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How Can a Mouse Help People with Hearing Loss?

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have used a virus and gene therapy to reverse hearing loss in mice.

 

New Antibiotic Can Kill Infections but Not Your Hearing

Researchers from Stanford are developing an alternative to traditional antibiotics that will eliminate the risk of hearing loss and kidney damage.

 

Can You Hear with Your Tongue?

Researchers from Colorado State University developed a device that turns sounds into patterns of impulses in order to send messages through the tongue.

 

What Makes Someone "Pitch Perfect"?

As told by the cast of Pitch Perfect 2: researchers have uncovered new evidence that might help us understand why some people have perfect pitch.

 

Doctors Say Hearing Better Can Improve Balance Issues

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have found that hearing aids may be used as a treatment option to improve balance and decrease falls.

 

Researchers Give This Hearing Test an F

Penn State researchers have found that the hearing screening questions for pediatric preventive care don't reliably identify teens at risk for hearing loss.

 

Study Finds a Protein to Strong-Arm Hearing Loss

Researchers have uncovered a possible way to reverse noise-induced and age-related hearing loss by boosting production of the Ntf3 protein in the ears.

 

Study Finds Link Between Eating Fish and a Lower Risk of Hearing Loss in Women

In addition to being heart-healthy, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids contained in fish may help decrease a woman's risk of developing hearing loss.

 

Can Chili Peppers Combat Hearing Loss in Cancer Patients?

A study that uses capsaicin, a chili pepper component, in conjunction with cisplatin, a cancer treatment, may help to decrease the risk of hearing loss.

 

Babies at Risk of Developing Hearing Loss in Utero

Pregnant women exposed to high noise levels (85 decibels or higher) increase their unborn baby's risk of developing hearing loss and other conditions.

 

Study Finds Link Between Weight and Hearing Loss in Teens

Hearing loss has been linked to teen obesity with staggering statistics. This comes in addition to links with other serious health concerns such as diabetes.

 

New Discovery Sheds Light on Hereditary Hearing Loss

Researchers have found a breakthrough way to express myosin 15 to study the protein's structure that could lead to new hereditary hearing loss treatments.

 

Want to Lower Your Risk of Tinnitus? Drink More Coffee!

Could drinking more coffee lower your risk of tinnitus? New research from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston suggests that it may be so.

 

The Science of Getting Your Bell Rung

Those who play contact sports such as football, along with people in car accidents, are at an increased risk of developing tinnitus from concussions.

 

Scientists Turn to a Pest to Develop New Hearing Technology

Scientists are analyzing the ear structure of the parasitoid fly, Ormia ochracea, for future development of directional microphones in hearing aids.

 

Finnish Study Makes Landmark Link Between Music and Memory

A breakthrough study has revealed that the medial temporal lobe areas of the brain have an increase in activity while musical motifs are repeated.

 

New Study Finds the Effects of Tinnitus Run Deeper Than the Ears

A study has revealed that people who experience tinnitus process emotions differently and with a different response time than those without tinnitus.

 

Scientists Discover Treatment for Hearing Loss in an Unlikely Place

In South Korea, researchers have learned that a specific substance in asthma medicine may be a treatment option for noise-induced hearing loss.

 

Hybrid Hearing Device May Expand Market for Implants

A revolutionary hybrid hearing device combines a traditional cochlear implant with a hearing device to help provide more access to hearing loss solutions.

 

Sleep Apnea Linked to Increased Risk of Hearing Loss

A study linking sleep apnea to hearing loss was presented by Dr. Amit Chopra at the American Thoracic Society's 2014 International Conference.

 

Could New Implant Replace Traditional Hearing Devices?

Esteem, a fully implantable middle ear hearing device, treats moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss. Will it replace traditional hearing aids?

 

Can a New Device Detect Early Signs of Hearing Loss in Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy?

Development has begun to create a device that detects the signs of hearing loss early in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

 

Are Your Children's Favorite Movies Helping Them Develop Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?

Could your child be at risk of experiencing noise-induced hearing loss from high volume levels of music and movies? Learn some preventative measures here.

 

Gene Therapy and Biotechnology Come Together to Address Hearing Loss

New research into gene therapy has the potential an improved hearing experience from cochlear implant users via injection of BDNF DNA genes into the cochlea.

