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Combined Vision and Hearing Loss May Increase Risk of Dementia

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — Two studies reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2019 in Los Angeles found that experiencing multiple sensory impairments, such as vision and hearing problems, are associated with an increased risk of developing dementia in older adults. Emerging science shows that sensory dysfunction can increase the risk of dementia, and the new…

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Sound Pharmaceuticals Announces Encouraging Results in Meniere’s Disease Clinical Trial; May Go Public in 2020

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — Biotech firm, Sound Pharmaceuticals, announced positive top-line results from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center Phase 2b study in Meniere’s Disease (MD).   Evaluating SPI-1005 vs. Placebo in Meniere’s Patients   In the study, 149 adult patients with active MD, including a hearing loss at baseline of >30 dB in one of three…

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Articles Offer Insights on Discussing Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline with Patients

By Brian Taylor, AuD, Editor-at-Large The relationship between hearing loss and cognitive ability has received considerable attention in the academic literature and professional publications over the past several years and for good reason. Both conditions are harmful, and because of the rapidly aging population becoming more prevalent and are likely, without improved intervention strategies, to…

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Professor Studies Effectiveness of Transparent Face Mask to Improve Healthcare Communication for People with Hearing Loss

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS — Samuel Atcherson, PhD, a faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, is researching a prototype transparent surgical face mask that allows those who are deaf or hard of hearing and non-native English speakers to read lips. The face mask helps make communication…

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JAMA Study Examines Relationship Between Self-Reported Hearing and Audiogram Thresholds

By Brian Taylor, AuD, Editor-at-Large Clinicians know a substantial number of individuals presenting to the clinic for a routine hearing assessment have hearing loss on their audiogram but self-report good hearing. Just how sizeable is this group? That was a question addressed recently by researchers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. A JAMA-Otolaryngology article,…

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New Study Sheds Light on Discrepancy Between Self-Reports of Hearing Difficulty and Audiogram

In the perfect world, periodically, every adult would have their hearing measured by a licensed hearing care professional using standard pure tone audiometry. For patients this routine measurement would serve as a baseline when monitoring any changes in hearing sensitivity that results from aging, noise exposure or a medical condition. For practitioners and researchers, objective…

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Apple Unveils New Apps and Upgrades Geared Toward Persons with Hearing Loss

June 3rd marks the start of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference where updates to the operating systems that run the iPhone, iPad and various other Apple products are revealed. During this week-long event, Apple is also expected to unveil several new apps for the Apple Watch, including ones that have new health tracking applications, as well…

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Rinri Therapeutics Secures $1.8M Seed Funding to Advance Novel Hearing Regeneration Therapy

SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM — Rinri Therapeutics, a biotechnology company developing a novel cell-based therapy to restore hearing, announced today that it successfully secured £1.4 million (approximately $1.8M USD) in seed funding. The financing, which was co-led by Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund and UCB Ventures and joined by BioCity, will support the ongoing growth of the…

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Hearing Loss in Older Adults Tied to Increased Risk for Depression

A research review, recently published in the journal The Gerontologist, suggests that older adults with hearing loss may be more likely than their peers without hearing difficulty to develop symptoms of depression. Compared to people without hearing loss, the study found older adults with some form of hearing loss were 47 percent more likely to…

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