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How machine learning can help with voice disorders

By detecting signs of vocal misuse, system from CSAIL and Mass General could eventually be used to help diagnose voice disorders. ...

A new eye on the middle ear

Shortwave infrared instrument from MIT could see deeper, help improve diagnosis of ear infections. ...

Hearing what the community has to say about e-health

One in six Australians is affected by hearing loss, and that figure rises to 70 per cent for older people. ... Full story

Steam inhalation is not effective for chronic sinus congestion

Steam inhalation is not effective in relieving symptoms of chronic sinus congestion, research from the University of Southampton has shown. ... Full story

Otolaryngology Researchers Develop New Approach to Improve Efficacy of Cochlear Implantation

A team of researchers in the Department of Otolaryngology led by Suhrud M. Rajguru, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering and otolaryngology, has developed a novel system for delivering therapeutic hypothermia locally to the inner ear in an animal model to conserve residual hearing following cochlear implant surgical trauma. Their approach has the potential to ensure that the sensory structures in the cochlea are left undamaged, enabling patients to benefit from future technologies and therapies. ... Full story

SoundSpace Online launched for people with hearing loss

A new one-stop shop for all things hearing-related has been launched online as a result of new research by audiologists at the NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit and The Ear Foundation. ... Full story

Miller School Researchers Identify Gene Essential to Normal Inner Ear Development

A Miller School of Medicine research team led by Mustafa Tekin, M.D., a professor in the Dr. John T. MacDonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics who has been exploring the genetics of deafness for more than a decade, has identified a previously unrecognized gene, ROR1 (receptor tyrosine kinase-like orphan receptor 1), that is essential for the development of the inner ear and hearing in humans and mice. Their findings were recently published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). ... Full story

Unique laser navigator helps visually impaired

A laser navigator that complements the white cane and helps visually impaired people to orientate themselves. In Daniel Innala Ahlmark’s doctoral thesis in Industrial Electronics, he presents a unique solution to how visually impaired can find and experience direction and distance to objects in the environment. ... Full story

VCU Health expert discusses the causes of hearing loss and ways to prevent it

The inner ear is no larger than a pencil eraser in circumference and the bones in your ear are the smallest bones in the human body. “They could all fit together on a penny,” said Christine Eubanks, Ph.D., of the VCU Health Department of Audiology. Yet, despite its small size, the ear and hearing plays a large role in social interactions, comprehension and even balance. ... Full story

Vocal sequences of monkeys, humans follow common pattern

ANN ARBOR—A new study of geladas—a species of monkey living in Ethiopia—has revealed that their long, complex vocal sequences follow a pattern seen in many human languages: the longer the overall sequence, the shorter the sounds within it. ... Full story

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