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Two ears are better than one

Hearing-impaired children fitted with a second cochlear implant (CI) early in life, have significantly better outcomes in aspects of their communication and ...

Polysialylated glycoprotein marker of neural stem cells found in adult inner ear

Discovery has implications for developing treatments for deafness ...

New app just what the ear-doctor ordered

Data from the World Health Organisation shows that more than five per cent of all the people in the world (about 360 million) suffer from permanent disabling hearing loss, and more than 32 million of these are children. In developing areas, up to 80 per cent of people with hearing loss have no prospect of early detection. ... Full story

Rats purposefully use their whiskers in different ways to help navigate in the dark

The way rats use their whiskers is more similar to how humans use their hands and fingers than previously thought, new research from the University of Sheffield has found. ... Full story

Game Technology Teaches Mice and Men to Hear Better in Noisy Environments

Audiogames may provide the hearing impaired with an improved ability to reconnect to the auditory world ... Full story

Pleasant Smells Increase Facial Attractiveness

PHILADELPHIA — New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center reveals that women’s faces are rated as more attractive in the presence of pleasant odors. In contrast, odor pleasantness had less effect on the evaluation of age. The findings suggest that the use of scented products such as perfumes may, to some extent, alter how people perceive one another. ... Full story

Smokers and passive smokers more likely to suffer hearing loss, study shows

Giving up or reducing smoking and avoiding passive exposure to tobacco smoke may reduce your risk of hearing loss, new research shows. ... Full story

Sound and vision: visual cortex processes auditory information too

‘Seeing is believing’, so the idiom goes, but new research suggests vision also involves a bit of hearing. ... Full story

Indiana University researchers identify pattern of cognitive risks in some children with cochlear implants

INDIANAPOLIS -- Children with profound deafness who receive a cochlear implant had as much as five times the risk of having delays in areas of working memory, controlled attention, planning and conceptual learning as children with normal hearing, according to Indiana University research published May 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery. ... Full story

Rhythmic Bursts of Electrical Activity from Cells in Ear Teach Brain How To Hear, Says Pitt Team

PITTSBURGH – A precise rhythm of electrical impulses transmitted from cells in the inner ear coaches the brain how to hear, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. ... Full story

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