Study of earless worm's auditory capacity brings new tool into view for hearing research


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Fifteen years of careful study of the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans has led scientists at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute (LSI) to this nematode's fascinating hearing sense: it picks up tones through neurones in its skin.


Sonova teams up with French biotech Sensorion for long-term study of hearing loss genetics



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The days when genetic analysis becomes routine in diagnosis of progressive hearing loss should come nearer faster thanks to a strategic team-up between Swiss hearing health giant Sonova and Montpellier-based clinical-stage biotech company, Sensorion.


Study shows association between migraine, hearing loss, and tinnitus



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An independent association exists between migraine with subjective hearing loss and tinnitus. This was the conclusion of a recent California-based study that retrospectively investigated nearly 13,000 subjects of the 1999 to 2004 US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey database.


Hearing researchers can get into gEAR and accelerate discoveries


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An online portal has been launched as a hub for accessible, well-organised and curated data to help researchers seeking to advance discoveries to reverse hearing loss. The resource - gEAR - is encouraging worldwide input to its current stash of over 800 datasets.


Hypertension drug losartan may prevent tumour-induced hearing loss, say US researchers


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Findings published in the journal Science Translational Medicine suggest a common, low-cost high blood pressure medicine can have a preventive role in tackling acoustic neuroma-related hearing and balance problems.


Rottweiler hearing loss findings may aid research into hereditary deafness in humans



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Researchers behind a canine deafness study focusing on the cuddly Rottweiler breed are hopeful of opening new routes for investigating human hereditary hearing defects.


Vietnam veteran turns drinking straw into an innovative stent for aural atresia



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A resourceful retired Carolina serviceman who experienced hearing loss due to a collapsed ear canal has achieved Food and Drug Administration approval for his own personal use of a 3D-printed stent initially fashioned from a drinking straw. Further research and tests may see the stent become widely available as a medical device.


Neonatal hearing structures suffer loss of neurons when exposed to monosodium glutamate, Pennsylvania study shows



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Widespread damage to the cochlea and auditory brainstem, and drastic loss of neurons in the midbrain. These were among hypotheses confirmed by US researchers investigating the effects of neonatal exposure in lab rats to monosodium glutamate (MSG).


Global Consensus can improve adult CI care, but professionals must boost awareness


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The publication in 2020 of the first international consensus on the provision of cochlear implants (CI) in adults was hailed as a landmark event. Audio Infos interviews one of the authors of these consensus statements, Prof. Robert Lenarz.


Gene therapy breakthrough identifies a mutation that causes hearing loss in babies



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A key gene mutation in hearing loss has been identified by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, breakthrough science that could lead to a gene therapy solution for babies born with congenital hearing loss.