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Fulfilling their pledge to enrich the lives of the Afghan people with the three precious gifts of Hearing, Healing and Hope,  The Bayat Foundation  (www.bayatfoundation.org), Afghanistan's largest, private, non-profit Health, Education and Social Development Organization, and  The Starkey Hearing Foundation  (www.starkeyhearingfoundation. org), announced the successful conclusion of their third annual joint Bayat-Starkey Afghanistan Hearing Care Mission. The Bayat-Starkey Hearing Care

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A large screening program has identified several genes associated with age-related conditions including hearing loss, retinal degeneration and osteoarthritis. The animal study, published in  Nature Communications , may lead to studies of the equivalent human gene and help develop screening programs to identify the risk of developing an age-related condition many years before symptoms appear. Age is a risk factor for many

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A set of three new Tinnitus Management tools from the Ida Institute aim to help both patients and hearing care professionals manage the challenge of tinnitus, a condition that affects an estimate 10-15 percent of the adult population worldwide. Two tools, the Tinnitus Thermometer and the Tinnitus Communication Guide, are designed to help clinicians build their counseling skills and apply

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The Department of Defense (DoD) has reversed its policy and will cover Auditory Osseointegrated Implants (AOIs) as prosthetic devices for all Tricare beneficiaries. This reversal follows a comprehensive analysis and review of AOIs.  Tricare is a health care insurance system for military dependents and members of the military services that covers care not available through the usual U.S. military or public

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In the largest U.S. clinical trial of its kind funded by the Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, researchers at the VA Portland Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University found that transcranial magnetic stimulation significantly improved tinnitus symptoms for more than half of study participants. Their findings were published today in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology –

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