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New compound with potential to prevent noise-related hearing loss

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Scientists at the Oregon Hearing Research Center at the Oregon Health and Science University (USA) carried out a new study in mice to assess the molecular mechanisms underlying noise-induced hearing loss, with associated tinnitus and sound hypersensitivity.

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Type 2 diabetes mellitus and hearing loss

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A recent review and meta-analysis published in The Laryngoscope has found that the incidence of mild hearing loss is significantly higher in individuals with type 2 diabetes than in age-matched controls, and that auditory brainstem response (ABR) wave V latencies are longer in diabetics.

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The Italian SUN Test out to conquer America

Researchers at the Italian National Research Council working at the Milan Institute of Biomedical Engineering (ISIB) have developed a new screening method that is taking the analysis of how well people understand speech in noisy environments out into the real world.
It is being used more and more, including by academics worldwide, and has recently been highlighted in the American Journal of Audiology.

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Eat less for better hearing

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Calorie restriction seems to have the effect of slowing down the effects of aging on the body. But could it also be beneficial to presbyacusis? This seems to be the case, at least in rats, according to a recent study performed by researchers at Karolinske Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

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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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