese researchers discover causative gene for common type of hearing loss

Japanese researchers discover causative gene for common type of hearing loss

A causative gene for a highly common type of hearing loss (sensorineural hearing loss, or SNHL) has been identified by a group of Japanese researchers, who successfully replicated the condition using a transgenic mouse. [More]
Difficulty to understand speech in noisy environments linked to hidden hearing loss in young adults

Difficulty to understand speech in noisy environments linked to hidden hearing loss in young adults

Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear 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. [More]
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