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Approximately 430 million people globally suffer from disabling hearing loss, and in the United States alone, around 37.5 million adults report difficulty hearing. Hearing loss can occur when any part of the ear or the nerves that transmit sound to the brain do not function properly. For example, damage to the hair cells in the inner ear can lead to

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A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that older adults with greater severity of hearing loss were more likely to have dementia, but the likelihood of dementia was lower among hearing aid users compared to non-users. The findings, from a nationally representative sample of more than 2,400 older adults, are consistent

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A cross-disciplinary team of researchers in the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has discovered hearing impairment in a preclinical model of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). More specifically, the researchers report in the  Journal of Neuroscience  that they observed mild hearing loss and defects in auditory nerve function. Closer examination of the nerve tissue revealed

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A game-based test that detects hearing loss in children has recently been awarded a European innovation medal. Both the test and the technology behind it have been developed by Norwegian researchers. The project 'I Hear You' is a collaborative effort involving the Norwegian science institute SINTEF, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and two local partner organizations in

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Patients with mitochondrial disease may develop a wide range of symptoms, including sensorineural hearing loss likely due to dysfunctional energy production in the inner ear. In a retrospective study, researchers from the Mitochondrial Medicine Frontier Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Lund University in Sweden determined the prevalence, severity, and timing of onset for hearing loss across different genetic subtypes

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Screening programs for childhood hearing loss need to become better at collecting data and measuring outcomes in order to increase quality, such as improving the percentage of follow-ups, a new thesis from Karolinska Institutet reports. One in 500 infants have a permanent hearing loss, which can affect the development of their spoken language. Spoken language sets the stage for reading,

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Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University have revealed, for the first time and in near-atomic detail, the structure of the key part of the inner ear responsible for hearing. “This is the last sensory system in which that fundamental molecular machinery has remained unknown,” said senior author  Eric Gouaux, Ph.D. , senior scientist with the OHSU Vollum Institute and a Howard

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Published in the journals  Ear and Hearing  and  Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics , the research led by Dr Laurence McKenna from University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) and Dr Liz Marks, from Department of Psychology at the University of Bath, found that Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) helps to significantly reduce the severity of tinnitus compared to relaxation-based treatments,

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According to the World Health Organization, over 55 millionTrusted Source people live with dementia globally, with 10 million new cases diagnosed each year. Studies showTrusted Source that the brain undergoes functional and structural changes years before the onset of cognitive impairment. Other research indicatesTrusted Source that metabolic factors such as diabetes, dyslipidemia (having blood lipid levels that are too high or low), and high blood pressure

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Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine are exploring new methods to investigate why an antibiotic causes hair cell death and permanent hearing loss in humans. In a study that was published in the journal  Developmental Cell , the researchers described how they identified the autophagy pathway in hair cells that is connected to the permanent hearing loss caused by the antibiotic

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