Hearing Industry Pioneer Rufus L. Grason Dies

BHI Mini-Documentary on Hearing Care to Air on PBS

California Sends Hearing Aid Insurance Mandate to Governor

Mayo Clinic to Hold 17th Annual Audiology Videoconference

Michael Jones Joins Sound ID

UK Survey Reveals 20 Best and 20 Worst Sounds

Starkey Hearing Foundation Appears on Extreme Makeover

Two Studies Link Presbycusis to Genes

Study Points to Possible Tinnitus Treatment with Botox

New Algorithm Analyzes Silent Parts of Speech

Sonomax Purchases VitaSound Audio in Canada

• Scientists in London have discovered evidence of a gene that contributes to presbycusis. The research, published in the journal Human Mutation, could eventually lead to treatments being developed to prevent age-related hearing loss.

• The largest study ever to analyze the hearing of women on hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) has found that women who take the most common form of HRT have a hearing loss of 10% to 30% more compared to similar women who have not had the therapy. The results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

• Researchers have identified several risk factors that are associated with the development of hearing loss in children with bacterial meningitis, according to a study in the September Archives of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery.

• Otologics LLC, Boulder, Colo, is currently enrolling patients in a clinical research study for a new fully implantable hearing device.

• For the first time, researchers believe they have evidence that not only implicates nicotine as the culprit in hearing-related cognitive deficits, but also shows what the substance does to the brain.

• A literature review by the Medical Technology Assessment Working Group at Duke University shows that hearing loss can contribute to strained relationships with family and friends, depression, and even a deterioration of basic well-being, but only 1 in 5 Americans who could benefit from a hearing aid has one.

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