Research

TINNET as the next step in tinnitus research: Towards evidence-based medicine

The Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI) has come a long way to bring tinnitus research from several scientific fields together. The European funded TINNET, 'Better Understanding the Heterogeneity of Tinnitus to Improve and Develop New Treatments', can be regarded as the next step.

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Gene therapy trial for deafness

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The University of Kansas Medical Center has teamed up with Swiss pharma company Novartis to test the ability of the Atoh1 gene to regenerate hair cells. The trial is to start in May.

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Research survey: economic impact of hearing loss

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PRNewswire reports the findings of a new research survey carried out by EPIC Hearing Healthcare which found that up to 30% of employees in the United States suspect they have some degree of hearing loss, but have not sought treatment for their condition.

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Impact of immigration on changing prevalence rates of hearing loss

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With increasing numbers of children entering the United States as immigrants, it is likely that prevalence estimates of childhood hearing loss are underestimated. This is the hypothesis put forward by researchers at Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, USA.

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Health survey among Europeans on biomedical research

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To mark its 50th anniversary, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) recently commissioned IPSOS, a large market survey company, to conduct a study on Europeans and biomedical research. To create a general picture, an internet survey was conducted including 1,001 French, 1,004 German, 1,001 Italian and 1,005 British respondents.

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Potential neurotoxic pesticides and hearing loss

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Many chemical substances are thought to be ototoxic, including toluene, styrene, ethylbenzene, carbon disulfide, lead, mercury and carbon monoxide. Several pesticides are suspected of being neurotoxic in humans and may therefore affect the auditory system. Researchers from the Department of Occupational Hygiene, Monte Porzio Catone, Rome, Italy, have analyzed human and experimental animal studies that tested the hypothesis that exposure to pesticides may be associated with hearing loss.

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Toxic effects of bisphenol A: hearing no exception

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In recent years, scientists have discovered several new toxic effects of bisphenol A, a carbon-based synthetic compound frequently used in plastics and epoxy resins. And it appears from a new study that the auditory system is no exception. A team of researchers from the French national center for scientific research (CNRS) has demonstrated how bisphenol A (BPA) is involved in malformation of otoliths, small structures in the inner ear that serve to control balance and also play a role in hearing.

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Ways of reducing hearing loss risks of living in a noisy world discussed at the World Congress of Audiology

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Last week, international hearing experts at the XXXII World Congress of Audiology in Brisbane discussed ways to offset a predicted increase in noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by increasing recreational and occupational noise exposure. Living in a Noisy World Roundtable Convenor Dr Thais C. Morata (US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) said our increase in noise exposure is caused by the world undergoing the fastest phase of growth and urbanisation in human history.

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