Infant deafness stymies non-verbal communication, even gestures such as pointing
Infant deafness stymies non-verbal communication, even gestures such as pointing

 

language therapy

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Early non-verbal communication skills involving gestural behaviour can be severely impacted by infant deafness, reveals new research by psychologists at the University of Sheffield, UK.

AI breakthrough brings objective tinnitus diagnosis within reach
AI breakthrough brings objective tinnitus diagnosis within reach

 

tinnitus

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An algorithm developed by researchers at the Bionics Institute in Melbourne, Australia may pave the way to providing a tool for clinicians to detect and objectively measure a patient’s tinnitus.

MED-EL gets right under the skin with TICI implant
MED-EL gets right under the skin with TICI implant

 

cochlear implants

© MED-EL Prof. Dr. Philippe Lefebvre, pioneering TICI surgeries.

Market approval may still be several years away for a totally implantable cochlear implant (CI), but the Austrian hearing tech firm MED-EL is currently performing its first surgeries in this direction with the project at the clinical feasibility study stage.

Brain sells - how Oticon articulates science and marketing
Brain sells - how Oticon articulates science and marketing

 

research

© Oticon A subject takes part in Oticon BrainHearing research.

Developing some kind of narrative around hearing technology is a must for all manufacturers, but the Demant group digs deep into the subsoil of science with the BrainHearing framework it has built around its Oticon brand devices.

Earwax - a better way of measuring systemic cortisol levels?
Earwax - a better way of measuring systemic cortisol levels?

 

depression

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The notoriously difficult task of sampling the stress hormone cortisol—in high levels a risk factor of depression—may be eased if sought in earwax, according to a study led by Dr Andres Herane-Vives of University College London's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Stress factors dominate UK study suggesting increased tinnitus from COVID symptoms and measures
Stress factors dominate UK study suggesting increased tinnitus from COVID symptoms and measures

 

tinnitus

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A new study of 3,103 tinnitus sufferers led by the UK's Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) revealed that as many as 40% of those displaying symptoms of COVID-19 claimed to have experienced a simultaneous worsening of their condition.

A window on loneliness
A window on loneliness

 

arts

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Making your way in the highly skilled and competitive field of film animation isn't helped by being deprived of your hearing, but a young filmmaker born and raised in Delhi has overcome this obstacle to win international awards for his first work.

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A smart device team-up for the hearing and visually impaired A smart device team-up for the hearing and visually impaired

 

vision

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The healthable scope of Starkey's Livio Edge AI hearing aids has been grown to break new ground in assistive technology solutions through a sensory synergy with the award-winning OrCam MyEye device, which provides visually impaired people with hands-free, audio-communicated access to visual information.

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Phonak rolls out 4th generation Lyric for an invisible appearance Phonak rolls out 4th generation Lyric for an invisible appearance

 

hearing aid

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What the eye doesn't see, the heart of certain stigma-conscious users who want their hearing aids invisible will not grieve but thrill over. Hence, Phonak persisting with an analogue (yes!) device—Lyric—first launched back in 2006. Lyric 4 is here.

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Active noise cancellation wired into GN launch and update of its Jabra earbuds Active noise cancellation wired into GN launch and update of its Jabra earbuds

 

headphone tech

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Jabra, the headset engineering brand of GN Group, has launched a new Elite 85t earbud set, plus an update for its Elite 75t series; an Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) chip is built into both ranges.

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