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Massachusetts Eye and Ear Receives Anonymous $20 Million Donation to Study Hearing and Balance

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — Massachusetts Eye and Ear has received the largest gift in its history, $20 million dollars, to study hearing and balance. The funding, provided by an anonymous donor, will go to the Eaton-Peabody Laboratory, housed within the hospital’s department of otolaryngology. Recruiting and funding new faculty chairs, and hearing researchers, will be top…

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Biotech Startup, Frequency Therapeutics, Nets $32 Million Investment

WOBURN, MASSACHUSSETTS — Frequency Therapeutics, a biotech firm developing drugs to re-create sensory cells in the inner ear, announced that it had closed a $32 million Series A investment, led by CoBro Ventures. Other investors include Morningside Ventures, Emigrant Capital and Alexandria Real Estate Equities. Founded in 2015, Frequency’s approach is based on discoveries of…

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Former Pfizer President of R&D Joins Biotech Startup, Frequency Therapeutics

WOBURN, MASSACHUSSETTS — Frequency Therapeutics, a biotech firm developing drugs to re-create sensory cells in the inner ear, announced the appointment of John LaMattina, PhD, as a member of its Scientific Advisory Board and Senior Advisor to the CEO. According to the company’s press release, Dr. LaMattina is the former President of Pfizer Gobal Research…

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Clonal Expansion Leads to Hair Cell Regeneration

According to the World Health Organization over 5% of the world’s population has some degree of hearing loss. Inner ear hair cell and auditory nerve damage, typically caused by noise exposure, ototoxic drugs, viral or bacterial infection, and aging accounts for more than 80% of all cases of hearing loss. Regeneration of these damaged hair…

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Study Shows Coupling Between Brains

Spoken verbal communication between people involves the relaying of information through the use of sound patterns in language. It is the assessment and remediation of this breakdown of sound patterns in the auditory pathway of an individual, an essential part of this communication process, that an audiologist is trained to do. In a Nature Scientific…

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Binaural Interference a Factor in Some Hearing Aid Fittings

It has been standard practice in the United States for decades to fit individuals who have bilateral, symmetrical hearing loss with two hearing aids. According to survey data from 2014, more than 80% of hearing aid fittings are bilateral in nature. However, some studies indicate between roughly 30% to 45% of listeners with symmetrical hearing…

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Study Finds Auditory Deficit in People with Schizophrenia Linked to Brain Receptor

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The inability to hear subtle changes in pitch, a common problem for people with schizophrenia, is due to dysfunctional N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) brain receptors, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center. The study also found that this particular hearing issue can be improved by combining auditory training…

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Study: Sodium Thiosulfate Treatment Significantly Reduces Chemotherapy-Induced Hearing Loss in Children

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — According to a new study, investigators at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and 37 other Children’s Oncology Group hospitals in the U.S. and Canada have found that sodium thiosulfate helps prevent cisplatin-induced hearing loss in children with cancer. Results of the randomized, controlled, phase 3 study, were published in this month’s…

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Animal Study Shows Exercise May Prevent Hearing Loss

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA — Over the past few years untreated hearing loss in older adults has been linked to a growing list of conditions, including cognitive decline, depression and heart disease. Now research is beginning to surface that healthier lifestyle choices could stave off the effects of hearing loss. Although most of the research in this…

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Wind Turbines: Noise and Health

Editor’s Note:  Today Hearing News Watch brings readers a special post, written by contributors Jerry Punch, PhD and Richard James, INCE, discussing their new article published at the HHTM Journal.   By Jerry Punch, PhD and Richard James, INCE, BME We authored an earlier three-part series of articles on the topic of the effects of wind turbine…

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