Research

Virtual reality application to experience the world through aging bodies

App

We Are Alfred
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The new app, developed at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK USA, is one of several virtual reality experiences available at the university.

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Cognitive system that hears more objectively than humans

Sound perception

Fraunhofer's robot
One of the robots used by Fraunhofer © Fraunhofer

At the Hannover Messe 2017, one of the world’s leading industrial shows, Fraunhofer will present a cognitive system that detects erroneous sounds more objectively than the human ear.

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Animal study: gene therapy to treat hereditary hearing loss

Usher syndrome

Research with mice

Researchers in the United States have been able to restore hearing in genetically modified mice mimicking Usher Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes deafness, dizziness, and blindness.

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Broadband or nature sound treatment for tinnitus

Study

centre for Brain Research Auckland

Scientists in New Zealand recently carried out a mixed-method trial of broadband noise (BBN) and nature sounds in tinnitus therapy, and somewhat surprisingly found better outcomes for broadband noise.

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New drug combination to regenerate hair cells

Research

expansion of progenitor cells to hair cells
© DR Michel Leibovici/Institut Pasteur

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Massachusetts Eye and Ear (Boston, MA, USA) have discovered a combination of drugs that expands the population of progenitor cells in the ear and induces them to become hair cells, reports Science Daily.

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Rate of hearing loss in US could increase significantly according to new research

Survey

Hearing loss in US adults in 2060
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Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (US) have projected that among US adults aged 20 years and older, the number of people with hearing loss is expected to increase from 44 million in 2020 to 73.5 million by 2060.

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Study provides new insights into the McGurk effect

Speech Perception

Visual speech
© Julia Freeman-Woolpert - Sxc.hu

In new research, published in PLOS Computational Biology, researchers have created an algorithm to reveal a key insight into why the brain can sometimes muddle up visual speech (mouth movements) with auditory speech (sounds).

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“Users can tolerate more noise without losing speech intelligibility”

INTERVIEW

Enrique López-Poveda, USAL

Audio Infos Spain met Enrique López-Poveda, Director of the Degree in specialisation in audiology USAL and head of research team in charge of developing the technology to reproduce natural binaural audition.

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MED-EL: “The initial results of our tests make us very optimistic"

INTERVIEW

Julio Rodrigo, MED-EL Spain and Portugal

Audio Infos Spain interviewed Julio Rodrigo, General Manager of MED-EL Spain and Portugal, regarding their patent of a new processor to improve intelligibility in noisy environments.

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Gene-delivery therapy to restore hearing

Animal Study

The Harvard Gazette’s Health & Medicine column recently reported on the use of a specific virus, the adeno-associated virus (AAV), as a gene carrier into the inner ear.

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