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Hearing Impairment News
September 24, 2020

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Role of Protein in Development of New Hearing Hair Cells

Researchers have conducted a study that has determined the role that a critical protein plays in the development of hair cells. These hair cells are vital for hearing. Some of these cells amplify ...

Keeping the Beat: It's All in Your Brain

How do people coordinate their actions with the sounds they hear? This basic ability, which allows people to cross the street safely while hearing oncoming traffic, dance to new music or perform team ...

Naming Guides How 12-Month-Old Infants Encode and Remember Objects

Even for infants just beginning to speak their first words, the way an object is named guides infants' encoding, representation and memory for that object, according to new research. Encoding objects ...

Hypothesis Underlying the Sensitivity of Mammalian Auditory System Overturned

A new study challenges a decades-old hypothesis on adaptation, a key feature in how sensory cells of the inner ear (hair cells) detect ...
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Common Characteristics of Rare Pediatric Brain Tumors

In a new study, researchers found that pediatric acoustic neuroma patients had similar symptoms to those of adult patients; however, tumor size was typically larger in the pediatric patients at the ...

Science of Sound: Artificial Tones in Perception Experiments Could Be Missing the Mark, Research Finds

Researchers who study how the brain processes sound have discovered the common practice of using artificial tones in perception experiments could mean scientists are overlooking important and ...

Measuring Tape Is a Critical Tool for Following Zika Virus-Exposed Children

A simple measuring tape could be the key to identifying which children could develop neurological and developmental abnormalities from Zika virus exposure during ...

Older Adults Share Fewer Memories as They Age

Researchers used a smartphone app to 'eavesdrop' on older adult conversations. They found that the older a person is, the less likely they are to share memories of past ...

Novel Electric Impulses Relieve the Pain

Chronic pain can be reduced by stimulating the vagus nerve in the ear with electrodes. In a microanatomic study, the human ear has now been analyzed on a micrometer scale. A computer model was ...

Simple Question Can Lead to Remedy for Older Adults' Dizziness and Impaired Balance

Does lying down or turning over in bed make you feel dizzy? This simple question effectively identifies whether a person suffers from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, which is harmless and ...

Similar Brain Glitch Found in Slips of Signing, Speaking

The discovery of a common neural mechanism in speech and ASL errors -- one that occurs in just 40 milliseconds -- could improve recovery in deaf signers after a ...

How Hearing Loss in Old Age Affects the Brain

If your hearing deteriorates in old age, the risk of dementia and cognitive decline increases. So far, it hasn't been clear why. A team of neuroscientists has examined what happens in the brain ...

Physicists Propose New Filter for Blocking High-Pitched Sounds

Need to reduce high-pitched noises? Science may have an answer. Theoretical physicists report that materials made from tapered chains of spherical beads could help dampen sounds that lie at the upper ...

Sound Can Directly Affect Balance and Lead to Risk of Falling

New research highlights the need for more hearing checks among groups at high risk for ...

Hearing Aids May Delay Cognitive Decline

Wearing hearing aids may delay cognitive decline in older adults and improve brain function, according to promising new research. Researchers have tested the use of hearing aids in almost 100 adults ...

Biomarkers of Brain Function May Lead to Clinical Tests for Hidden Hearing Loss

A pair of biomarkers of brain function -- one that represents 'listening effort,' and another that measures ability to process rapid changes in frequencies -- may help to explain why a ...

Researchers Test Hearing by Looking at Dilation of People's Eyes

Neuroscientists have shown that a person's hearing can be assessed by measuring dilation of the pupils in eyes, a method that is as sensitive as traditional methods of testing ...

Poor Sight Causes People to Overstep the Mark

People with vision impairment are more cautious when stepping over obstacles when walking - but increase their risk of falls, according to a new ...

Researchers Reconstruct Spoken Words as Processed in Nonhuman Primate Brains

Using a brain-computer interface, a team of researchers has reconstructed English words from the brain activity of rhesus macaques that listened as the words were ...

A Week in the Dark Rewires Brain Cell Networks and Changes Hearing in Adult Mice

New research reveals how a week in the dark rewires brain cell networks and changes hearing sensitivity in adult mice long after the optimal window for auditory learning has passed. With further ...

Link Between Hearing and Cognition Begins Earlier Than Once Thought

A new study finds that cognitive impairment begins in the earliest stages of age-related hearing loss -- when hearing is still considered ...

Good Noise, Bad Noise: White Noise Improves Hearing

White noise is not the same as other noise -- and even a quiet environment does not have the same effect as white noise. With a background of continuous white noise, hearing pure sounds becomes even ...

New Model for the Way Humans Localize Sounds

One of the enduring puzzles of hearing loss is the decline in a person's ability to determine where a sound originates, a key survival faculty that allows animals to pinpoint the location of ...

For Better Research Results, Let Mice Be Mice

Animal models can serve as gateways for understanding many human communication disorders, but a new study suggests that the established practice of socially isolating mice for such purposes might ...

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