Research

How hearing instruments can improve musical instruments

 
 
 

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BIHIMA spoke to Barbara Simon, Clinical Research Audiologist at Bernafon in Bern Switzerland, about their music programme and the results of a recent study they conducted with musicians.

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Is portable screening for hearing loss good enough to become the norm, replacing sound-treated booths?

 

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New research published by the American Journal of Audiology has found that a portable device used in non-sound booth environments was "comparable to clinical audiometry for the identification of hearing loss at most frequencies".

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Children treated with cancer drug cisplatin suffer permanent hearing loss - worse in younger kids

 

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A new study by Canadian researchers shows that the chemotherapy drug cisplatin causes permanent hearing loss, the hearing of very young children being impacted early during treatment and affected to a greater extent than that of older children.

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Study of earless worm's auditory capacity brings new tool into view for hearing research

 

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Fifteen years of careful study of the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans has led scientists at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute (LSI) to this nematode's fascinating hearing sense: it picks up tones through neurones in its skin.

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Sonova teams up with French biotech Sensorion for long-term study of hearing loss genetics

 
 

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The days when genetic analysis becomes routine in diagnosis of progressive hearing loss should come nearer faster thanks to a strategic team-up between Swiss hearing health giant Sonova and Montpellier-based clinical-stage biotech company, Sensorion.

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Study shows association between migraine, hearing loss, and tinnitus

 

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An independent association exists between migraine with subjective hearing loss and tinnitus. This was the conclusion of a recent California-based study that retrospectively investigated nearly 13,000 subjects of the 1999 to 2004 US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey database.

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Hearing researchers can get into gEAR and accelerate discoveries

 

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An online portal has been launched as a hub for accessible, well-organised and curated data to help researchers seeking to advance discoveries to reverse hearing loss. The resource - gEAR - is encouraging worldwide input to its current stash of over 800 datasets.

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Hypertension drug losartan may prevent tumour-induced hearing loss, say US researchers

 

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Findings published in the journal Science Translational Medicine suggest a common, low-cost high blood pressure medicine can have a preventive role in tackling acoustic neuroma-related hearing and balance problems.

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Rottweiler hearing loss findings may aid research into hereditary deafness in humans

 

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Researchers behind a canine deafness study focusing on the cuddly Rottweiler breed are hopeful of opening new routes for investigating human hereditary hearing defects.

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Vietnam veteran turns drinking straw into an innovative stent for aural atresia

 

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A resourceful retired Carolina serviceman who experienced hearing loss due to a collapsed ear canal has achieved Food and Drug Administration approval for his own personal use of a 3D-printed stent initially fashioned from a drinking straw. Further research and tests may see the stent become widely available as a medical device.

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