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Turn down the iPod to save your hearing
Professor Chava Muchnick of Tel Aviv University has published a study that clearly demonstrates that harmful music-listening habits among teens could result in hearing problems much earlier than expected from natural aging. She recommends that both schools and parents provide early education on hearing health to stem the risk. (2011-12-28)

Do you hear what I hear? Noise exposure surrounds us
Nine out of 10 city dwellers may have enough harmful noise exposure to risk hearing loss, and most of that exposure comes from leisure activities. (2011-12-21)

UC Irvine researchers urge caution when buying noisy toys
While Road Rippers Lightning Rods, Let's Rock Elmo and the I Am T-Pain musical microphone might be sought-after gifts this holiday season, parents should ensure that their children don't risk permanent hearing damage by misusing them. (2011-12-16)

People with DFNA2 hearing loss show increased touch sensitivity
People with a certain form of inherited hearing loss have increased sensitivity to low frequency vibration, according to a study by Professor Thomas Jentsch of the Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie/Max Delbrück Center Berlin-Buch and Professor Gary Lewin, conducted in cooperation with clinicians from Madrid, Spain and Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The research findings, which were published in Nature Neuroscience, reveal previously unknown relationships between hearing loss and touch sensitivity. (2011-12-09)

Sound and vision work hand in hand, UCLA psychologists report
Our senses of sight and hearing work closely together, perhaps more so than people realize, a new UCLA psychology study shows. (2011-12-08)

Even unconsciously, sound helps us see
Imagine you are playing ping-pong with a friend. Your friend makes a serve. Information about where and when the ball hit the table is provided by both vision and hearing. And this is how the senses interact in how we perceive the world. (2011-12-02)

Study by deaf Oregon researcher breaks new ground in understanding drug-induced deafness
An Oregon Health & Science University researcher has published research that gives scientists new insight into why a specific class of antibiotics causes deafness. It's the same class of antibiotics that caused the researcher's deafness as a child in England 48 years ago. (2011-11-30)

2 Tufts faculty honored by Obama for mentoring students in science and engineering
Peggy Cebe, professor of physics in the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, and Karen Panetta, professor of electrical and computer engineering in Tufts' School of Engineering, have won the Presidential Award for Excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics mentoring. Tufts is the only institution to have two faculty members honored and the only Boston-area institution to be honored. (2011-11-22)

Critical molecules for hearing and balance discovered
Researchers have found long-sought genes in the sensory hair cells of the inner ear that, when mutated, prevent sound waves from being converted to electric signals -- a fundamental first step in hearing. The team, co-led by Jeffrey Holt, Ph.D., in the department of otolaryngology at Children's Hospital Boston, and Andrew Griffith, MD, Ph.D., of the NIH's National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), then restored these electrical signals in the sensory cells of deaf mice by introducing normal genes. (2011-11-21)

NIH researchers identify key proteins of inner ear transduction channel
National Institutes of Health-funded researchers have identified two proteins that may be the key components of the long-sought after mechanotransduction channel in the inner ear -- the place where the mechanical stimulation of sound waves is transformed into electrical signals that the brain recognizes as sound. (2011-11-21)

UT Dallas research widens study of brain's role in tinnitus
Neuroscientists at the University of Texas at Dallas are examining whether multiple areas of the brain are culpable in causing tinnitus, research that could enable new medical interventions against the disabling effects of severe (2011-11-21)

Awards honor UT Dallas researcher and Ph.D. students
UT Dallas students and faculty have won three competitive awards from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), which will present the prizes at its annual conference this week in San Diego. The awards were competitively granted to national and international candidates based on peer-reviewed measures of excellence. The ASHA Program Committee considered a record number of proposals and candidates this year. More than 12,000 people are expected to attend the annual professional meeting Nov. 17-19. (2011-11-16)

Visual language, cognition and deaf education topics of summit
How deaf children learn to read will be one of the topics of a conference at UC Davis Nov. 18-19. The Visual Learning Summit is co-sponsored by the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain, Gallaudet University's Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning, and the departments of psychology and linguistics at UC Davis. (2011-11-15)

Report: More than half of people arrested for Islamic terrorist activities were American citizens
Sixty percent of people arrested for Islamic terrorist activities between January 2009 and April 2011 were American citizens, according to a new report from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The study of 104 people who were arrested included US and non-US citizens living in America or abroad. (2011-11-15)

Bats show ability to change their ear shapes, making their hearing more flexible
In about 100 milliseconds, horseshoe bats can alter his ear shape significantly in ways that would suit different acoustic sensing tasks. A blink of the eye takes two to three times longer. (2011-11-14)

1 in 5 Americans has hearing loss
Nearly a fifth of all Americans 12 years or older have hearing loss so severe that it may make communication difficult, according to a new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers and published in the Nov. 14 Archives of Internal Medicine. The findings, thought to be the first nationally representative estimate of hearing loss, suggest that many more people than previously thought are affected by this condition. (2011-11-14)

Technology enables Colorado specialists to test Guam infant for hearing loss
Venerannda Leon Guerrero cradled her slumbering infant in her arms in a CEDDERS testing center at the University of Guam as she watched an audiologist in Colorado conduct a diagnostic test to determine whether or not her baby has a hearing loss. The remote test was held on Oct. 19 and marked the first technology-enabled distance diagnostic testing for hearing loss on very young infants on island. (2011-10-26)

Elderly long-term care residents suffer cognitively during disasters
In a summer with unprecedented weather events, from tornadoes, floods, fires and hurricanes, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing found that physiological changes associated with aging and the presence of chronic illness make older adults more susceptible to illness or injury, even death, during a disaster. (2011-10-21)

