Researchers Identify Role of Crucial Protein in Development of New Inner Ear Hair Cells

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have conducted a study that has determined the role that a critical protein plays in the development of hair cells. These hair cells are vital for hearing. Some of these cells amplify sounds that come into the ear, and others transform sound…

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Researchers Use Sound Waves Transport Droplets on Rewritable Biomedical Chip

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA – Engineers at Duke University have demonstrated a “versatile microfluidic lab-on-a-chip that uses sound waves to create tunnels in oil to touchlessly manipulate and transport droplets”. According to an announcement on the University’s website, the technology could form the basis of a small-scale, programmable, rewritable biomedical chip that is completely reusable to…

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Using Research to Fill in Clinical Gaps: A Summary of Recently Published Hearing Research

by Brian Taylor, Editor-at-Large Gamblers, paramours and clinicians all deal in uncertainty. No matter which of those groups you belong, you make better decisions when relevant and timely information, based on sound scientific principles, is available. Sometimes you might even find a kernel of truth that changes your outlook or behavior. Here are five recently…

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Audiology and Covid-19

by Brian Taylor, Editor-at-Large Although the Corona virus is a life-threatening condition and hearing care is deemed non-essential service in many places, there are aspects of the pandemic germane to audiology. Recently, the Washington Post reported on the rise in Covid-19 cases in American meatpacking plants. In the article, epidemiologists speculate the high levels of…

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News You Can Use: A Quick Summary of Some Recently Published Clinical Research

by Brian Taylor, AuD, Editor-at-Large Healthcare professionals worth their salt know their clinical decisions often rely on the availability of high-quality research, as well as their ability to interpret and consume it. Below is a smattering of recently published audiology research that should garner the attention of conscientious clinicians.    How Hearing Loss and Education…

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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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Boys Town Receives $11 Million Grant for Pediatric Hearing and Communication Research

OMAHA, NEBRASKA — Boys Town National Research Hospital has been awarded an $11 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The five-year Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant will “expand the range of existing, highly successful research programs at the Boys Town…

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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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