 

New Hearing Device Could Solve the 'Cocktail Party Problem'

Boston University researchers have been awarded a grant for further development of a visually guided hearing aid addressing the "cocktail party problem."

 

Can Iron Deficiency Indicate Future Hearing Problems?

A correlation between iron-deficiency anemia and sudden sensorineural hearing loss has been found, and it's stronger in people ages 44 and younger.

 

Children Who Wear Hearing Devices Early Can Develop Better Communication Skills

According to a new study from the University of Iowa, children who are fitted earlier with hearing aids have stronger speech and language development skills.

 

Hearing Loss-Related Tumor May Have Met its Match

A revolutionary procedure to remove acoustic neuroma with an endoscope has been developed, resulting in increased preservation of hearing and facial movements.

 

Can Painkillers Cause Hearing Loss in Women?

A shocking correlation between painkiller intake and hearing loss in women has been revealed by a new study conducted by Brigham and Women's Hospital.

 

Strong Link Found Between Depression and Untreated Hearing Loss in Women

The link between hearing loss and depression is greater in women according to a study by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders.

 

Feel Better, Hear Better?

A research grant has been awarded to Christine Portfors for a new study to learn more about the effects that dopamine has on sound processing in the brain.

 

New South Dakota Legislation to Help Families Afford Audiology Services

A new South Dakota bill will require insurance companies to cover audiological services for children under 19 years of age, greatly helping families.

 

The Person in Your Family Most Susceptible to Hearing Loss May Surprise You

A new study has revealed that a shocking number of children have noise-induced hearing loss caused by high music volumes and headphone usage.

 

What Can a Chicken Teach Us About Hearing Loss?

How can chickens help us with hearing loss treatment? A new study on inner ear cells in chickens could lead the way to new hearing loss solutions for humans.

 

Local Organizations Lay a Foundation for Hearing Loss Awareness

Organizations such as local HLAA chapters and the Center for Hearing and Communication are working to improve awareness on hearing healthcare issues.

 

New Development May Lead to Invisible Cochlear Implant

Research has led to the creation of a new processing chip that could be used in cochlear implants, allowing for wireless charging and invisibility.

 

Musicians May Lead the Next Revolution in Hearing Technology

How can hearing aids be improved for musicians? A new study at Vanderbilt University hopes to identify better hearing protection options for musicians.

 

Can Banking Your Child's Cord Blood Cells Help Treat Future Hearing Loss?

A clinical trial has been launched to study the use of cord blood stem cells as a treatment option for children with sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL).

 

Those with hearing loss may be losing more than just their hearing

A new study has found that those with hearing loss can lose brain tissue at a noticeably faster rate than those with normal hearing.

 

Canadian speed skater overcomes hearing loss to compete in Sochi

Brianne Tutt, a speed skater from Airdrie, Alberta, will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi this week, just 13 months after a terrible accident nearly stopped her from skating ever again.

 

Researchers at the University of Michigan Uncover New Opportunities to Treat Tinnitus

New findings by researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School may provide possible new treatment options for tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

 

Working Towards a Better Understanding of Inherited Hearing Loss

Several Montreal scientists recently discovered a group of proteins that help shape the organ responsible for sound detection...

 

Combatting Hearing Loss with Music Lessons

Taking music lessons between the ages of four and 14 can benefit the brain in old age and help prevent age-related hearing loss, according to a new study from Northwestern University.

 

Congressman to Push for Improvements in Veterans Audiology Services

Sean Duffy, a Wisconsin Congressman, has identified an issue with the Veterans Affairs health system that is preventing veterans from having their hearing aids serviced in a convenient manner.

 

Despite Promising New Research, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Still a Concern

In a new study led by Gary Housley of the University of New South Wales, researchers found a method of preventing temporary hearing loss in mice...

 

Publix Super Markets Make it Easy for all Shoppers to Hear the Cashiers

Publix Super Markets, Inc. has begun testing hearing loops as a means of helping customers wearing hearing devices to better understand cashiers...

 

Hearing Loss and Depression: Protecting your Hearing Health Could also Protect your Mental Health

According to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), unaddressed hearing loss is linked with depression.

 

A Proposed Hearing Aid Tax Credit Bill Could Lessen Cost Barrier for Most Americans

Reintroducing the Hearing Aid Tax Credit bill with the Hearing Industries Association and the Hearing Loss Association of America.

