Research

Research on hearing loss among musicians

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Nashville, Tennessee, is home to countless renowned musicians and is well-known as a center of the music industry, earning the nickname "Music City". An ideal setting for a new study being carried out by researchers at Vanderbilt's Bill Wilkerson Center, in Nashville.

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Role of rheumatoid arthritis disease activity in hearing loss

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a multisystemic autoimmune disorder involving inflammation of the joints. It has been suggested that the middle ear joints may be subject to rheumatic involvement, causing hearing impairment (HI).

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Study of cord blood stem cells to treat acquired hearing loss

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Digital Journal reports on a new study launched by the world's largest newborn stem cell company, Cord Blood Registry (CBR). The company has initiated a US FDA-regulated study on the use of stem cells (SCs) from a child’s own stored umbilical cord blood as a treatment for acquired sensorineural hearing loss.

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Effects of tobacco smoke exposure during childhood

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Tobacco control policies have gradually been implemented in many countries worldwide and may include package warnings, smoke-free public areas, and taxation. Smoking in the home is however outside the scope of government intervention, and can be associated with significant environmental exposure to tobacco smoke.

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Novel target for tinnitus treatment

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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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