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May 31, 2016

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May 31, 2016

Apr. 26, 2016 — The first small molecule targeted therapy for progressive hearing loss has been developed in a mouse model of USH3, an USH classified by progressive loss of hearing and vision starting in the first ... read more

Anticancer Drug Restores Hearing in Some Patients With Neurofibromatosis

Mar. 14, 2016 — In a small clinical study with an anticancer drug that halts blood vessel growth, a handful of people with neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) and hearing loss had restoration of ... read more

People With Anxiety Show Fundamental Differences in Perception

Mar. 3, 2016 — People with anxiety fundamentally perceive the world differently, according to a new study. They aren't simply making the choice to 'play it ... read more

Engineering Music to Sound Better With Cochlear Implants

Feb. 25, 2016 — Scientists are trying to reengineer and simplify music to be more enjoyable for listeners with cochlear ... read more

Feb. 18, 2016 — Humans use the time delay at the ears to deduce the origin of a sound signal. In frogs, lizards and birds the distance between the ears is too small. However, they have a cavity connecting the ... read more

Potential Treatment for Friedreich's Ataxia Identified

Feb. 16, 2016 — Researchers have identified synthetic RNA and DNA that reverses the protein deficiency causing Friedreich’s ataxia, a neurological disease for which there is currently no ... read more

Study of Cognitive Development in Deaf Children Revisits Longstanding Debate

Feb. 13, 2016 — With the advent of universal newborn hearing screening and improved technologies such as cochlear implants, more and more deaf children are relying on spoken language and not learning sign language. ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — For the first time, researchers have demonstrated a direct link between the Wbp2 gene and progressive hearing loss. The scientists report that the loss of Wbp2 expression leads to progressive ... read more

New Non-Invasive Form of Vagus Nerve Stimulation Works to Treat Depression

Feb. 4, 2016 — Depression can be a devastating and unremitting problem. Researchers now report successful reduction of depressive symptoms in patients using a novel non-invasive method of vagus nerve stimulation, ... read more

Proton Beam Therapy Offers Potential to Treat Childhood Brain Cancer With Fewer Severe Side Effects Than Conventional Radiotherapy

Jan. 30, 2016 — Proton beam therapy -- a more precise form of radiotherapy -- to treat the childhood brain cancer medulloblastoma appears to be as safe as conventional radiotherapy with similar survival rates, ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Hearing loss, if left untreated, can lead to serious emotional and social consequences, reduced job performance and diminished quality of life. Untreated hearing loss also can interfere with ... read more

Brain's 'Amplifier' Compensates for Lost Inner Ear Function

Jan. 28, 2016 — Researchers have described, for the first time, the adult brain's ability to compensate for a near-complete loss of auditory nerve fibers that link the ear to the brain. The findings suggest ... read more

More Than One in 20 US Children Have Dizziness, Balance Problems

Jan. 27, 2016 — More than 1 in 20 (nearly 3.3 million) children between the ages of 3 and 17 have a dizziness or balance problem, according to an analysis of the first large-scale, nationally representative survey ... read more

Can Performance Brands Cause a Placebo Effect?

Jan. 20, 2016 — A common marketing message from consumer brands is "you will perform better with us." Research has examined whether using performance brands such as Nike and 3M had any effect on ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — Researchers have created a digital audio platform that can modify the emotional tone of people's voices while they are talking, to make them sound happier, sadder or more fearful. New results ... read more

Over 400 Conditions Co-Occur With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Study Finds

Jan. 6, 2016 — 428 distinct disease conditions have been identified that co-occur in people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), in the most comprehensive review of its ... read more

Mind of Blue: Emotional Expression Affects the Brain's Creativity Network

Jan. 4, 2016 — The workings of neural circuits associated with creativity are significantly altered when artists are actively attempting to express emotions, according to a new brain-scanning study of jazz ... read more

Dec. 28, 2015 — The specialized human ability to perceive the sound quality known as 'pitch' can no longer be listed as unique to humans. Researchers report new behavioral evidence that marmosets, ancient ... read more

Toxic Secretions from Intracranial Tumor Damage the Inner Ear

Dec. 22, 2015 — In some cases of vestibular schwannoma, a sometimes-lethal tumor often associated with neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2), secretions from the tumor contain toxic molecules that damage the inner ear. The ... read more

Dec. 21, 2015 — Brain scans from nearly 200 adolescent boys provide evidence that the brains of compulsive video game players are wired differently. Chronic video game play is associated with hyperconnectivity ... read more

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