Research

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

 

medical imaging

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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

 

CIs

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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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Children with hearing disability more at risk of asthma - new study

 

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Children with hearing loss have a higher likelihood of having asthma than many other disability categories, according to a comprehensive population study of association between development delay and asthma in US population-level data.

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Early review draws blank on COVID-19 effects on audio-vestibular system - more research needed

 

COVID-19

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Hurried UK research into potential long-term hearing health associations among COVID-19 cases has found only insignifant evidence. The Manchester University team investigating will carry out higher-quality studies in the near future.

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How Ida Institute approaches hone person-centred care work...even online and in pandemics

 

hearing care

© Ida Institute A new Ida Institute tool that would have been unveiled officially in April at the cancelled AAA conference.

For the Denmark-based guardians of person-centred care in audiology, COVID-19 lockdowns have been just as testing as for any organisation trying to fit the old world to the new. The head of the Ida Institute explains how adapting might even sharpen the skills of rapport.

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Bone conduction walkie-talkie developed

 

communications

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A London start-up has used technology common to audiology to make a two-way bone conduction headband for hands-free communication in noisy environments such as construction sites.

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The "chemical earmuffs" that could bring hearing protection in a pill

 

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A molecular route to a drug that provides hearing protection—"chemical earmuffs"—may have been discovered by a team of biologists at the University of Iowa (UIowa) and Washington University, St. Louis.

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California research closing in on cochlear implant with pitch detection

 

cochlear implants

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Not detecting pitch is one of the great limitations of current cochlear implants (CIs), but research at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is advancing towards a device that can send pitch data.

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