Research

Age-related hearing loss could be helped by regenerating hair cells, study suggests

 

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New research using improved microscopy techniques suggests that age-related hearing loss is primarily caused by damage to inner ear sensory cells, pointing to regeneration of hair cells as a potential solvent future therapy.

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Manchester researchers land funding to investigate COVID links to hearing loss

 

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Does COVID-19 cause hearing loss? The UK's Manchester Biomedical Centre has won funding to help answer this hotspot question by carrying out a comprehensive clinical and diagnostic research study on post-hospitalised COVID-19 patients.

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What price is UK hearing research paying for lockdowns?

 

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Over the months since coronavirus restrictions were first introduced, the flow of investigation into hearing has been obstructed and, to some extent, rerouted. Though manufacturers' installations have been hard hit, perhaps the worst hit research centres have been universities.

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Ototoxicity of opioids underlined by New Jersey study

 

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Doctors prescribing opioids should be aware of an ototoxicity risk to patients, who could suffer permanent hearing loss and tinnitus from their medication.

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Masks muzzle communication in audiology

 

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One of the study graphs showing - by situation - how survey respondents feel about wearing face coverings

An ongoing study by the University of Manchester has underlined that use of face coverings is leaving patients and professionals struggling to engage and connect.

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Virtual is the conference way for Britain's leading tinnitus group

 

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The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) has announced that its annual 2020 conference will still go ahead—virtually, i.e. online—from October 5 to 9.

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Imaging inside the cochlea soon a reality with hair-width scanner

 

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A newly-developed ultrathin 3D-printed optical endoscope is bringing miniaturised probing to the level of providing trauma-free high-resolution imaging from within delicate narrow body parts such as the cochlea.

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Optical cochlear implants come a rodent step closer

 

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The development of a more effective cochlear implant using light instead of electricity has been hastened towards clinical translation following succesful experimentation using rodents.

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Adult-onset hearing loss breakthrough as common inherited genetic variant found

 

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The discovery of a common inherited genetic variant putting thousands of adults potentially at risk of adult-onset hearing loss (HL) may open the way to prevention through gene therapy.

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Is poor follow-up responsible for 20% of hearing aid owners making no use of their devices?

 

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Amongst some good news on use of hearing aids in the UK, new survey results show that as many as 50% of hearing aid owners do not use their devices most of the time, while 20% never use them.

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