Research

Aldosterone hormone fix for age-related hearing loss nears marketplace

 

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If the mice are right, there is a drug fix for age-related hearing loss just around the next bureaucratic corner: the hormone aldosterone, combined with anti-inflammatory medicine, can rejuvenate hearing, says the team behind the development.

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US burden of eustachian tube dysfunction higher than estimated, says study

 

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The number of US citizens with eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), barring those with recent colds, was previously estimated at under 1%, but a new study puts the figure at 4.6%, some 11m people. And the researchers say their figure may underestimate the condition's true prevalence.

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Will tickling the ears of over-55s balance their nerves?

 

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It may sound like wily medieval quackery, but researchers from the UK's University of Leeds are suggesting that tickling the ear may open a gateway to the body's metabolic balance and lead to healthier ageing.

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Music-making improves language abilities, research suggests

 

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Audiologists and speech-language therapists should persuade parents of patients to build music activity into their children's programmes, claims a Marseille-based neuroscience researcher.

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Gene-editing fix for progressive hearing loss comes closer

 

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Progressive hearing loss is just one of around 5,000 diseases linked to single-gene changes, but geneticists have so far lacked the precision tools to stop us developing these conditions. A genetic cure for this kind of deafness just came a huge step closer.

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Children who say hand dryers ‘hurt my ears’ proved right by "real world" study

 

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A study in the journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society suggests that hand dryers in public washrooms may be damaging to children's hearing. The published research was carried out by a 13-year-old.

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Premature babies neurally lifted by snake-charmer music

 

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Swiss-based research suggests that a music-enriched environment for very premature babies can help build them brain architecture similar to that of full-term newborns.

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Is treatable neuroinflammation the trigger for tinnitus?

 

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Inflammation could be the mechanism driving tinnitus, suggests newly published US research. If so, it is more than likely treatable.

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Seoul breakthrough in diagnosis of congenital auditory neuropathy

 

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Faster cochlear implant therapy for children suffering from auditory neuropathy (AN) should result from the development of a new protocol for identifying certain genetic variants in the congenital version of the disorder.

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Pitch perception is why we don't monkey around with sound, study finds

 

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New US brain research has shown that humans are more sensitive to pitch differences in sound than certain apes, suggesting possible links between the musicality of human speech and our evolutionary development.

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