Research

Robots to help children learn a language

Prototype

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Researchers from Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. (USA), led by Laura Ann Petitto, researcher and educational neuroscientist, are developing a robot called the Robot Avatar Thermal-Enhanced prototype (RAVE) to help children develop language skills.

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Hearing aid microphones could soon benefit from spider silk

Nature

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Researchers at Binghamton University, New York, have found that spider silk improves the quality of microphones for hearing aids and other technologies.

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Phonak convenes first Expert Research Circle

Phonak Expert Research Circle
First gathering of experts, from left to right: Stefan Launer, Brent Edwards, Bradley Stephenson, Andrea Pittman, Lori Rakita, Graham Naylor, Jani Johnson, Michael Boretzki, Susan Scollie, Ora Buerkli, Yu-Hsiang Wu, Erin Picou, Christine Jones

Meeting

Key international experts in hearing aid research and Phonak audiologists and researchers participated in first expert circle meeting in the USA.

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Study in mice: over 50 new hearing genes found

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Genetics

An international group of researchers has found 52 novel candidate genes for hearing loss in the mouse model. These findings show that there is an even greater number of genes involved than was previously suspected.

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Prevalence of otitis media infections among indigenous Australians

Report

A recent report as part of an Australian parliamentary inquiry into hearing health has revealed that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are at critical risk from otitis media infections.

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Audiology delivers most cost-effective tinnitus therapies

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Study

A study funded by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) into the healthcare cost of tinnitus management in the UK has calculated that the average cost of tinnitus treatment per patient per year is £717, equating to an NHS healthcare bill of £750 million per year.

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Universal newborn hearing screening not enough to improve language skills

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NHS

Universal newborn hearing screening (NHS) is not sufficient to improve language skills in children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, according to a new study carried out by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio (USA).

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New data on potential hearing loss from common recreational noise

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Noise

A prospective study carried out by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas, USA has found no evidence of auditory nerve injury or permanent hearing difficulties in young adults after they attended a loud event.

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Sensorion’s Oral SENS-401 prevented cisplatin-induced hearing loss

Preclinical data

Sensorion SENS_401
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In regulatory news reported by Business Insider, Sensorion, a biotech company developing novel treatments for inner ear diseases, recently published findings showing that orally administered SENS-401 significantly prevented cisplatin-induced hearing loss in preclinical models.

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Sudden sensorineural hearing loss in children and adolescents

SSNHL

SSNHL
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Researchers from the Seoul National University Hospital and Medical Center recently published an article with novel findings on sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) in the pediatric population.

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