NIH Study Uncovers a Starring Role for Supporting Cells in the Inner Ear: Human Trials Planned to Probe the Cell’s Protective Po

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Researchers have found in mice that supporting cells in the inner ear, once thought to serve only a structural role, can actively help repair damaged sensory hair cells, the functional cells that turn vibrations into the electrical signals that the brain recognizes as sound. The study in the July 25, 2013 online edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation reveals … Read More

Help Honor a Veteran in Your Community with the HearStrong Foundation this Veteran’s Day

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Syracuse, NY (October 14, 2013) – This Veteran’s Day, the HearStrong Foundation will honor an individual who has the strength to not only serve his or her country, but to take control of their health, as well. The HearStrong Foundation is currently accepting public nominations to celebrate a veteran who has overcome hearing loss to experience their lives fully. This … Read More

Inner Speech Speaks Volumes about the Brain

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A new study shows that a predictive brain signal could explain why we ‘hear’ inner speech in our heads even in the absence of actual sound. Whether you’re reading the paper or thinking through your schedule for the day, chances are that you’re hearing yourself speak even if you’re not saying words out loud. This internal speech — the monologue … Read More

Children with Ear Deformity May Need Intervention to Improve School Performance

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Children born with a complete absence of the external ear canal, even if only one ear is affected, are more likely than their peers to struggle in school, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Hearing amplification and corrective surgery are available for the condition, called aural atresia. But many children with single ear … Read More

3M and Dangerous Decibels Host International Conference and Public Workshop on Hearing Loss and Prevention in Youth

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Weeklong series of events aim to raise awareness and educate professionals, families and youth about noise-induced hearing loss and the latest trends in prevention. ST. PAUL, Minn.- (BUSINESS WIRE)–Public health experts, school nurses, teachers, students, audiologists, industrial hygienists and media from around the world will convene in St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 15-18 for the Innovations in Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and … Read More

Hearing Health Organizations Issue Warning to WA Consumers

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Joint Statement on the Importance of Seeking Profession Help for Hearing Problems. The Washington State Academy of Audiology (WSAA), Washington Speech-Language Hearing Association (WSLHA), Washington Hearing Society (WHS) and the Northwest Academy of Otolaryngology (NWAO) have joined forces to help inform Washington consumers on the importance of seeking professional hearing care. Growing concern over the unlicensed sale of hearing aids … Read More

EEOC Examines Rights, Challenges of People with Disabilities on Rehab Act Anniversary

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) observed the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act yesterday, a breakthrough federal law for people with disabilities by hearing a variety of experts – including U.S. Senator Tom Harkin – discuss the state of rights and protections for disabled Americans. In three panels entitled “Past,” “Present” and “Future,” witnesses recalled … Read More

With 20,000 Zebrafish, Texas A&M Researcher Tackles Deafness

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COLLEGE STATION — A cure for human deafness just might be swimming alongside the thousands of zebrafish in muggy rooms across the hall from Texas A&M University biologist Bruce Riley’s office, and a recent renewal of a federal grant totaling $1.5 million over five years will move him closer to that goal. Riley studies the inner-ear development of the striped … Read More

Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation R&D Service Awards Funding for Research on Ida Motivational Tools

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NAERUM, DK September 23 — The Rehabilitation R&D Service of the Veterans Administration has awarded funding for a pilot study that will explore whether the Ida Motivation Tools and motivational interviewing techniques can help patients make the behavioral changes necessary to ensure positive hearing aid use. Samantha Lewis, PhD, staff investigator at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center … Read More

Phonak Audeo Q with Integrated Tinnitus Option

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A hearing solution that opens the soundscape of life to people with hearing loss. Warrenville, IL (September XX, 2013) – Optimum hearing and understanding in any situation best describes the quality of hearing that most wearers expect from a hearing device. With Phonak Audéo Q, wearers can enjoy conversations in crowded restaurants or during a walk outside on a windy … Read More