Research

New drug combination to regenerate hair cells

Research

expansion of progenitor cells to hair cells
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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
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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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A new processor to reproduce natural binaural audition

CI

MED-EL and University of Salamanca Spain

The Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Salamanca and MED-EL are developing a technology that can restore or reproduce the binaural mechanisms of the human brain.

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William Demant appoints senior scientist Thomas Lunner as Fellow

Appointment

Thomas Lunner

For the first time ever William Demant appointed a Fellow by honoring senior scientist Thomas Lunner for his contributions to cognitive hearing sciences.

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New diagnostic tool to identify tinnitus in animals

Tinnitus

Tinnitus research Jinsheng Zhang
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A research team from Wayne State University, Michigan USA has developed a new system for assessing tinnitus in test animals, aimed at improving the results of research in this field, reports ScienceDaily.

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Iron deficiency anemia and hearing loss

IDA

Association of Iron Deficiency Anemia With Hearing Loss in US Adults
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A large-scale retrospective cohort study has found that iron deficiency anemia (IDA) was positively associated with sensorineural hearing loss and combined hearing loss.

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