Research

New technology may prove useful in imaging the inner ear

Synchrotron light

Harvard researchers working in Canada have conducted a study finding that a specific type of light called synchrotron light could produce high-quality images enabling researchers to distinguish between damaged and healthy nerve fibers and sensory cells, reports the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

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New technology to help deaf-blind people to watch television

Accessibility

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In an age where the importance of accessibility is increasingly recognized, an innovative technology is now turning television signals into a form that deaf-blind people can understand, reports the news source Science News for Students.

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Hearing loss as a sign of type 2 diabetes

Prevention

Blood sugar and hearing loss related
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It appears that the mechanism involved could be diabetes-related damage to the blood vessels and nerves in the inner ear. This damage may cause a degree of hearing loss, providing an early sign of abnormal glucose metabolism, alongside unexplained weight loss and fatigue.

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Relieving tinnitus with mindfulness therapy

MBCT

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The University of Bath, UK recently reported on a study using a mindfulness-based approach to relieve tinnitus.

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Approaches to tinnitus management

Tinnitus

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A group of researchers from Queen’s University and Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, Ontario (Canada) recently published a review article in the journal Canadian Family Physician on practical approaches to managing patients with tinnitus.

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Association between biovariability and hearing loss

Study

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SIAM News, the news journal of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, recently reported on how biovariability among individuals can result in a wide range of injury probabilities on exposure to harmful noise.

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Association between tinnitus and a history of migraines

Tinnitus

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A group of researchers from Taiwan recently published an article on their findings concerning a potential link between the risk of cochlear disorders, especially tinnitus, and a history of migraines.

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Association between portable music player use and risk of hearing loss

Noise

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Reuters Health recently reported on the results of a study carried out in the Netherlands that showed that children who listen to music through headphones may have a greater risk of noise-related hearing loss.

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Experiencing light as sound

OCS

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Scientists at Germany’s University Medical Center Göttingen have developed a technique that involves using flashes of light to restore hearing.

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New drug shown to halve hearing loss in children following cancer treatment

Research

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Use of the drug sodium thiosulfate after chemotherapy reduces hearing loss in children treated for liver cancer, according to the results of a study published in late June in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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