Category: Research



U of Miami Researchers to Study Hearing Loss in Usher Syndrome

The NIH grant will fund Miller School research aimed at developing and testing novel therapy approaches with gene editing. Gene editing is a group of technologies that allow scientists to change an organism's DNA. CRISPR-Cas9 is a popular gene editing technology developed to treat genetic disorders.

Lower Brain Tissue Oxygenation Can Cause Falls

Researchers from Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) and the Department of Medical Physics at St James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin have discovered that brain tissue oxygenation is lower in frailer older adults with multiple health conditions (multi-morbidity), putting them at risk of faints and falls.

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Researchers Find Crocodiles Can Create New Hair Cells

Impaired hearing affects over 1.2 billion people worldwide. But crocodiles, who live almost as long as humans and can surpass 70 years of age, have good hearing throughout their lives. One reason is because crocodiles can create new hair cells, and a research group from Uppsala University is now on the path to finding out why.

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Research Shows Hearing Issues Common in Cancer Survivors

While children receiving chemotherapy routinely undergo hearing tests, adults don’t, and a new study by UC San Francisco (UCSF) reports for the first time that significant hearing issues often occur among adult survivors of the most common forms of cancer. The researchers found that more than half the survivors in their study who had been treated with chemotherapy experienced significant hearing problems.

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UNT Receives $300K Grant to Study Hearing Aid Adoption

Faculty in the University of North Texas (UNT) College of Health and Public Service Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology received a $300,000 grant from the Hearing Industry Research Consortium to determine how emotions, psychological well-being, social relationships, stress, and other factors impact whether adults continue to use hearing aids once they’re purchased, according to an announcement from UNT.

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Musicians and SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

The latest research from the labs of Penn scientists Paulo Arratia and Douglas Jerolmack was an answer to “a call for help,” says Arratia. It was 2020, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, like so many cultural institutions, had suspended performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Researchers Develop Seaweed-based Sound Absorber

From airplanes to apartments, most spaces are now designed with sound-absorbing materials that help dampen the droning, echoing, and murmuring sounds of everyday life. But most of the acoustic materials that can cancel out human voices, traffic, and music are made from plastic foams that aren’t easily recycled or degraded.

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Babies Learn Language Within Hours of Birth

The study, with international contributors including Gary Oppenheim and Guillaume Thierry of Bangor University’s School of Human and Behavioural Sciences, worked with newborns, starting within just minutes of their birth using a combination of vowels played forward (that is, naturally) and played backwards (a time-reversed version of the sound).

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Gestures Can Improve Understanding in People with Aphasia

When words fail, gestures can improve understanding – especially for people who have a language disorder. An international research team has now shown that listeners attend the gestures of people with aphasia more often and for much longer than previously thought. This has implications for the use of gestures in speech therapy. An article detailing the research appears on the University of Zurich website.

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