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Study observes no association between cell phone use and auditory tumors
The risk of acoustic neuroma, or auditory tumor, was unrelated to the frequency and duration of cellular telephone use, according to a study published in the April 23 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2002-04-22)
Devices that emit sounds to track medical status or pinpoint military targets may cause mistakes
New research reveals that people misperceive how sounds change when both their pitch and loudness change. (2002-03-31)
Echolocating bats, with their highly specialized auditory behaviors, have provided some of the clearest examples of structure/function relationships in the auditory cortex. (2002-02-12)
Researchers identify gene in rare form of epilepsy
Columbia Health Sciences researchers have identified a gene implicated in a rare form of epilepsy, a finding that could provide insights into the cause of common epilepsy. (2002-02-04)
Impact of NICU environment on neurodevelopment of premature babies focus of University of South Florida conference
The latest findings on how the environment (light, noise, odors, painful procedures) in neonatal intensive care units impact the neurosensory development of premature babies will be featured at a conference Jan.13 to 16 in Clearwater Beach, FL. (2002-01-11)
Individual neurons reveal complexity of memory within the brain
An investigation of the activity of individual human nerve cells during the act of memory indicates that the brain's nerve cells are even more specialized than many people think - no pun intended. (2002-01-03)
Jumpy reflex is defence mechanism, researchers find
University of Toronto researchers have discovered that the main purpose of the startle reflex -- the mechanism that makes people twitch at sudden loud noises -- is to protect the body against blows. (2001-12-11)
Brains of deaf people rewire to 'hear' music
Deaf people sense vibration in the part of the brain that other people use for hearing - which helps explain how deaf musicians can sense music, and how deaf people can enjoy concerts and other musical events. (2001-11-27)
Deaf woman receives two cochlear implants in pioneer study at NYU Medical Center
NYU Medical Center surgeons will implant a multichannel cochlear implant in each ear of a deaf women as part of a pioneering study that will determine whether pitch- matching the devices allow recipients to better localize sound, to hear the sounds of speech more naturally, and to hear better in noisy environments compared to patients who only receive one implant. (2001-07-20)
New technique for sound transmission makes sweet music on Internet
A new technology for transmitting audio that taps into the subtleties of human sound recognition could make listening to your favorite song on the Internet as clear and uninterrupted as tuning in on a radio - even if your computer is a 90-pound weakling in the bandwidth department. (2001-05-13)
Operation of self-aiming camera modeled on how part of brain works
By recognizing visual and audio cues, a self-aiming camera being developed at the University of Illinois can tell the difference between an airplane and an albatross. (2001-04-30)
Effects of iron-deficiency anemia in infants linger
Infants with iron-deficiency anemia may suffer long-lasting central nervous system effects even with early treatment, say researchers at University of Michigan and the University of Chile. (2001-04-29)
Georgetown researchers make important discovery about areas of brain used in hearing
Two specialized areas of the brain are responsible for certain auditory functions, a team of Georgetown researchers led by Josef P. (2001-04-12)
License agreement signed to commercialize intelligent hearing aid
For someone with partial hearing loss, picking out a voice in a crowded social gathering can be hard, even with the help of a hearing aid. (2001-04-01)
Study of schizophrenia patients who hear 'voices' to continue at Yale with over $600,000 in grants from NIMH, Dana and Donaghue Foundations
Research at Yale looking at the causes and treatment of auditory hallucinations or (2001-03-26)
Source of 'Ringing of the Ears' extends beyond hearing systems
Tinnitus-a ringing in the ears that affects millions of people-may be related to visual as well as auditory brain activity, according to a study in the February 27 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2001-02-26)
It's a mumble out there
A U.S. Patent has just been issued for the invention first reported on two years ago that introduces antioxidants to the inner ear to not only reduce damage to auditory tissues and reduce hearing loss due to noise, but - in some cases - to actually reverse it. (2001-02-13)
Area of brain found to play key role in initiating memory storage
Flee, freeze or fight. A response to a threat is based on experience and memory. (2001-02-01)
Deaf children who get cochlear implants earliest get the biggest language boost, large study finds
The younger deaf and hearing-impaired children are when a cochlear implant awakens their hearing, the better they will do on speech recognition tests later in life, according to the new results of the largest and most carefully designed study of its kind. (2001-01-01)
