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CDC Report: Babies Exposed to Zika Virus Should be Tested for Hearing Loss

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — Babies exposed to the Zika virus in the womb should have their hearing tested and monitored regularly, say the authors of a study published today in the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.  The study evaluated nearly 70 infants in Brazil from November 2015 to May 2016.  All the babies had documented microcephaly…

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Possible Relationship Between Caffeine Use and Hearing Recovery Exists

That bottomless cup of morning joe you enjoy the morning after a late night concert might be preventing your ears from recovering. More than three-quarters of American adults enjoy a jolt of caffeine, typically in a cup or two of morning coffee, but recent research, conducted by Dr Faisal Zawawi, Otolaryngologist at the Research Institute…

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National Academies of Sciences Issues Groundbreaking Report on Hearing Healthcare

WASHINGTON, DC — Today the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) issued a potentially groundbreaking report on improving access and affordability of hearing health care for adults. The committee has been working well over a year, compiling a range evidence and opinion to support their recommendations to…

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Biotech Startup Receives $2M NIH Grant for Drug Development to Prevent Antibiotic-Related Hearing Loss

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — Oricula Therapeutics, LLC, a biotech startup firm based in Seattle, announced today that it has received a Phase 2 Grant of approximately $2 million dollars from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award funds will support…

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Study Indicates Hearing Loss Associated with Increased Risk of Psychosis

UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS — A team of Dutch researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at the University Medical Center Utrecht and Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, recently published a meta-analysis that showed an association between hearing loss and psychosis. Their meta-analyses revealed an increased risk of hearing impairment on all psychosis outcomes, including hallucinations, delusions, psychotic symptoms and delirium.…

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Professional Ear Cleaners in China Seek Govt recognition of their Trade as “Intangible Cultural Heritage”

CHENGDU, CHINA – in the Sichuan province of southwestern China, a group of 30 professional ear cleaners are campaigning for the government to recognize their centuries-old trade as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, according to a recent report by the Daily Mail and People’s Daily. The traditional practice of ear cleaning, a practice that has been conducted…

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Startup Gets $52 Million Investment to Develop Drug Treatment for Hearing Loss

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – Third Rock Ventures, a biotechnology-focused venture capital firm located in Boston, announced the launch of a new startup company with the sole purpose of treating hearing loss. The new company, Decibel Therapeutics, raised $52 million dollars in Series A funding for its launch, with investment from Third Rock Ventures and SR One—the venture capital arm of…

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Message to President Obama: 30 Million Americans Don’t Have Access to Hearing Care

WASHINGTON, DC — The key message during Friday’s (9/18) public meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) was that 30 million Americans do not have access to hearing care. The PCAST, originally chartered in 2001, has a broad mandate to advise the President in areas of science and technology. One of the main…

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E-Cigs and Vaping: A Hazard to Hearing?

By Brian Taylor, AuD A recent media report suggests the musician Rob Swire of the Australian band Knife Party suffered a sudden hearing loss, which he attributed to vaping. Given the rising popularity of vaping, this incident is cause for concern, as many anecdotal reports suggest vaping is a safer alternative to smoking. The chemical…

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Hearing Health & Technology Matters

HHTM names Wayne Staab editor-in-chief, as David Kirkwood retires; Brian Taylor joins blog as news editor

  TUCSON, AZ—Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) has named Wayne Staab, PhD, a founding partner of the popular blog, as Editor-in-Chief effective today (June 1), succeeding David H. Kirkwood. Kirkwood, who was also a founding partner of HHTM, has retired after 42 years as an editor, including 25 years covering hearing health care. He…

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