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Researchers Identify New Genes Linked with Hearing Loss

The findings, published in the “American Journal of Human Genetics,” cast doubt on the understanding that age-related hearing impairment originates mainly from sensory hair cells and propose the stria vascularis, a part of the cochlea in the ear, as a new target for treatments to help people with hearing loss.

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Multiple Sclerosis and Hearing Loss

A review and meta-analysis published in “Multiple Sclerosis and Other Related Disorders” examined studies from PubMed (Medline), Scopus, Web of Science, and Embase, from 1970 to July 2021 to find the prevalence of hearing loss among people with multiple sclerosis.

Hear and Beyond: An Interview with Gael Hannan

Gael Hannan is an advocate, author, and speaker who grew up with a progressive hearing loss that is now severe-to-profound. She is a past director on the national board of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) and has served as a speechreading instructor and volunteer for many hearing-related programs. She developed the Hearing Foundation of Canada’s “Sound Sense” hearing awareness program which is delivered to elementary students across Canada, and created a national awareness campaign on infant hearing screening for the same organization.

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Purdue Professor Helped Build SuperCam’s Recording Ability

For two decades, Roger Wiens has built instruments to give humans eyes and a nose on Mars – and now he’s helping add ears as well. Wiens, a professor of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences in the College of Science at Purdue University, and an expert in Mars robotics technology, led the team that built SuperCam, a device on the Perseverance Mars rover that includes a laser for zapping rocks as well as the microphone that brought the first recordings of Mars to Earth.

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Left Brain Asymmetry and Reading Ability

Publishing in the open-access journal “PLOS Biology” on April 5, the study shows that greater left-brain asymmetry can predict both better performance and average performance on a foundational measure of reading ability, depending on whether analysis is conducted over the whole brain or in specific regions.

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Survey Shows Many Unaware of Hearing Loss Comorbidities

New research reveals a discrepancy between Canadians’ top aging concerns and their self-care habits. In a recent survey, nearly three-quarters (71%) of Canadians identified memory loss or dementia as their number one health concern as they age. However, the majority (85%) are unaware that untreated hearing loss is associated with comorbidities like dementia and can also have a significant impact on depression and anxiety.

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Evaluation of Apple AirPods Pro with Conversation Boost and Ambient Noise Reduction for People with Hearing Loss in Noisy Environments

How effective are the Conversation Boost (CB) and Ambient Noise Reduction (ANR) features in the extremely popular Apple Airpods Pro? Research at the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) show an improvement in SII-weighted SNR of around 7 dB for a talker located in front of the listener in a noisy environment for the CB-on and ANR-100% condition.

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Lineage Cell Therapeutics Announces Auditory Neuronal Cell Transplant

Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc (NYSE American and TASE: LCTX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing allogeneic cell therapies for unmet medical needs, announced that the Company is expanding its novel cell therapy pipeline to include a new investigational product candidate, an auditory neuronal cell transplant for the treatment of hearing loss, with an initial focus on the treatment of auditory neuropathy spectrum disorders.

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