Rebuilding the head of an armoured dinosaur
A University of Alberta-led research team has taken a rare look inside the skull of a dinosaur and come away with unprecedented details on the brain and nasal passages of the 72 million year old animal. (2011-09-29)

Diagnosing hearing loss at a fraction of the time and cost
Prof. Karen Avraham of Tel Aviv University used (2011-09-14)

Exome sequencing: Defining hereditary deafness
New research published in Genome Biology regarding hereditary deafness has identified six critical genetic mutations in Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Arab families. This genomic analysis will allow the prediction of how a child's hearing loss will progress. (2011-09-14)

Science finding is music to the ears
A study led by Canadian researchers has found the first evidence that lifelong musicians experience less age-related hearing problems than non-musicians. (2011-09-13)

Tinnitus discovery could lead to new ways to stop the ringing
People with tinnitus -- a constant ringing or buzzing in the ears -- can take heart from a new study by UC Berkeley neuroscientists that points to several new strategies for alleviating the problem. In experiments on rats, Shaowen Bao has shown that tinnitus results from decreased inhibition in the auditory cortex. Thus, training that boosts inhibition or drugs that increase the levels of inhibitory neurotransmitter may alleviate the symptoms. (2011-09-12)

Pew Health Group to testify on US drug safety
Pew Health Group's Allan Coukell testifying before Senate hearing about need for Congressional action to ensure the safety of the US drug supply. (2011-09-09)

Growth hormone helps repair the zebrafish ear
Loud noise, especially repeated loud noise, is known to cause irreversible damage to the hair cells inside the cochlea and eventually lead to deafness. In mammals this is irreversible, however both birds and fish are able to re-grow the damaged hair cells and restore hearing. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Neuroscience shows that growth hormone is involved in this regeneration in zebrafish. (2011-09-02)

Mild hearing loss linked to brain atrophy in older adults
A new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows that declines in hearing ability may accelerate gray mater atrophy in auditory areas of the brain and increase the listening effort necessary for older adults to successfully comprehend speech. (2011-08-30)

Ancient whale skulls and directional hearing: A twisted tale
Skewed skulls may have helped early whales find the direction of sounds in water and are not solely, as previously thought, a later adaptation related to echolocation. Scientists affiliated with the University of Michigan and funded by the National Science Foundation report the finding in a paper published online this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2011-08-23)

Study finds new role for protein in hearing
University of Iowa scientists have discovered a new role for a protein that is mutated in Usher syndrome, one of the most common forms of deaf-blindness in humans. The findings, which were published Aug. 8 in Nature Neuroscience, may help explain why this mutation causes the most severe form of the condition. (2011-08-15)

LSUHSC research with tropical frogs shedding light on human hearing and attention disorders
A study conducted by Hamilton Farris, Ph.D., research assistant professor of neuroscience and otorhinolaryngology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, reveals new information about the way tungara frogs in the tropical rain forest hear, sort, and process sounds which is very similar to the way humans do. The knowledge could be applicable to communication disorders associated with hearing loss and attention deficits or difficulties. (2011-08-02)

Revolutionary biodegradable pellet targets glue ear infection
A revolutionary biodegradable pellet which slowly releases antibiotics into the middle ear could transform the lives of thousands of children who suffer from glue ear. (2011-08-02)

Motorcycle helmets hard on hearing
Motorcycle helmets, while protecting bikers' brains, may also be contributing to hearing loss. Scientists mapped the airflow and noise patterns to find out why. (2011-07-29)

Pew calls on Congress to ensure US drug safety
Allan Coukell, director of medical programs for the Pew Health Group, issued the following statement today on a US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing, (2011-07-28)

Another danger of secondhand smoke -- hearing loss
NYU School of Medicine researchers report in a new study that exposure to tobacco smoke nearly doubles the risk of hearing loss among adolescents. The study is published in the July 2011, issue of Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery. (2011-07-18)

Exposure to secondhand smoke associated with hearing loss in adolescents
Exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with increased risk of hearing loss among adolescents, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2011-07-18)

Keeping up your overall health may keep dementia away
Improving and maintaining health factors not traditionally associated with dementia, such as denture fit, vision and hearing, may lower a person's risk for developing dementia, according to a new study published in the July 13, 2011, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2011-07-13)

No speech without hearing
Hearing has a key role in the acquisition of speech, but 2 of every 1000 children are born with a hearing impairment. Early diagnosis and treatment can help these children learn to speak. In the latest issue of Deutsches Arzteblatt International, Martin Ptok of Hannover Medical School explores whether screening of newborns reliably detects hearing defects, the benefits of early diagnosis, and the potential risks of newborn hearing screening. (2011-07-07)

Institute of Physics announces 2011 award winners
The Institute of Physics on Monday, July 4 2011, announced this year's award winners with the Isaac Newton Medal, IOP's international medal, going to theoretical condensed matter physicist Professor Leo Kadanoff for his outstanding contributions to physics. (2011-07-04)

The loudest animal is recorded for the first time
The loudest animal on earth, relative to its body size, is a tiny water boatman, scientists have shown. The sound is within human hearing range and at 99.2 decibels it represents the equivalent of listening to an orchestra play loudly while sitting in the front row. This work will be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology Annual Conference in Glasgow on July 2, 2011. (2011-07-01)

Treatment approach to human Usher syndrome: Small molecules ignore stop signals
Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany have now developed a new Usher treatment approach. (2011-07-01)

Helping deaf people to enjoy music again
Researchers from the University of Southampton are investigating how to help deaf people, who have received a cochlear implant, to get more enjoyment from music. (2011-06-23)

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