 

What Can Your Eyes Tell You About Your Ears?

Brian Applegate, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, stated recently that the technique used to create images of one's retina is now being repurposed to identify hearing loss.

 

Nuisance Fly Could Help Scientists to Better Understand Hearing Loss

A new study from the University of Iowa has found that the common fruit fly can be used to study noise-induced hearing loss.

 

For Children, a Little Hearing Loss Can Do a Lot of Damage

Children who are subjected to short-term hearing loss, a condition often caused by ear infections, ear wax, and exposure to loud noises, could be at risk for what can be referred to as a "lazy ear."

 

Annual Hearing Test Can Reduce Your Risk of Dementia

Recent studies have shown such a serious link between untreated hearing loss and dementia...

 

Advanced Bionics Settles Majority of Recent Product Liability Claims

After several years of legal battles, Sonova, the owner of Advanced Bionics, has reached settlement agreements with the majority of the parties who filed product liability claims related to the company's cochlear implants...

 

New Mobile Hearing Device Technology Will Change How Those with Hearing Loss Interact with Their Smart Phones

Recently, EarQ technology provider ReSound announced the launch of its latest, and most revolutionary, device.

 

New NOAA Weather Radios Designed to Alert Those with Hearing Loss

Since 1999, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radios have provided dangerous weather warnings and civil emergency messages for the National Weather Service.

 

Post 9/11 Veterans are Coming Home with Hearing Loss in Record Numbers

According to The Center for Public Integrity, over 400,000 of post 9/11 veterans have hearing loss and tinnitus.

 

Startling Statistics Prompt American Farmers to Protect Their Hearing

According to U.S. News and World Report, more than one third of America's 3 million farmers have hearing loss caused by daily exposure to loud machinery and livestock.

 

Obama Introducing Cinema Regulations

Hearing loss keeping you from the movies? A new regulation could change that.

 

Government Shutdown Will Have Little Effect on the Hearing Healthcare Industry

The hearing healthcare industry will be largely unaffected during the federal government shutdown.

 

New Head Health Challenge can positively impact hearing loss in athletes

The NFL, Under Armour, and GE launched Head Health Challenge II in an effort to bring awareness to the negative effects of head impacts during football.

 

New study shows teens exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk of hearing loss

A recent study performed at New York University has found a link between passive, or second-hand, smoking and hearing loss in teens.

 

Doctors to Grow Ears for Young Boy

Kieran Sorkin, of Bushey, England, was born with a condition known as mictrotia, which left him with only small lobes where his ears should be...

 

Stem Cells Point Toward a Treatment for Hearing Loss

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have found a possible way of growing inner-ear hair cells, which allow one to hear and control balance.

 

British Hearing Loss Charity Gifts a Video Baby Monitor to the Royal Baby

Action on Hearing Loss recently sent a state-of-the-art video monitoring tool to Prince William and Kate Middleton in honor of the birth of their son, HRH Prince George of Cambridge...

 

Study Finds Some Hearing Loss May Be Reversible

A new study by the Stanford University School of Medicine shows that some hearing loss, notably noise-induced hearing loss, may be reversible...

 

Hearing Loss Increases Risk of Alzheimer's

A study published by the American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, found a noticeable link between hearing loss and memory loss in older adults...

 

Former President George W. Bush Delivers the Gift of Hearing with the Starkey Hearing Foundation

Bush personally helps the Starkey team give 222 Tanzania locals the gift of hearing...

 

Ferrets could change hearing aid design

A recent study using ferrets, a close relative to the otter, has shown insights into how children, specifically those with glue ear (a middle-ear infection or otitis media) compensate for temporary hearing loss...

 

New European Union Standards Put Decibel Limits on Music Players and Mobile Phones

A new standard enacted by the European Union (EU) states that all personal music players and mobile phones capable of playing music sold within its borders should have a default volume limit of 85 decibels...

 

Woman with Tinnitus to Ascend Mt. Hood for a Cure

Donna Brown, 61, has experienced tinnitus, an incurable disorder which causes a person to hear a constant ringing or whistling sound, for over 20 years. In an attempt to raise money for the American Tinnitus Association (ATA) to continue the search for a cure, Brown will be climbing Mt. Hood...

