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High-Resolution PET/CT Imaging May Help Predict Effectiveness of Cochlear Implant

RESTON, VIRGINIA — Novel, fully digital, high-resolution positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging of small brain stem nuclei can provide clinicians with valuable information concerning the auditory pathway in patients with hearing loss, according to a new study published in the March issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Using 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging, researchers found…

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Decibel Therapeutics Publishes Encouraging Results from Phase 1a Clinical Trial of DB-020

BOSTON, MASSACHUSSETTS — Decibel Therapeutics, a development-stage biotechnology company developing novel regenerative therapeutics for hearing loss and balance disorders, announced that Phase 1a trial results demonstrating the safety and tolerability of its lead candidate, DB-020, have been published in the peer-reviewed journal Investigational New Drugs. DB-020 is being developed for the prevention of cisplatin-induced hearing…

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Study Reveals Social and Health Impact of Hearing Loss

Healthcare and lifestyle site, Clear Living (formerly Everyday Hearing), has released its new annual Impact of Hearing Loss on Mental Well-being and Lifestyle Study. The study has been created to highlight the detrimental effect hearing loss has on mental well-being and social lifestyle through the participant data and statements.  Gathered since early 2019, the study…

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Call for Entries: What’s Next Innovation Challenge Asks Entrepreneurs to Solve Hearing Loss for Those Over 50

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — Entrepreneurs with solutions to address the hearing loss issues of those age 50+ have until the deadline of March 1 to enter their product or service into the What’s Next Innovation Challenge held during the March 26 What’s Next Longevity Business Summit. The competition is hosted by Mary Furlong & Associates and sponsored…

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New Research on Cochlear Hair Cell Development May Offer Clues for Future Hearing Loss Treatment

PORTLAND, OREGON — New research reveals a key insight into the development of cochlear hair cell bundles, found within the inner ear. Hair bundles are precisely arranged cellular structures deep within the spiral cavity of the inner ear. Together, they convert vibrational energy into electrical signals in the brain that translate into the sensation of…

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American Girl Debuts 2020 Girl of the Year; First Doll With Hearing Loss

MIDDLETON, WISCONSIN — American Girl, the inspiring world of dolls, content and experiences, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT), unveiled today its 2020 Girl of the Year™, Joss Kendrick.™  According to the announcement, Joss — a fierce athlete born with hearing loss and a passion for surfing and competitive cheer — joins American Girl’s lineup…

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When Normal Hearing in Not Really Normal: New Research Provides Insights

by Brian Taylor, Editor-at-Large Two recent scientific reports underscore the need for exquisite high frequency hearing and the value of measuring it clinically.  As most clinicians’ attest, there is a substantial group of patients that present to the clinic with complaints of an inability to understand speech in the presence of background who nevertheless have…

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New Book: Life After Deaf

On a spring night in 2010, Noel Holston, a storyteller, songwriter and Pulitzer-nominated journalist, went to bed with reasonably intact hearing. By dawn, it was gone, thus beginning a years-long process of hearing-restoration that included diagnostic dead ends, health-insurance hassles, a failed cochlear-implant surgery, and a second surgery that finally worked. He negotiated the ordeal…

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