Men do hear -- but differently than women, brain images show
Research conducted at the Indiana University School of Medicine may help resolve an age-old dilemma between the sexes. (2000-11-27)
Progress in auditory hair cell studies in birds points way to possible human hearing improvement
Scientists have known for years that birds' ears do something human ears cannot: when hair cells in the avian ear are destroyed, the bird goes deaf only temporarily. (2000-10-22)
Researchers trace roots of vivid memories
HHMI researchers have found that calling up vivid memories -- the face of a loved one or the chords of a favorite song -- activates regions of the brain responsible for processing sensory experiences. (2000-09-25)
Researcher proves fetuses hears at 30 weeks
Reseachers at Queen's University have demonstrated for the first time that the human fetus can hear by the eighth month of pregnancy. (2000-09-21)
Walking in their shoes - psychiatrists experience the virtual reality of schizophrenia
Janssen Pharmaceutica today unveiled Paved with Fear, using state of the art technology to simulate the experience of having schizophrenia. (2000-09-10)
Hearing loss a threat to children who survive 'stiff lung' condition at birth
Children who survive a condition at birth in which their lungs are too stiff to saturate their blood with enough oxygen may be at increased risk for progressive hearing loss and need periodic hearing tests, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill physician. (2000-08-14)
Rare hallucinations make music in the mind
Some hear choruses singing folk songs, others hear Mozart or even the Glenn Miller Orchestra -- but there is no music; they are hallucinating. (2000-08-07)
Helping to better understand the development and maturation of the auditory pathway
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have discovered the function of a group of nerve fibers that originates in the brain stem and fires off signals even before newborn rats can hear. (2000-06-28)
Northwestern researchers clone gene responsible for inner ear motor
Hearing scientists and molecular biologists at Northwestern University have cloned a gene, named after the musical notation presto, that is critical to the functioning of the outer hair cell, a sensory receptor cell unique to the mammalian inner ear. (2000-05-09)
Infant hearing screening program detects hearing loss at significantly early age
Results of a New York State infant hearing screening project, published in the April 2000 issue of Ear and Hearing, show that universal newborn hearing screening programs can help meet national goals for identification of and intervention for hearing impairment, says Syracuse University associate professor Beth Prieve. (2000-04-05)
UMass exercise scientist studies how age affects upper-body motion and balance
UMass exercise science Professor Richard E.A.Van Emmerik is conducting research into how aging changes upper-body motion and the ability to maintain balance while walking. (2000-03-01)
Gene mutation tied to deafness found in African-Americans and Caucasians
A new study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the first to establish that a mutation in a gene associated with about 20 percent of all cases of hereditary deafness found in whites is also found in blacks. (1999-10-19)
Dyslexic children use nearly five times the brain area to perform an ordinary language task as normal children
Dylexic children use nearly five times the brain area as normal children while performing a simple language task, according to a University of Washington study. (1999-10-04)
Component of aspirin prevents antibiotic-induced deafness
University of Michigan scientists have found that salicylate- --the active component of ordinary aspirin---can prevent deafness in guinea pigs exposed to a common class of antibiotics that destroy delicate hair cells in the inner ear. (1999-07-13)
Using spatial illusion to learn how the brain processes sound
In a paper published in the June 17 issue of Nature, U-M scientist describe how localization errors made by nerve cells in the brains of cats exposed to filtered sounds are consistent with errors made by humans in previous experiments. (1999-06-16)
UCSF-Led Team Offers New Insight Into Neurological Basis Of Dyslexia
Researchers are reporting direct neurological evidence that the region of the brain that processes brief, rapidly successive sounds is functionally abnormal in adults with the reading disability known as dyslexia. (1999-05-25)
Cochlear Implant Increases Access To Mainstream Education
Researchers at Johns Hopkins report that profoundly deaf children receiving a cochlear implant are more apt to be fully mainstreamed in school and use fewer school support services than similarly deaf children without an implant. (1999-04-29)
UI Researcher Finding Ways To Make Cochlear Implants Better Mimic Normal Hearing
Using a computer model, Jay Rubinstein, M.D., Ph.D., a University of Iowa assistant professor of otolaryngology, and physiology and biophysics, has found a way to better mimic the natural spontaneous activity of the normal cochlea, which could lead to improved hearing for people who rely on cochlear implants. (1999-03-01)
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