 

Deaf High School Student Performs at High Level Due to Early Intervention

Turner Hitt, a senior at Lee County High School in Georgia, has managed to achieve great success in his high school career despite being born deaf...

 

Become an Audiologist

Last year, Forbes, CareerCast and CNNMoney all forecasted one profession as one of the most rewarding, stable and least stressful careers that one can have...

 

Study Finds a New Treatment for Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a chronic and incurable condition that affects 5-to-15 percent of Americans. Characterized by phantom sounds such as whistling, clicking, or roaring, this disorder can be debilitating in its worst cases.

 

Hearing Industry Research Group Announces First Grant Recipients

The Hearing Industry Research Consortium (IRC) has revealed the two recipients of its first public grant opportunity: Piers Dawes, Ph.D., a research fellow at the University of Manchester, and Andrea Pittman, Ph.D., an associate professor at Arizona State University.

 

School's new playground designed with hearing impaired students in mind

Before building a new playground for its students, the St. Philip School in Phoenix, AZ decided to take all of its students into consideration.

 

Deaf sailor makes history

Gerry Hughes, 55, from Glasgow, Scotland, made maritime history on May 8th when he became the first deaf man to successfully circumnavigate the globe on his boat, the Quest III.

 

New study finds smoking can lead to hearing loss

According to the Tobacco Control Journal, those who smoke, even passively, have an increased risk of hearing loss.

 

Study Finds Link Between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

A recent National Health and Nutrition Examination survey has found a correlation between diabetes and hearing loss.

 

Regal Cinemas to offer closed-captioned glasses at its locations

In an effort to provide a more enjoyable experience for moviegoers with hearing loss, Regal Entertainment Group will equip 6,000 of its theaters with closed-caption glasses this month.

 

Hockey players wear specially designed hearing aid sweat bands

While competing in the second annual World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships in Finland in early April, members of The American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA) sported a special accessory: hearing aid sweat bands.

 

Revolutionary hearing aid prototype being developed in Germany

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgard, Germany is testing prototypes of a new hearing aid that could offer high performance for very low prices.

 

Cochlear Implant company ordered to pay $7.25 million in damages to a young girl after its device severely shocked her

A Louisville U.S. District Court jury found that Advanced Bionics knowingly sold the implants after they were deemed defective.

 

Pennsylvania firefighters sue truck manufacturers claiming their hearing loss was caused by dangerously loud sirens

In early April, four Pittsburgh firefighters sued several major fire truck manufacturers, claiming they suffered hearing loss after being repeatedly exposed to the trucks' loud sirens during their careers.

 

New Research Shows Women Who Address Their Hearing Health Can Experience a Greater Quality of Life

Addressing hearing loss helps women stay physically, cognitively and socially active, according to the Better Hearing Institute.

 

Canadian Premier Praised for Addressing Hearing Loss

Alberta Canada's newly-elected Premier, Alison Redford, has announced she's seeking treatment for an escalating hearing problem.

 

Ear Buds to be Investigated as a Public Health Concern

In New York State, a bill is pending in the legislature's transportation committee that would ban the use of mobile phones, iPods or other electronic devices while crossing streets.

 

Hearing Aids May Keep You From Falling

A new study to take place at the University of Texas at Dallas, aimed at determining a connection between hearing loss and the likelihood of falls, is seeking 20 adults, ages 50 to 80 years old.

 

Untreated Hearing Loss Can Have Its Own Lasting Effects

In the initial findings of a landmark study currently being conducted at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, researchers are reporting that untreated, age-related hearing loss -or presbyacusis- can lead to a more-rapid deterioration of higher brain function.

 

Protect Your Hearing This Hunting Season

As hunting season officially gets underway, millions of outdoorsmen and women are routinely packing their gear in hopes of landing their prize. While things like vests, hats and gloves easily come to mind, another safety feature can be commonly overlooked: hearing protection.

 

October is National Audiology Awareness and National Protect Your Hearing Month!

While we always promote good hearing health practices in our community, October is a time to spread awareness on a national scale and provide empowering hearing loss education to the more than 36 million Americans who suffer from it.

 

Bill Austin & The Starkey Foundation Give the Gift of Hearing at Yankee Stadium

Every year, Bill Austin, owner of Starkey Hearing Technology, travels to Yankee stadium to give the gift of hearing to children and adults who can't normally afford the latest hearing device technology.

 

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