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Understanding parental speech to improve hearing aids

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Recent research on the characteristics of child-directed speech provides more evidence that mothers and fathers speak to their young children in a different way.

Research presented at the 169th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, held in Pittsburgh, PA (USA), offers new evidence that fathers speak to their children in a different way than mothers. Although both use child-directed speech known as “motherese”, the sing-song, high pitch tone used when talking to infants and children, there appear to be differences in the way each parent approaches communication.

Scientists from Washington State University’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences analyzed data from all-day recordings of the interactions between 11 children with a mean age of 30 months and their parents. They found that fundamental frequency was different when comparing findings for the two parents, as well as frequency variability and range.

The findings suggest that the two distinct forms of child-directed speech may complement one another for the child’s language development. “Dads spoke to their children more like they spoke to other adults rather than in a special way,” said lead author Mark Vandam. “We’ve hypothesized that children get to try out certain kinds of speech with mom and get to try out other kinds of speech with dad.”

The researchers hope that this initial study will lead to more research and provide a way to improve speech recognition algorithms used in hearing aids and cochlear implants for children with hearing impairments.

Source: Tech Times

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Adding crizotinib to radiation therapy may reduce hearing damage
Adding crizotinib to radiation therapy may reduce hearing damage

Therapy

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Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston recently published the results of a mouse model study showing a new therapeutic combination that may be of interest in patients with neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) and other patient groups.

A reminder of the commonly used drugs that are potentially ototoxic
A reminder of the commonly used drugs that are potentially ototoxic

Ototoxicity

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Pharmacy Times, a full-service pharmacy media resource, recently reported on the main drugs that can cause damage to hearing, and highlighted their mechanisms of action.

Awareness on children and hearing loss in Taiwan
Awareness on children and hearing loss in Taiwan

Awareness

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The Taipei Times recently ran an article on the warning signs that parents need to watch out for that may indicate potential hearing loss in their children.

Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellström 2018 scholarships revealed
Graeme Clark and  Anders Tjellström 2018 scholarships revealed

Scholarships

Cochlear has revealed the winners of the 16th annual Graeme Clark and the seventh annual Anders Tjellström scholarships.

GN Store Nord A/S: annual financial report
GN Store Nord A/S: annual financial report

Results

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GN Store Nord A/S recently published its annual financial report showing double-digit growth in revenue and earnings.

Phonak and Advanced Bionics announce MultiBeam Technology
Phonak and Advanced Bionics announce MultiBeam Technology

Speech recognition

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Phonak and Advanced Bionics announce today a breakthrough in new microphone technology, that will help people with hearing aids and cochlear implants hear better especially in noisy environments.

Evidence for efficacy of a wearable tinnitus patch
Evidence for efficacy of a wearable tinnitus patch

Tinnitus

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Researchers working in Sweden at the Sickla ENT-centre in Stockholm and the Citysjukhuset hospital in Gothenburg recently published the results of a double-blind, randomized study of a tinnitus patch called Antinitus carried out in 2016/2017.

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