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.


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.


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.


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.


Neonatal hearing structures suffer loss of neurons when exposed to monosodium glutamate, Pennsylvania study shows



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Widespread damage to the cochlea and auditory brainstem, and drastic loss of neurons in the midbrain. These were among hypotheses confirmed by US researchers investigating the effects of neonatal exposure in lab rats to monosodium glutamate (MSG).


Global Consensus can improve adult CI care, but professionals must boost awareness


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The publication in 2020 of the first international consensus on the provision of cochlear implants (CI) in adults was hailed as a landmark event. Audio Infos interviews one of the authors of these consensus statements, Prof. Robert Lenarz.


Gene therapy breakthrough identifies a mutation that causes hearing loss in babies



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A key gene mutation in hearing loss has been identified by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, breakthrough science that could lead to a gene therapy solution for babies born with congenital hearing loss.


Kobe University research finds cellular key to acquired hearing loss, opening door to prevention and treatment



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A research breakthrough in Japan has revealed the specific inner-ear cells that grow in number as we age or suffer damage from noise or ototoxic drugs, all common causes of acquired hearing loss.


Large cohort Korean study grows evidence of smoking-hearing loss association


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The findings of a recently-published study by researchers in Seoul, South Korea, support previous evidence that smoking is an independent cause for hearing loss (HL), even in young adults. Both the size and design of the study brace its conclusions.


Automated Audiometry: An Interview with the Creator of AMTAS, Robert Margolis, PhD


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As automated audiometry becomes more widespread for busy clinics and teleaudiometry, Grason Stadler Inc. (GSI) interviewed Dr. Robert Margolis to discuss his automated method for testing auditory sensitivity (AMTAS).