Research

Advanced AI: How hearing instruments are using ‘deep neural networks’

 

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© Oticon Thomas Behrens: ˝The hearing aids we are now using give more contrast, they register more detail.˝

In the first 2021 technology article compiled by the British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA) for the UK audiology magazine Audio Infos, Oticon’s Thomas Behrens is interviewed on the subject of deep neural networks and how they can improve the sound experience of hearing devices.

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Any grains of truth in coffee drinking making men less susceptible to hearing loss?

 

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© srdjanPav - iStock A hearing aid user who may have benefitted from drinking more coffee?

Can coffee drinking make men less likely to suffer from deafness? A research team from the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain suggests this is possible, but is their widely-reported study robust or only as instantly flavoursome as the truth that brews in tabloid newsrooms?

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Psychologists must defuse ticking “tinnitus timebomb” UK charity warns

 

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A new report from the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) exposes the urgent need for psychologists, other secondary care specialists, and a new standardised treatment model to avoid a “tinnitus timebomb˝.

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Israeli study that rules out hearing damage from Covid-19 adds to the debate

 

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© liorpt – iStock Tel Aviv at the centre of new Covid research

Newly published research from Tel Aviv University (TAU) found no evidence of damage to the auditory system from the Covid-19 disease, although the study sample was small and involved only asymptomatic patients.

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Global buzz of hope follows Tel Aviv University breakthrough in therapy for gene mutation deafness

 

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Mouse model research in Israel has raised hopes of a successful gene therapy for the one in approximately 2,000 children born with a gene mutation that causes deafness.

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Tinnitus drug cure researcher wins top UK hearing award, the Shapiro Prize

 

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© courtesy of Deborah Hall    Prof. Deborah Hall, winner of the Shapiro Prize for her tinnitus drug study

Work towards a pharmacological solution for tinnitus has been recognised by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) conferring its top annual award—the Marie and Jack Shapiro Prize—to a study that investigated the safety and efficacy of a potential drug treatment for the condition.

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Biomarkers project awarded 50% chunk of the British Tinnitus Association’s biggest ever funding round

 

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A King’s College London study that aims to identify tinnitus biomarkers has been granted £125k in funding by the UK charity, the British Tinnitus Association (BTA).

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Mutation analysis test for newborn screening successfully trialed across several EU countries

 

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An early diagnosis system using gene mutation analysis has been successfully tested by the University Clinic of Navarra (UNAV) in Spain, as well as several laboratories and hospitals in Spain, Portugal and France.

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What can biobanks bring to hearing, and in particular to tinnitus?

 

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The growing informational and material resources offered to researchers by biobanks could help bring game-changing discoveries in hearing, even cures. And research into tinnitus is just one area that can potentially benefit from these data collections as their focus on hearing becomes broader.

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Infant deafness stymies non-verbal communication, even gestures such as pointing

 

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Early non-verbal communication skills involving gestural behaviour can be severely impacted by infant deafness, reveals new research by psychologists at the University of Sheffield, UK.

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