Research

Elastic electrodes ready to revolutionise hearing implants

 

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A bendy implant material of silicone-covered platinum , with a surface area of just 0.25mm2, is now being prepared for human trials. Its developers see it replacing auditory brainstem hearing implants (ABI).

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Smartphones provide "accurate" hearing screening in poor South African communities

 

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A smartphone screening system for both hearing and vision impairment has been running in South Africa. It was set up to bring early diagnosis to those whose low socioeconomic status denies them early diagnosis.

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Deaf diagnosis on 430,000-year-old human incorrect, 3D tomography reveals

 

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When the patient has been dead for around 430,000 years, it's a tricky diagnosis even for the best of hearing specialists, but an international research effort has cleared up a major lingering doubt on such cases.

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Did chronic ear infections help kill off the Neanderthal?

 

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A New York anthropological science study has suggested that something as commonplace to the modern manchild as middle ear infections were linked to the extinction of the archaic human species, Neanderthals.

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Congenitally deaf have rewired brains - new teaching approaches needed

 

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The profound deafness-causing mutation of the otoferlin protein also alters the growth and wiring of neurons crucial to the nervous system, claims newly published research that advances treatment prospects and better education for the deaf.

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Insurance type, ethnicity, and primary language - all factors delaying hearing therapy for children

 

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Being a non-white baby or having public rather than private insurance may delay access for children to the intended benefits of universal newborn hearing screening (NHS), a new study suggests.

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Rich vocab heard from proficient speakers means better language skills for children

 

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The quality of speech and the patterns of language developed by children learning English is affected by the depth and proficiency of the vocabulary and grammar they hear in acquiring it, a new US study shows.

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Is AI as good as the professional eye in diagnosing from medical imaging?

 

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Will deep learning algorithms eventually provide more reliable analyses of diagnostic tests than medical professionals? When it comes to medical imaging, a new meta-analysis cautiously concludes that the accuracy of AI diagnosis is now equivalent to that of trained doctors.

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Hearing loss linked to delinquency in pre-teen Pacific kids

 

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An ethnically-based study by New Zealand researchers has related hearing impairment with moderate delinquency, underlining the serious social and economic impact of hearing disability on individuals and families.

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FDA fast-tracking for drug to relieve tinnitus in Meniere's disease

 

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A drug shown in trials to relieve tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss symptoms in Meniere's disease (MD) sufferers is being fast-tracked the the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) stringent new drug application process.

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