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Genes for Speech Not Limited to Humans

According to a study published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, our current understanding that mice have either no, or very limited, neural circuitry and genes like those that regulate human speech is incorrect. The protein that regulates speech production in humans, also affects vocalization patterns in mice and other mammals.

Brain Waves Must Synchronize to Understand Speech

Neuroscience researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) in Switzerland have confirmed that speech produces an electrical activity in neuronal circuits that can be measured in the form of cortical oscillations, or brain waves. Their study confirms the significance of certain brain waves and how they must synchronize to decipher spoken language.

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Music Benefits Across Lifespan: Enhanced Processing of Speech in Noise

Intriguing research continues to focus on music, the brain, and music’s potential in honing auditory acuity, including speech-in-noise performance and the enhancement of listening abilities. Drs Nina Kraus and Samira Anderson explain why these exciting findings may have big implications for auditory training and aural rehabilitation.

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It May Be Mild, Slight, or Minimal, But It’s Not Insignificant

The literature shows that there is a significant group of individuals with mild hearing loss who do experience reduced speech understanding in everyday listening situations. If these clients demonstrate a positive attitude to hearing aids, there is no reason to suggest that their benefit from amplification will be any less than those with greater hearing loss.

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