Research

Is pupil dilation as reliable as standard hearing tests?

 

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A test relying on tracking pupil dilation as evidence of the subject hearing a sound has been put through its paces by a team of neuroscientists in Oregon, USA, who got the idea 20 years back when studying owls.

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Tinnitus and sudden deafness risk raised by non-migraine headaches

 

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Patients suffering non-migraine headache are at a significantly greater risk for tinnitus, sensorineural hearing impairment, and sudden deafness than those without chronic headache, recent research in Taiwan suggests.

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US Cochlear implant test disparities risk excluding valid candidates

 

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Clinical testing for cochlear implant (CI) candidacy in the US is inconsistent and lacks proper guidelines, possibly filtering out valid cases, a new study has revealed.

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US and UK tinnitus forces team up for January meet

 

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The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) is to host a joint networking event with the British Tinnitus Association (BTA). The evening will take place on January 25, 2020 at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Mid-Winter Meeting in San Jose, California.

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A row in Flanders over call for mandatory earplugs at concerts

 

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A call by academics to make earplugs obligatory at music events has turned up the noise on both sides of the argument in Belgium, following a study showing that 75% of events do not meet noise standards.

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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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