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Johns Hopkins Medicine - Before the fluid of the middle ear drains and sound waves penetrate for the first time, the inner ear cells of newborn rodents practice for their big debut. Researchers at Johns Hopkins report they have figured out the molecular chain of events that enables the cells to make "sounds" on their own, essentially "practicing" their ability

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Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine finding holds promise for repairing damaged hearing. Hearing is made possible when hair bundles protruding from the tops of hair cells capture the energy of sound waves, converting them into electrical signals that stimulate the auditory nerve to the brain. These hair bundles are made up of individual hair-like projections, or stereocilia, which

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Using lasers to manipulate brain activity, researchers zero in on mechanisms underlying key hearing phenomena. PHILADELPHIA - Being able to understand speech is essential to our evolution as humans. Hearing lets us perceive the same word even when spoken at different speeds or pitches, and also gives us extra sensitivity to unexpected sounds. Now, new studies from the Perelman School

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University of British Columbia - Inhibiting infants' tongue movements impedes their ability to distinguish between speech sounds, researchers with the University of British Columbia have found. The study is the first to discover a direct link between infants' oral-motor movements and auditory speech perception. In the study, published October 12 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ,

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 15, 2015 – The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) is pleased to announce that Howard W. Francis, M.D., MBA, will join the AG Bell Board of Directors on November 1, 2015. Howard W. Francis, M.D., MBA, is professor and deputy director of the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck

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Auditory neuroscientists discover bottleneck of information flow in the ear and pave the way for gene therapy of deafness. Publication in ‘EMBO Journal’. Disabling hearing impairment (HI) affects 360 million people worldwide, and prevalence increases with age. So far, no causal treatment is available for its most common form, sensorineural HI. Göttingen and Berlin scientists have achieved a major advance

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International Partners Forum draws hearing healthcare partners from 35+ countries . October 13, 2015 – Kitchener, Canada – Unitron, a global innovator of technologically advanced hearing solutions, kicked off its International Partners Forum this week, drawing more than 90 representatives from nearly 40 countries across the world. The event, held in Prague, Czech Republic, officially launches Unitron’s latest platform, North,

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University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences – PITTSBURGH, 2015 - Researchers have identified in an animal model the molecular mechanisms behind resilience to noise-induced tinnitus and a possible drug therapy that could reduce susceptibility to this chronic and sometimes debilitating condition. The findings by a team from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine were published online in

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Brazilian musician pledges his support for the non-profit foundation. Staefa, September 24, 2015 - The Hear the World Foundation is pleased to welcome the support of a new celebrity ambassador: Brazilian superstar Gilberto Gil is now championing the cause of the non-profit foundation, whose vision is to create a world in which every person has the chance to enjoy good

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U NC Children’s audiology program to commemorate 15 years of newborn hearing screening by reuniting early patients served with their caregivers at an award ceremony recognizing excellence in the field. World renowned audiologist, Dr. Richard Seewald, for whom the honor is named, will present the award on behalf of the Hear the World Foundation. In 1999, North Carolina joined many

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