Research

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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AI breakthrough brings objective tinnitus diagnosis within reach

 

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An algorithm developed by researchers at the Bionics Institute in Melbourne, Australia may pave the way to providing a tool for clinicians to detect and objectively measure a patient’s tinnitus.

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MED-EL gets right under the skin with TICI implant

 

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© MED-EL Prof. Dr. Philippe Lefebvre, pioneering TICI surgeries.

Market approval may still be several years away for a totally implantable cochlear implant (CI), but the Austrian hearing tech firm MED-EL is currently performing its first surgeries in this direction with the project at the clinical feasibility study stage.

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Brain sells - how Oticon articulates science and marketing

 

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© Oticon A subject takes part in Oticon BrainHearing research.

Developing some kind of narrative around hearing technology is a must for all manufacturers, but the Demant group digs deep into the subsoil of science with the BrainHearing framework it has built around its Oticon brand devices.

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Earwax - a better way of measuring systemic cortisol levels?

 

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The notoriously difficult task of sampling the stress hormone cortisol—in high levels a risk factor of depression—may be eased if sought in earwax, according to a study led by Dr Andres Herane-Vives of University College London's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

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Stress factors dominate UK study suggesting increased tinnitus from COVID symptoms and measures

 

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A new study of 3,103 tinnitus sufferers led by the UK's Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) revealed that as many as 40% of those displaying symptoms of COVID-19 claimed to have experienced a simultaneous worsening of their condition.

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