Naked mole rats are nearly deaf because their ears can’t amplify sound

Naked mole rats have poor hearing because, unlike other mammals, they have abnormal outer hair cells that can’t amplify sound. The animals could be used to model human deafness and help develop treatments. A Dutch research team first measured the animals’ neural responses to various tones played to them. This confirmed that they struggled to…

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USPSTF Says Evidence is Still Lacking for Screening Older Adults for Hearing Loss

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced on September 9 that current evidence is inadequate for assessing the balance of benefits and harms of hearing loss screening for older adults. This finding forms the basis of a draft recommendation statement published online Sept. 8 by the USPSTF. The United States Preventive Services Task Force…

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Frequency Therapeutics Finds Sustained Improvement in Hearing Loss Patients Treated with FX-322

WOBURN, MASSACHUSETTS – Frequency Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: FREQ), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on harnessing the body’s innate biology to repair or reverse damage caused by a broad range of degenerative diseases, today presented clinical results from a longer-term durability study of FX-322, showing that some patients with chronic sensorineural hearing loss had significant improvement…

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Indiana University Cancer Center Researcher Receives $5.7M Grant to Study Chemo-Induced Hearing Loss, Toxicities

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA —A researcher at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center has been awarded a five-year, $5.7 million National Cancer Institute grant to evaluate long-term health outcomes for cancer patients who receive platinum-based chemotherapies.  An internationally recognized expert on cancer survivorship, Lois B. Travis, MD, ScD, leads the ongoing study that could lessen…

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UK Government Delivers 250K Clear Face Masks to Frontline Workers to Support People with Hearing Loss

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and care workers will be given clear face masks to help them communicate with people with certain conditions like hearing loss, autism and dementia, the government has announced. The masks are see-through and have an anti-fogging barrier to ensure the face and mouth are always…

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Study Finds Up to One-third of English Adults Over 50 May Have Undetected Hearing Loss

Up to a-third of older adults with hearing loss in England could be undetected and untreated , according to a new study by University of Manchester researchers. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, suggests that millions of people are not seeing ear specialists or given hearing aids, when their hearing has considerably deteriorated. Women, older…

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Phonak Announces Social Media Contest in Search of the “7 Wonders of Sound”

Stäfa, Switzerland – Phonak today announced the “7 Wonders of Sound” contest—a global social media contest in search of the seven most beautiful, interesting and memorable sounds on earth. The “7 Wonders of Sound” launch campaign and contest begins today in the United States and aims to foster a greater appreciation for the vital role…

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New Study Links Opioid Use with Hearing Loss

A retrospective study by researchers at Rutgers University has found that opioid use, particularly in high doses, can cause “full or partial hearing loss”. The study, published in The Journal of Medical Toxicology, reviewed records from the New Jersey Poison Control Center, based at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, from 1999 to 2018 to determine the association between opioid…

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Development of Ototoxicity Drug, PEDMARK™, Faces Setback Following FDA Response

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NORTH CAROLINA — Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, announced that it received a Complete Response Letter (CRL) on August 10, 2020 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding its New Drug Application for PEDMARK™ (a unique formulation of sodium thiosulfate), for intravenous administration for the prevention of ototoxicity…

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