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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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The link between hearing loss and the 4D tetrad
The link between hearing loss and the 4D tetrad

Study

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In early January, important research findings from a French team looking at the association between hearing loss and the 4D tetrad (depression, dementia, dependence and death) were published in The Journals of Gerontology.

Battery brands, Rayovac and Varta, sold to Energizer
Battery brands, Rayovac and Varta, sold to Energizer

Acquisition

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Spectrum Brands has agreed to sell its global battery and lightning business to Energizer Holdings for $2 billion, just two weeks after announcing it was looking for a buyer.

Oticon brings Opn™ with telecoil, power options and Tinnitus SoundSupport™ to VA
Oticon brings Opn™ with telecoil, power options  and Tinnitus SoundSupport™ to VA

Suppliers

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The Oticon Government Services team will supply two new Oticon Opn™ solutions, Opn miniRITE-T and BTE Plus Power, and two new features, Tinnitus SoundSupport™ and Speech Rescue LX, to support the expert care provided by VA and government audiologists.

Auris Medical: update on the AM-111 clinical development program
Auris Medical: update on the AM-111 clinical development program

Therapeutics

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Switzerland’s Auris Medical Holding AG, a clinical-stage company working on developing therapeutics in otolaryngology, announced further results from the HEALOS Phase 3 trial in early January.

Gene editing protects from deafness in mice
Gene editing protects from deafness in mice

Genetic deafness

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An international team of researchers recently studied how in vivo delivery of specific RNA complexes can improve hearing loss in a mouse model of human genetic deafness.

China’s most sold Bluetooth headset brand QCY joins award winning Clementine Wear platform
China’s most sold Bluetooth headset brand QCY joins award winning Clementine Wear platform

Partnership

Samplified Audio announced at CES 2018 that QCY, China’s most sold Bluetooth headset brand for 5 consecutive years, joins the award-winning Clementine Wear platform.

Ida Institute calls for applications for 2018 Ida Research Grants
Ida Institute calls for applications for 2018 Ida Research Grants

Applications

The Ida Institute Research Committee is now accepting proposals for research projects that investigate outcomes of the use of Ida tools.

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