Research

The effects of hearing loss on relationships

Study

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Hearing loss has been shown to be associated with a wide range of other health problems, including depression, concentration difficulties, memory issues, and even dementia. New evidence now adds interpersonal communication breakdown to the list.

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Specific protein mutations affecting the cochlea may contribute to early hearing loss

SNHL

Hearing loss
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A recent study carried out by researchers working at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (USA) showed that a master-switch protein, epithelial splicing regulatory protein 1 (ESRP1), may be associated with non-syndromic sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL).

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Designing “sense-sensitive” environments for seniors

Study

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Decreasing abilities involving sight and hearing are commonly recognized as part of aging, but touch, smell and taste may also become less acute.

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Specific protein may be the key to gene therapy for deafness

Discovery

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Scientists at Oregon State University (OSU; Corvallis, OR, USA) believe they have made an important discovery in relation to gene therapy for deaf patients by developing a better way to test a specific protein that is essential for hearing.

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A puzzle video game to improve hearing

Study

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Innovative research carried out at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts (USA) has shown that a new video game may help older people with hearing loss improve their ability to follow speech in noisy environments.

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Robots to help children learn a language

Prototype

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Researchers from Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. (USA), led by Laura Ann Petitto, researcher and educational neuroscientist, are developing a robot called the Robot Avatar Thermal-Enhanced prototype (RAVE) to help children develop language skills.

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Hearing aid microphones could soon benefit from spider silk

Nature

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Researchers at Binghamton University, New York, have found that spider silk improves the quality of microphones for hearing aids and other technologies.

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Phonak convenes first Expert Research Circle

Phonak Expert Research Circle
First gathering of experts, from left to right: Stefan Launer, Brent Edwards, Bradley Stephenson, Andrea Pittman, Lori Rakita, Graham Naylor, Jani Johnson, Michael Boretzki, Susan Scollie, Ora Buerkli, Yu-Hsiang Wu, Erin Picou, Christine Jones

Meeting

Key international experts in hearing aid research and Phonak audiologists and researchers participated in first expert circle meeting in the USA.

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Study in mice: over 50 new hearing genes found

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Genetics

An international group of researchers has found 52 novel candidate genes for hearing loss in the mouse model. These findings show that there is an even greater number of genes involved than was previously suspected.

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Prevalence of otitis media infections among indigenous Australians

Report

A recent report as part of an Australian parliamentary inquiry into hearing health has revealed that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are at critical risk from otitis media infections.

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