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New center for hearing loss research in Newfoundland, Canada

Research

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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Sex for the hearing (im)paired is enhanced by eroticising your limitations
Sex for the hearing (im)paired is enhanced by eroticising your limitations

 

sex

Some engaging and certainly not premature advice on sex for persons with hearing loss is going viral among audiology tweeters after sex writer Anna Pulley addressed the ins and outs of the matter online in the Canadian-American magazine VICE.

Quito, the mapping of a noise inferno
Quito, the mapping of a noise inferno

 

noise

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Noise levels in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, have been mapped by students from the private Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA), revealing many areas with day and night levels way above limits recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Headline: Summer soccer solstice start for Sonova inclusive club
Headline: Summer soccer solstice start for Sonova inclusive club

 

awareness

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A new inclusive soccer club will be officially unveiled this June 21 by the Swiss hearing solutions provider Sonova, in league with deaf SV Pullach pro centre forward Simon Ollert, who plays his football wearing hearing aids.

Will listening in noise be solved by this "brain-reading" hearing aid?
Will listening in noise be solved by this

 

intelligibility

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The long-unsolved "cocktail party" problem of how to listen to a specific speaker in noisy surroundings may have a neuroengineered solution: a brain-controlled AI hearing aid developed in a Columbia University lab.

The blind bit of difference in the sharper hearing of the visually-impaired
The blind bit of difference in the sharper hearing of the visually-impaired

 

Brain

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The greater hearing acuity of blind people is a mystery that science is closer to understanding thanks to two newly published studies led by the University of Washington (UW).

Deaf Kenya rugby team dreams of try on world stage
Deaf Kenya rugby team dreams of try on world stage

 

sport

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Kenya's first deaf rugby team has its sights set on making an international impact, despite training without funding, with just the one ball for practices, and only mismatched pre-loved shirts to wear.

Lower hearing loss in chocolate eaters, but no sweet news for tinnitus sufferers
Lower hearing loss in chocolate eaters, but no sweet news for tinnitus sufferers

Prevention

© Gilles Vallée

A possible otoprotective effect from one of our favourite foodstuffs has been highlighted by the results of the first large cohort study of the effect of chocolate on hearing loss in middle-aged people.

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