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Study raises expectations for improved language skills in the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Universal screening of newborns for hearing loss before they leave the hospital is not enough to improve language skills of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. At least 40 percent of children with a hearing loss have the capacity for higher language levels -- beyond what test scores indicate. (2017-09-25)

Usher syndrome: Gene therapy restores hearing and balance
Scientists from the Institut Pasteur, Inserm, the CNRS, Collège de France, University Pierre et Marie Curie, and University Clermont Auvergne, have recently restored hearing and balance in a mouse model of Usher syndrome type 1G characterized by profound congenital deafness and vestibular disorders caused by severe dysmorphogenesis of the mechanoelectrical transduction apparatus of the inner ear's sensory cells. These findings open up new possibilities for the development of gene therapy treatments for hereditary forms of deafness. (2017-09-22)

New assay leads to step toward gene therapy for deaf patients
Scientists at have taken an important step toward gene therapy for deaf patients by developing a way to better study a large protein essential for hearing and finding a truncated version of it. (2017-09-18)

Deafness in farmed salmon linked to accelerated growth
Half of the world's farmed salmon are part deaf due to accelerated growth rates in aquaculture, new research has found. The results now offer a better understanding of the effects of a common inner ear deformity, and some specific actions to tackle this welfare issue. (2017-08-16)

Neurobiology: Use it or lose it
An Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich study reveals that sound-evoked activity of neurons in the auditory system of the mouse increases the thickness of their myelin sheaths -- and enhances the speed of signal transmission -- both during development and in the adult brain. (2017-08-02)

Babies with hearing loss form better vocabulary with early intervention
A new study published in Pediatrics found that babies with hearing loss who are diagnosed by three months and receive interventions by six months have broader vocabularies than those treated later. It also found that nearly half don't meet early intervention guidelines. (2017-07-13)

New research identifies key mechanism behind some deafness
Although the basic outlines of human hearing have been known for years -- sensory cells in the inner ear turn sound waves into the electrical signals that the brain understands as sound -- the molecular details have remained elusive. New research has identified a crucial protein in this translation process. (2017-06-29)

Oral communication provides better outcomes for children with cochlear implants
In a new, multisite study of deaf children with cochlear implants, UT Dallas researchers have found that children with either no exposure or limited exposure to sign language end up with better auditory, speaking and reading skills later. The paper is one of the first nationwide longitudinal studies of how sign language exposure affects young cochlear implant recipients. (2017-06-12)

Recommended daily protein intake too low for the elderly
The minimum protein requirement for healthy adults has been set almost 15 years ago to 0.80 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. There is a growing body of evidence that this recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is not sufficient for older persons and that they would benefit from eating more proteins. (2017-05-23)

Right-or left-handedness affects sign language comprehension
The speed at which sign language users understand what others are 'saying' to them depends on whether the conversation partners are left- or right-handed, a new study has found. (2017-05-09)

Expert unravels disease that took the hearing of world-famous painter
Francisco Goya is the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th century. In 1793, Goya, then 46, came down with a severe, undiagnosed illness. His hearing never returned. Now, a hearing expert has developed a diagnosis. She thinks Goya likely suffered from an autoimmune disease. (2017-04-28)

When writing interferes with hearing
A cochlear implant is an electronic device capable of restoring hearing in a profoundly deaf person by stimulating the nerve endings in the inner ear. However, results can be extremely variable. Using brain imaging techniques, a neuroscientist from University of Geneva and a Parisian ENT surgeon have managed to predict the success of a cochlear implant among people who became profoundly deaf in their adult life. This research may be found in Nature Communications. (2017-03-28)

Novel gene therapy experiment offers hope for people with certain hearing loss and dizziness disorder
In a first-of-its-kind study published in the March 1, 2017 edition of Molecular Therapy, researchers from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine showed that gene therapy was able to restore balance and hearing in genetically modified mice that mimic Usher Syndrome, a genetic condition in humans characterized by partial or total hearing loss, dizziness, and vision loss that worsens over time. (2017-03-23)

RIT professor becomes first US scientist to serve as visiting scholar for EACH program
Rochester Institute of Technology became an associate partner with the Excellence in Analytical CHemistry (EACH) program. The goal is to further facilitate cultural exchanges for analytical chemistry faculty and students with Europe.Todd Pagano, professor of chemistry and associate dean for Teaching and Scholarship Excellence at RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, was the first faculty member from RIT -- and the first US scientist -- to participate in the EACH program as a visiting scholar last month at Uppsala University in Sweden. (2017-03-07)

Study aims to see how children with cochlear implants learn words
A new study at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is examining how children with cochlear implants learn new words differently than children with normal hearing. Though implants allow children to hear, many still struggle with language skills for years because learning words with the aid of cochlear implants isn't the same as learning naturally with normal hearing. (2017-02-27)

Accepting and adapting are keys to sustaining a career after acquired hearing loss
For adults who acquire severe hearing loss, accepting and adapting to the loss play key roles in sustaining a career and thriving in the workplace, new research from Oregon State University indicates. (2017-02-22)

Public health experts celebrate 30 years of CDC's prevention research solutions for communities with health disparities
It has been 30 years since CDC created the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program, currently a network of 26 academic institutions across the US dedicated to moving new discoveries into the communities that need them. Marking this milestone, key members of the PRC Network community share their insights and commentaries to provide an insiders' perspective on the past, present, and future of the PRC Program in a special supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. (2017-02-16)

RIT selected to receive National Science Foundation I-Corps grant
Rochester Institute of Technology is among eight National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) sites across the country selected to each receive $30,000 grants to increase participation and promote inclusion of underrepresented populations in the National Innovation Network. (2017-02-16)

