Research

Gene editing protects from deafness in mice

Genetic deafness

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An international team of researchers recently studied how in vivo delivery of specific RNA complexes can improve hearing loss in a mouse model of human genetic deafness.

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Further data on the link between age-related hearing loss and cognitive decline or dementia

Cognitive decline

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Specialty clinical information website Healio.com recently reported on a meta-analysis of 40 studies with a total of over 34,000 participants that showed a small but significant association between hearing loss related to age and all domains of cognitive function.

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3D-printed ear prostheses to improve hearing loss treatments

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3D printing has been used in many areas of medicine and is being evaluated in an ever increasing number of disciplines and conditions. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine have tested 3D printing in the area of prosthetic replacements for damaged parts of the middle ear.

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Genetic variations in the FOXO3 gene and susceptibility to noise-induced hearing loss

NIHL

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Researchers in China recently carried out a large-scale study to explore the effects of FOXO3 genetic polymorphism on individual susceptibility to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), one of the most important occupational disorders.

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Natural protection from loud sounds in whales and dolphins

Hearing protection

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New zoology research has found that four species of whales and dolphins can tune down the volume to protect their hearing. The findings are to be published in the journal Integrative Zoology.

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Neurofeedback shows promising results in treating tinnitus

Tinnitus

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A new study carried out at Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio (USA) has shown that neurofeedback training may be able to reduce the severity of tinnitus or even eliminate the condition.

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Systematic review: risk factors for pediatric tinnitus

Tinnitus

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Researchers from the Departments of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Korea University and Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center recently published their findings in the journal The Laryngoscope following a systematic review and meta-analysis of risk factors in pediatric tinnitus.

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The effects of hearing loss on relationships

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Hearing loss has been shown to be associated with a wide range of other health problems, including depression, concentration difficulties, memory issues, and even dementia. New evidence now adds interpersonal communication breakdown to the list.

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Specific protein mutations affecting the cochlea may contribute to early hearing loss

SNHL

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A recent study carried out by researchers working at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (USA) showed that a master-switch protein, epithelial splicing regulatory protein 1 (ESRP1), may be associated with non-syndromic sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL).

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Designing “sense-sensitive” environments for seniors

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Decreasing abilities involving sight and hearing are commonly recognized as part of aging, but touch, smell and taste may also become less acute.

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