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Auguste Majkowski
Experts and patients alike perspectives on the ABI, or auditory brainstem implant, considered by many to be a miracle hearing device for people with profound hearing loss who cannot benefit from hearing aids or cochlear implants.
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A scientist at University College London has conducted a study that explores how our auditory system can hear time within sound.
Morphology of jaw joints of mammals and diapsids (reptiles and birds).
Researchers in Japan have determined that the middle ear and eardrum evolved independently in mammals vs reptiles and birds, answering questions that have long mystified paleontologists.
Tinnitus Mapping on Brain
Researchers have taken advantage of a rare opportunity to record and map tinnitus in the brain of a patient undergoing surgery, with the goal of finding the brain networks responsible for this condition characterized by "phantom noise."

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James Windmill
An insect-inspired microphone that can tackle the problem of locating sounds and eliminating background noise may advance modern-day hearing aid systems.
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Both generic and proprietary prescriptions have over time decreased their prescribed gain, and the reduction has been largest in a fairly broad frequency range around 1 kHz.
Osteoporosis and sudden deafness are linked
According to a retrospective cohort study carried out in Taiwan, people with osteoporosis are at higher risk for sudden deafness.
Immunostained mouse auditory nerve synapses after noise exposure
In a new genome-wide association study, an international team of neuroscientists found evidence that some people may be more genetically susceptible to noise-induced hearing loss than others.
misophonia or sound rage
A UCSF pilot study shows that mindfulness is a treatment approach for tinnitus that may help the roughly 50 million Americans who suffer from the condition, providing longterm relief.
rabbit study on echoes for distance perception
Neuroscience researchers at the University of Connecticut (UConn Health) studied rabbits to show that we use echoes and amplitude modulation to determine the distance of a noise.
Sungyong Jung, PhD
An electrical engineering researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington is developing more efficient, integrated circuits for better hearing aids with improved directionality, based on studies of a parasitic fly.
determining sound source
According to scientists at KU Leuven in Belgium, brain cells that govern sound localization pause to compare sound signals at both ears before determining what we hear.
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Results from this study suggest a new algorithm reduces the perceived negative effects of reverberation while not introducing unwanted artifacts within the speech signal.
Classical Music Listening
According to researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, listening to classical music enhances the activity of genes responsible for brain functions, including dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning, and memory.
Illustration of myelin damage
Researchers from the University at Buffalo have discovered a way to use an already approved drug to boost myelin synthesis, a process that is crucial to auditory function.

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cochlear implant
According to an article in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, researchers in France found that cochlear implantation improved speech perception and brain function in adults 65 years or older with profound hearing loss.
Barn Owl
Research from scientists at York University reveals that barn owls and lizards are some of the animal species that can help us to better understand hearing loss in humans.
Crowd at Live Music Venue
The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (HEARing CRC) in Australia launched a pilot study to determine how live music venues in Australia can reduce their noise levels to be more “hearing friendly.”
Sign Language Users
A study from the University of Bristol in the UK reveals that Deaf people who use sign language suffer poorer health than the general population due to less access to primary care.
Broca's area of speech
Researchers from UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University say that the brain's speech center, known as Broca's area, turns off during speech.