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Are patients with psoriatic arthritis at risk for hearing loss?

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A first-ever multicentred study to evaluate hearing in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) suggests clinicians should be aware that patients with this skin condition may be at risk of developing hearing loss.

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Auditory nerve implant research wins $9.7m US health grant

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A sizeable research grant from the US National Institutes for Health (NIH) has set up the University of Minnesota to lead a global project into developing a different kind of implant to the cochlear variety, one that can restore normal hearing.

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Under-50s with hearing loss more likely to misuse alcohol and drugs, research finds

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A statistical analysis by US researchers has turned up a strikingly higher likelihood of alcohol and drug abuse in under-50-year-olds with hearing loss versus their normal hearing counterparts.

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Singing and playing music can aid speech perception in children with CIs, Finnish study suggests

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A Finnish research team has announced positive results from a recent investigation into the role of singing and instrument playing in speech perception in noise of children with cochlear implants.

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Dutch pharmaceutical firm reports safety test milestone in trial of hair cell regeneration drug

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Can a drug therapy ever be found that will reverse age-related sensorineural hearing loss? Dutch firm Audion Therapeutics is hailing positive safety and tolerability results in the early stages of developing such medication.

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

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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.

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Study highlights hearing aid limitations for orchestra musicians with hearing loss

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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.

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Call for Medicare to cover hearing as study reveals income factor in elderly access to audiology services

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A new Johns Hopkins University study has revealed that older adults do not access professional help with hearing aids, while poorer users are more likely than the affluent to struggle with their devices.

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Can common newborn hearing tests be used to screen for autism?

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US researchers have flagged up the links between hearing dysfunction and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), claiming that early audiological screening could also screen for autism.

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Study confirms "unacceptable frequency" of adverse events from MRI scans on patients with hearing implants

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Safety levels for hearing implant users undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are unacceptable and must be improved, concludes a recently published US study led by Matthew Shew, of the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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