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New center for hearing loss research in Newfoundland, Canada

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A new research and development center, called the Genomic-Based R&D Centre for Hearing Science, which focuses on genetic forms of hearing loss, has been opened in Grand Falls-Windsor, reports the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

The center is being funded by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Memorial University, St. John’s. This part of Canada was chosen specifically for this type of genetic hearing research because it has what is known by geneticists as a ‘founder population’ and because families here are traditionally large. This means that the research team can assess patterns of hearing loss within families and across multiple generations.

“This is a special day, because this is really about patient impact,” said Terry-Lynn Young, a Memorial University professor who has spent more than a decade carrying out research on specific genes that cause hearing loss in Newfoundland families. “What we’ve never been able to do is actually bring in the families who have hearing loss, and have an in-depth look at what type of loss they have, and perhaps how we can make things better for their hearing aids,” she added.

One of the aims is to work with computer modelling to develop algorithms and then incorporate the results into hearing devices to improve hearing aid performance for people with different types of hearing loss. McMaster University in Hamilton and Western University in London, Ontario will also provide support to the center.

Source: CBC News

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Amplifon signs deal to help low-income hearing disabled in Spanish region of Asturias
Amplifon signs deal to help low-income hearing disabled in Spanish region of Asturias

solidarity

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The hearing giant, Amplifon, has teamed up with a non-profit organisation in Asturias, Spain for a one-year deal to provide access to hearing aids and treatment for the region's poor hearing-disabled.

Implantation overtakes hearing aid fitting in pediatric populations in Spain
Implantation overtakes hearing aid fitting in pediatric populations in Spain

TRENDS

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For the first time, the sale of implants has overtaken that of hearing aids as the most-used technology for children in the treatment of hearing loss, as evidenced by the comparative data of two studies carried out in 2005 and 2018 by FIAPAS, (the Spanish confederation of families of deaf people).

Newly discovered Usher syndrome mutations may help confirm diagnoses of rare condition
Newly discovered Usher syndrome mutations may help confirm diagnoses of rare condition

deafblindness

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A Moscow-based study has discovered several new mutations behind the rare Usher syndrome variety of deafblindness. Researchers say the finding can be useful in confirming diagnosis of the condition.

Eric Timm appointed CEO of Sivantos, Inc.
Eric Timm appointed CEO of Sivantos, Inc.

Nomination

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Sivantos, Inc. announced on February 1 the appointment of Eric Timm to the role of chief executive officer.

3M to pay $9.1m to settle claims it sold defective earplugs
3M to pay $9.1m to settle claims it sold defective earplugs

Litigation

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The US multinational 3M has agreed to a $9.1m payment to end a dispute over allegations it knowingly sold defective combat ear plugs to the U.S. military.

Study highlights hearing aid limitations for orchestra musicians with hearing loss
Study highlights hearing aid limitations for orchestra musicians with hearing loss

music

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What do musicians with hearing loss most fear? A new study suggests their hearing aids have limitations when it comes to following the finer details of music and instructions from conductors.

Wireless earwear reaches fashion zenith - Louis Vuitton AirPods earphones anyone?
Wireless earwear reaches fashion zenith - Louis Vuitton AirPods earphones anyone?

style

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A challenge to the status effect of the Apple AirPod—which has been trumpeted as a makeshift hearing aid—is being launched by the Paris fashion house Louis Vuitton in the form of designer wireless earphones.

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