Research

White noise after loud noise exposure to prevent hearing deficits

Study

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Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania (USA) have shown in a mouse model that mild hearing loss as a result of brief noise exposure leads to pronounced reorganization of local excitatory and inhibitory circuits in the inferior colliculus.

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Massachusetts Eye and Ear given a record grant to research hearing loss

Donation

The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary recently received a significant boost to expand its research into hearing loss: a USD 20 million gift from an anonymous donor.

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Hormone replacement therapy and hearing loss

HRT

hearing loss and menopause
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A new study recently published in the journal Menopause reports evidence that older age at menopause and longer duration of postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are associated with a higher risk of hearing loss.

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Handheld device to treat otitis media with effusion

Innovation

CLiKX NUS Engineering
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Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) recently developed a novel handheld device, known as CLiKX, for the treatment of otitis media with effusion (OME), commonly also called “glue ear”, reports ScienceDaily.

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Moderate alcohol consumption and hearing threshold shifts: gender differences

Study

Glass of red wine
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A team of researchers from several hospitals and scientific institutes in Taiwan has examined available data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for the US adult population to clarify this topic.

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Study on direct-to-consumer hearing devices for adults

Review

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Researchers from India, Sweden and the United States recently carried out a systematic literature review to investigate applications of direct-to-consumer hearing devices for adults with hearing loss, and came to some interesting conclusions.

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Training in hearing loss with familiar voices

Project

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According to MedicalXpress, researchers at Washington University have developed training software to allow patients with hearing loss to practice listening to the voices they most want to hear.

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Bilateral tinnitus can be hereditary

TINNET

Tinnitus on twins study
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Christopher Cederroth presented at the TINNET mini conference meeting in Spain at the end of March. He spoke about his Bilateral tinnitus work that has just been published in the journal Genetics in Medicine.

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New data on perceptual phenomenon in auditory judgment

Report

Singapore noise
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Researchers from France, the UK, and the US recently reported results of a study showing that prior context in audition has a considerable effect on basic auditory judgement.

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Trojan horse gene delivery to repair congenital hearing loss

Report

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Significant progress is being made in the area of the genetics underlying hearing loss. Researchers from MedUni Vienna’s Department of Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases have now succeeded in repairing a genetic defect in an animal model.

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