Research

Lower hearing loss in chocolate eaters, but no sweet news for tinnitus sufferers

Prevention

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A possible otoprotective effect from one of our favourite foodstuffs has been highlighted by the results of the first large cohort study of the effect of chocolate on hearing loss in middle-aged people.

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Affordable app-based hearing aid can benefit poor children in India

App

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An Indian Institute of Science (IISc) study has produced an economical prototype for a phone-based hearing aid complete with therapy, aimed at helping children with hearing loss.

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Positives emerge from magnetic stimulation in Finnish tinnitus trials

Tinnitus

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Finnish researchers from Turku University Hospital have seen promise in a new tinnitus approach, after 10 out of 13 patients observed an average 39 to 45 percent decrease in their symptoms from receiving magnetic stimulation.

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Are patients with psoriatic arthritis at risk for hearing loss?

comorbidity

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A first-ever multicentred study to evaluate hearing in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) suggests clinicians should be aware that patients with this skin condition may be at risk of developing hearing loss.

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Auditory nerve implant research wins $9.7m US health grant

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A sizeable research grant from the US National Institutes for Health (NIH) has set up the University of Minnesota to lead a global project into developing a different kind of implant to the cochlear variety, one that can restore normal hearing.

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Under-50s with hearing loss more likely to misuse alcohol and drugs, research finds

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A statistical analysis by US researchers has turned up a strikingly higher likelihood of alcohol and drug abuse in under-50-year-olds with hearing loss versus their normal hearing counterparts.

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Singing and playing music can aid speech perception in children with CIs, Finnish study suggests

Music

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A Finnish research team has announced positive results from a recent investigation into the role of singing and instrument playing in speech perception in noise of children with cochlear implants.

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Dutch pharmaceutical firm reports safety test milestone in trial of hair cell regeneration drug

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Can a drug therapy ever be found that will reverse age-related sensorineural hearing loss? Dutch firm Audion Therapeutics is hailing positive safety and tolerability results in the early stages of developing such medication.

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Newly discovered Usher syndrome mutations may help confirm diagnoses of rare condition

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A Moscow-based study has discovered several new mutations behind the rare Usher syndrome variety of deafblindness. Researchers say the finding can be useful in confirming diagnosis of the condition.

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Study highlights hearing aid limitations for orchestra musicians with hearing loss

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What do musicians with hearing loss most fear? A new study suggests their hearing aids have limitations when it comes to following the finer details of music and instructions from conductors.

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