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Fruit fly model for the study of hearing loss

New research has shown that the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has a hearing system very similar to our own, at least on a molecular level.

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Small sooglossid frogs able to hear without a middle ear

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Researchers at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) have discovered that one of the world’s smallest terrestrial tetrapods, Gardiner's frog (Sechellophryne gardineri), is able to communicate without a middle ear or tympanic membrane.

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New findings on how the ear hears could lead to better hearing aids

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A healthy ear is much better at detecting and transmitting sound than even the most advanced hearing aid. But now researchers reporting in the August 20 issue of the Biophysical Journal, a Cell Press publication, have uncovered new insights into how the ear -- in particular, the cochlea -- processes and amplifies sound.

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Language skills of bilingual children with hearing loss

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Achieving age-appropriate language skills is a challenge for many monolingual children with hearing loss, and they often require support to achieve proficiency.

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Coping with adolescence after a cochlear implant

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Adolescence can be a difficult time with major changes and psychological challenges. Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel, have published the results of a study focusing on the subjective experience of adolescents with cochlear implants.

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Free State behind in diagnosis of child congenital hearing loss

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Researchers in South Africa have found that the median age of diagnosis for congenital hearing loss among children in the Free State far exceeds national and international benchmarks.

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Study will examine link between hearing loss and brain plasticity

The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) has awarded more than $1 million over five years to a professor at Western University to study the relationship between hearing loss and brain plasticity.

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Undiagnosed bilateral hearing loss leads to other problems

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Undiagnosed children with mild bilateral hearing loss (between 26-40 dB HL) miss up to 50% of speech sounds leading to significant communication and learning difficulties, lack of energy and shorter attention span.

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Wait for cochlear implants may cause stress-related illness

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There is a lengthy wait for adult cochlear implants in New Zealand and investigators sought to find out whether people on these waiting lists were more likely to suffer from illnesses which are potentially mediated by stress.

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Hearing loss from explosions may be reversible

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Researchers at Stanford University are offering new hope for those who suffer from long-term hearing loss caused by loud explosions. The condition may not be as irreversible as previously thought.

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