Research

Gene therapy to restore hearing

Study

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Researchers at the University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City (USA) are trying to regenerate hair cells in the inner ear as a method of restoring lost hearing, reports the Kansas City Star.

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Noise exposure during pregnancy and hearing in children

Study

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A new cohort study has shown that noise exposure during pregnancy can damage the unborn child’s hearing, with an 80% increased risk in noisy occupational environments.

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Quality of life outcomes for children with hearing loss

Genetics

A recent study carried out in Singapore has shown that normal-hearing children and their families have significantly higher general health quality of life scores when compared to those with hearing loss and their families.

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Aging and hearing loss: results of the PAQUID longitudinal study

Aging is associated with gradual decline in neurosensory performance, particularly hearing abilities. 30% of people over 65 years of age have some degree of hearing loss, and up to 70% to 90% of those 85 years and older (Chien & Lin, 2012).

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Enrollment of first patient in HEALOS study on AM-111

Study

Auris Medical Holding AG recently announced the inclusion of the first patient into the pivotal HEALOS clinical trial investigating AM-111.

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Key enzyme activity in inherited deafness

Genetics

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Researchers from Yale School of Medical, Connecticut, USA have showed that the genetic reduction of the AMP kinase (AMPK) enzyme can rescue hearing loss in genetically engineered mice with mitochondrial dysfunction causing deafness.

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Interview with prof. Hélène Amieva

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Canada: ground-breaking bone-anchored CI-surgery

BAHA

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CBC news reports on a ground-breaking bone-anchored hearing aid surgery technique that is far less invasive than conventional methods and that is expected to significantly reduce recovery time.

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New imaging technology and surgical planning for CI surgery

CI-Tech

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HEAR-EU project develops innovative imaging technology and pre-operative planning software to improve the success of cochlear implant (CI) surgery, reports MedicalXpress.

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