Research

New study in mice: even short-term hearing impairment changes neurotransmitters

NEUROLOGY

Nerve cells and audition
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Researchers from the University of Buffalo, New York, USA, have found that short-term occlusion of the ear canal can lead to remarkable changes in auditory neurotransmitters with altered behavior and structure of nerve cells.

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Silent gaps between birdsong syllables are the key to species-specific learning

Language Learning

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A study in finches carried out in Japan has identified a key mechanism involved in species identification based on the silent gaps between birdsong syllables.

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MED-EL teams up with Spanish university and patents new technology for improving implant binaurality

CI

MED-EL and University of Salamanca in Spain
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New technology that could improve hearing in noisy surroundings for cochlear implants has been developed by a research team led by Enrique López-Poveda, of the Spanish University of Salamanca's Neuroscience Institute.

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New study finds that fibromyalgia patients have a higher risk of developing hearing loss

RELATED DISEASES

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The study, based on the results of a health survey, found that patients with fibromyalgia and patients with other musculoskeletal pain disorders had a 4.5 fold increased probability of developing impaired hearing.

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New approach to prevent cisplatin-induced hearing loss in children and adolescents with cancer

Research

cisplatin-induced hearing loss prevention
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A group of oncology clinicians from a number of pediatric oncology departments in North America has reported that sodium thiosulfate prevents cisplatin-induced hearing loss.

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Preliminary pre-clinical data for a candidate drug in hearing loss

Biotech

Sensorion, a French biotech company specializing in the treatment of inner ear diseases, recently announced preclinical results for SENS-401, its candidate drug for the treatment of acute sensorineural hearing loss.

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Boehringer Ingelheim and China Southeast University to work together on hearing loss treatments

Collaboration

Boehringer joins ChineseSoutheast University Institute of Life Sciences
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German pharma company Boehringer Ingelheim is to join forces with Southeast University Institute of Life Sciences, Nanjing, China as part of its Research Beyond Borders (RBB) initiative.

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BERA facilities to be introduced in Indian government hospitals

NHS

newborn hearing screeing in Kerala state
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The Kerala state government is to set up facilities for neonatal hearing screening in 66 hospitals across the state, according to the Health Minister, K.R. Shylaja.

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Adding higher frequencies to standard protocol to improve detection of hearing loss in adolescents

Research

hearing test protocols for adolescent hearing tests
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According to a research team of pediatricians and audiologists, adding higher frequencies to the standard hearing test protocol of the American Academy of Pediatrics helps detect adolescent hearing loss.

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Research grants available for investigations into tinnitus

Funding

British Tinnitus Association funding
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Researchers from across the UK can now apply for money from the British Tinnitus Association (BTA).

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