Research

Virtual reality experience to immerse the user in silence

VR

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Australia’s Shepherd Centre, a charity providing a family-centered early intervention program to teach children born deaf or with hearing loss how to develop spoken language, has developed the experience to help people appreciate this condition.

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Risk of readmission to hospital higher for elderly with hearing loss

Seniors

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Researchers have found that patients with difficulty communicating with medical personnel had a 32% increased likelihood of being readmitted to hospital within 30 days.

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Predicting how cochlear implant recipients will hear speech

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Researchers from the University of Sydney, Australia and Cochlear Limited have teamed up to carry out a study that could lead to more accurate predictions of how people receiving cochlear implants will understand speech.

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Researchers awarded a grant from the NIDCD

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Tulane University press center recently announced that a researcher at the institution has been awarded a USD 1.8 million grant to study how auditory signals are processed in the context of normal hearing and how they are altered in hearing loss.

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The effects of unilateral hearing loss on spatial hearing

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Researchers at Oxford University’s Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics recently published a review article and pointed out that unilateral hearing loss in infancy can disrupt spatial hearing, even after binaural inputs are restored, among other conclusions.

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New technology may prove useful in imaging the inner ear

Synchrotron light

Harvard researchers working in Canada have conducted a study finding that a specific type of light called synchrotron light could produce high-quality images enabling researchers to distinguish between damaged and healthy nerve fibers and sensory cells, reports the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

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New technology to help deaf-blind people to watch television

Accessibility

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In an age where the importance of accessibility is increasingly recognized, an innovative technology is now turning television signals into a form that deaf-blind people can understand, reports the news source Science News for Students.

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Hearing loss as a sign of type 2 diabetes

Prevention

Blood sugar and hearing loss related
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It appears that the mechanism involved could be diabetes-related damage to the blood vessels and nerves in the inner ear. This damage may cause a degree of hearing loss, providing an early sign of abnormal glucose metabolism, alongside unexplained weight loss and fatigue.

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Relieving tinnitus with mindfulness therapy

MBCT

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The University of Bath, UK recently reported on a study using a mindfulness-based approach to relieve tinnitus.

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Approaches to tinnitus management

Tinnitus

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A group of researchers from Queen’s University and Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, Ontario (Canada) recently published a review article in the journal Canadian Family Physician on practical approaches to managing patients with tinnitus.

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