Research

Novel target for tinnitus treatment

RESEARCH

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University of Michigan Medical School (U-M) researchers have reported new scientific findings that help to better explain the mechanisms underlying the constant ringing, buzzing, hissing, humming or other noises so well known to people with tinnitus.

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Bilingualism aids new skills among the hearing impaired

Two field studies carried out in Spain have shown that bilingual hearing loss sufferers develop language skills and abilities superior even to those who communicate in just one language. Mark Guiberson, Ph.D., of the University of Wyoming, presented the results during the 2nd Conference on Bilingual Education for children with cochlear implants and hearing aids, which was held in November in both Madrid and Barcelona.

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Comparative study on conversation tactics

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Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Greenwich (London, UK) recently carried out a study aimed at investigating the tactics people use when verbal communication fails because of environmental circumstances or impaired hearing.

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Study reveals potential breakthrough in hearing technology

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Computer engineers and hearing scientists at The Ohio State University have made a potential breakthrough in solving a 50-year-old problem in hearing technology: how to help the hearingimpaired understand speech in the midst of background noise.

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Job satisfaction and social climate in noisy classrooms

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A large amount of research is carried out on the dangers that noise poses to hearing, but the psychological and social aspects of noise may sometimes be overlooked. The role of clear oral communication, in a comfortable environment, is of course fundamental in the learning process.

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Dangers to hearing in the military context: noise and chemicals

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Exposure to gunfire, explosions, transport noise and machinery is a well-known cause of hearing loss in military personnel. Some estimates of the number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with job-related hearing loss and/or tinnitus are as high as 400,000.

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Nanotechnology to treat hearing loss

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Manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular level is an important new area of science and the applications of these nanotechnologies in biomedical research are receiving growing interest. Researchers from the Bionics Institute and the University of Melbourne in Australia have developed a specific application using nanoparticles as a drug delivery system to the inner ear, a notoriously difficult part of the ear to reach.

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Noise reduction: the difference between ‘noise haters’ and ‘distortion haters’

Clinical Physicist Audiologist (i.o.) dr.ir. Rolph Houben of the Academical Medical Centre (AMC) Amsterdam (The Netherlands) investigates what noise reduction really does in the patient. Step by step he unravels the mystery of noise reduction.

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Noise is not just damaging to your ears

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The effects of noise on hearing, and psychological well-being (sleep and nervousness) are well known, but researchers from the Department of Environmental Health, Boston University, along with other scientists from Harvard and the NMR Group, set out to determine whether exposure to aircraft noise increases the risk of hospitalization for cardiovascular diseases.

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New brain imaging device to assess cochlear implants

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A joint venture by a multidisciplinary team of researchers in cochlear implant technology, hearing disorders, cognitive and language sciences, and brain imaging, has now made it possible for the first time to better understand how the human brain processes input from a cochlear implant (CI).

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