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Low Sugar Diet: Foods Taste Sweeter But No Change in Preferred Level of Sweetness

PHILADELPHIA – A new study from scientists at the Monell Center and collaborators reveals that while foods such as vanilla pudding ...

Protein Movement of Hair Bundles in the Inner Ear May Preserve Hearing for Life

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Finding Holds Promise for Repairing Damaged Hearing ...

Bitter Taste Sensitivity May Predict Surgical Outcome in Certain Chronic Rhinosinusitus Patients

PHILADELPHIA – New research from the Monell Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that physicians may someday be able to use a simple taste test to predict which surgical intervention is best suited to help a subset of chronic rhinosinusitis patients. ... Full story

Genetic modification may prevent hereditary hearing loss

By Ziba Kashef - Hereditary hearing loss can worsen over time and lead to premature deafness. In a new study, a Yale-led research team successfully applied genetic modification to delay inherited hearing loss in mice. ... Full story

Cats Retain Multiple Functional Bitter Taste Receptors

The bitter truth: Kitty’s picky eating habits further unraveled ... Full story

University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientists Identify Key Regulatory Proteins in Hearing Loss

RFX proteins Play a Key Role in Regulating Genes That Control Survival of Auditory Hair Cells ... Full story

Understanding Ancient Human Ear-Orienting System Could Yield Clues to Emotions, Hearing Deficits in Infants

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Vestigial organs, such as the wisdom teeth in humans, are those that have become functionless through the course of evolution. Now, a psychologist at the University of Missouri studying vestigial muscles behind the ears in humans has determined that ancient neural circuits responsible for moving the ears, still may be responsive to sounds that attract our attention. Neuroscientists studying auditory function could use these ancient muscles to study positive emotions and infant hearing deficits. ... Full story

Babies need free tongue movement to decipher speech sounds

Inhibiting infants’ tongue movements impedes their ability to distinguish between speech sounds, researchers with the University of British Columbia have found. The study is the first to discover a direct link between infants’ oral-motor movements and auditory speech perception. ... Full story

Sensitivity of Smell Cilia Depends on Location and Length in Nasal Cavity, Penn Researchers Find

Inner workings of antenna-like cilia shed light on disorders of the senses ... Full story

Two ears are better than one: double cochlear implants improve student grades

One cochlear ear can give a child the gift of hearing, but a new study shows two can help them excel at school. ... Full story

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