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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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Speech-in-noise for multilingual hearing and diagnosis

Researchers at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg have compared new complementary multilingual speech-in-noise tests in Russian, Turkish, and Spanish for hearing self-screening purposes and follow-up hearing diagnostics to the speech tests of the European project, HearCom (Hearing in the Communication Society).

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Epilespy drug may prevent tinnitus after loud noise exposure

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An epilepsy drug used in an animal model is showing promising results in preventing tinnitus from developing after exposure to loud noise. The findings reveal, for the first time, the reason tinnitus occurs.

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How genetic mutation can cause hearing loss

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Researchers from Monash University and the University of Melbourne have discovered how a genetic mutation causes people to lose their hearing in their early twenties.

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Prenatal smoking and hearing loss

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Although smoking and secondhand smoke exposure are associated with sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) in children and adults, the possible association between prenatal smoke exposure and hearing loss has not been investigated despite the fact that more than 12% of US children experience such prenatal exposure each year.

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Researchers transform stem cells into inner ear structure

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Scientists at Indiana University have transformed mouse embryonic stem cells into key structures of the inner ear.

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Tinnitus in Polish children

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Researchers in Poland are recommending that children in primary schools should have tinnitus screening during their hearing screening tests.

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