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Ears May Have Special Pain Pathway, Study Finds

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Research scientists at Northwestern University have discovered that ears have a special pain pathway that serves as a warning system, sending signals to the brain to help protect us against damaging noise.

Dr Frank Lin shares his research on age-related hearing loss and cognition during his 2014 ADA “Game Changer” session, “Hearing Loss and Aging: Consequences, Implications, and Creating Better Outcomes Through Alternate Models of Care.”

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Research: The Effect of Hearing Loss on the Communication Partner

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In a recent JAAA article, Rebecca Kamil and Frank Lin provide a systematic review of literature about how hearing loss in older adults affects their communication partners. Not surprisingly, what emerges is evidence of restricted social life, burden in communication, and poorer quality of life and relationship satisfaction.

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Manufacturers’ NAL-NL2 Fittings Fail Real-ear Verification

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This study shows that, if the intended goal of a fitting is to provide the patient with the gain and output of a validated prescriptive method, such as the NAL-NL2, then the dispensing professional cannot rely on the manufacturer’s software version of this algorithm. Real-ear verification is necessary.

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Scientists Trace Evolution of Hearing

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Scientists in Denmark believe that a study of hearing and ear structures in present-day vertebrates makes it possible to understand the hearing of early terrestrial vertebrates, and thus trace the evolution of hearing.

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Inherited Genes Factor Into Hearing Loss Among Cancer Patients

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have found that variations of inherited genes are associated with hearing loss in young cancer patients treated with cisplatin, a drug widely used to treat brain tumors and other types of cancer.

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Cochlear Implant Users Can Reap Benefits from Music

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According to new research findings from Georgetown University Medical Center, cochlear implant users respond to some musical beats, and listening to music may benefit their speech perception and quality of life.

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HEAR Intervention Improves Quality of Life for HA Users

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To reduce hearing aid users’ negative responses to their devices, a researcher from the University of Missouri (MU) has developed the HEAR intervention to help them gradually increase their hearing aid use and satisfaction.

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Speech Intelligibility Benefits of FaceTime

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Streaming speech to hearing instruments was found in a study to provide a significant speech intelligibility benefit, as did adding visual information through FaceTime and extended frequency bandwidth.

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Brain Study Explores Gift of Perfect Pitch

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Neuroscientists researching the neuronal basis of perfect pitch or “absolute pitch” have discovered this rare gift may be due to a functional link between the brain’s auditory cortex and frontal lobe.

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