Sign language users have better reaction times and peripheral vision
People who use British Sign Language have better reaction times in their peripheral vision, a new study from the University of Sheffield has found. (2017-02-06)

Gene therapy restores hearing in deaf mice...down to a whisper
In the summer of 2015, a team at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School reported restoring rudimentary hearing in genetically deaf mice using gene therapy. Now the Boston Children's research team reports restoring a much higher level of hearing -- down to 25 decibels, the equivalent of a whisper -- using an improved gene therapy vector developed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. (2017-02-06)

New research paints a merciless picture of life as a deaf-blind person
It is like being in a dirty glass jar, unable to reach out and with acquaintances passing by without saying hello. New research from the Sahlgrenska Academy paints a merciless picture of life with acquired deaf-blindness. (2017-02-03)

Wearable sensor device helps visually impaired to sense their environment
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a wearable assistive device for the visually impaired, which enables them to sense their environment and move around more safely. (2017-01-10)

UNC scientists named to European Union-funded global Zika research consortium
Two researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have been named to a global consortium for Zika research and vaccine development. Aravinda de Silva, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, and Stefan Metz, PhD, a post-doc in de Silva's lab, make up one of only two US teams to be named to the European Union-funded worldwide initiative. Sponsored by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme, the consortium is investing $49 million in Zika research across the globe. (2016-11-07)

How human brains do language: 1 system, 2 channels
Contrary to popular belief, language is not limited to speech. In a recent study published in the journal PNAS, Northeastern University Professor Iris Berent reveals that people also apply the rules of their spoken language to sign language. (2016-11-07)

Jumping spiders can hear sound without eardrums
There really is a 'spider sense.' With help from Binghamton University's Ron Miles, researchers found that despite not having ears -- or ear drums -- jumping spiders can perceive airborne sound. (2016-10-31)

RIT/NTID awarded $443,000 National Science Foundation grant for educational training
Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf has been awarded a $443,200 grant from the National Science Foundation to provide additional training for faculty in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines who teach classes in which deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing students are present. The three-year grant will help develop an 'accessibility toolkit' for faculty who are searching for viable ways to adapt their teaching methodologies to accommodate the learning needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. (2016-10-12)

RIT/NTID audiologist earns 2016 Oticon Focus on People award
Catherine Clark, an audiologist and faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, is among the individuals honored by the 2016 Oticon Focus on People Awards, a national competition that celebrates people who are helping to eliminate negative stereotypes of what it means to be deaf or hard of hearing. (2016-10-06)

RIT awarded nearly $1 million from NSF to develop food waste solutions
Callie Babbitt, an associate professor at Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano Institute for Sustainability, has received a nearly $1 million award from the National Science Foundation to research sustainable solutions for minimizing and managing the growing and complex challenges of food waste generated across the food supply chain. (2016-10-05)

RIT/Xamarin collaboration to provide opportunities for deaf, hard-of-hearing students
When faculty members at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf were creating a new degree program in mobile application development, they looked to cross-platform developer Xamarin Inc. for guidance and expertise. The result of this collaboration is the fall launch of a new academic program, which recently received approval by the New York State Education Department and earned a grant from the National Science Foundation of more than $820,000. (2016-08-09)

NIH grant provides postdoctoral research, teaching experience for deaf students
A nearly $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will help advance research, teaching experiences and career preparation in the biomedical and behavioral sciences fields for deaf and hard-of-hearing postdoctoral students. (2016-07-22)

The architecture of audition
The neural architecture in the auditory cortex -- the part of the brain that processes sound -- of profoundly deaf and hearing people is virtually identical, a new study has found. The study raises a host of new questions about the role of experience in processing sensory information, and could point the way toward potential new avenues for treating deafness. (2016-07-17)

RIT/NTID receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Innovation Generation Grant
Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf has received a grant for $30,000 as part of the Innovation Generation Grant program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions Inc. Through the grant, RIT/NTID will fund its Tech Girlz and Tech Boyz outreach programs. (2016-07-14)

Researchers study how cochlear implants affect brain circuits
Supported by a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, researchers at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain are working to understand why some children respond better to cochlear implants than others. (2016-06-30)

On Canada Day, celebrate 'lost stories' from coast to coast to coast
Ronald Rudin, a professor in Concordia's Department of History, has received funding from the federal Department of Canadian Heritage to unearth some of these lesser-known tales in time for Canada Day 2017. (2016-06-29)

Clay country poet suffered from congenital syphilis
Cornish 'Poet of the Clay' Jack Clemo became blind and deaf because of congenital syphilis inherited from his father, a new University of Exeter study has found. (2016-05-31)

NIH study adapts Health Information National Trends Survey into ASL
A Rochester Institute of Technology researcher is investigating how deaf adults, proficient in American Sign Language, use the Internet for health-related information. Poorna Kushalnagar won $438,104 grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a biennial Health Information National Trends Survey for ASL users. (2016-05-11)

Dr. Dean Bok awarded prestigious Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research
Noted vision researcher Dr. Dean Bok of UCLA will today receive the prestigious 2016 Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research. Keller Johnson-Thompson, a member of the Helen Keller family, will present the prize. (2016-05-03)

Alan R. Palmer awarded the William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience
Alan R. Palmer of the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham, UK has been named recipient of the William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). (2016-05-03)

RIT/NTID holds Student Research Fair April 15
Nearly 30 deaf and hard-of-hearing student researchers will present their work on April 15 at the first-ever NTID Student Research Fair, hosted by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. (2016-04-14)

NIH study seeks to improve quality-of-life measure for deaf and hard-of-hearing people
Improving the health of the deaf and hard-of-hearing population through accessible patient-reported outcome measures is the goal of a $1.6 million National Institutes of Health-funded study, led by Rochester Institute of Technology. (2016-03-28)

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