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A survey of 337 Mass. Eye and Ear patients revealed 3 distinct strategies for disclosing hearing loss. Boston, Mass. -- Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers surveyed 337 patients with hearing loss to better understand the language they use with communication partners to disclose their disability. Their findings, published online in the journal Ear and Hearing on October 28, 2015, may

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Johns Hopkins Medicine - Before the fluid of the middle ear drains and sound waves penetrate for the first time, the inner ear cells of newborn rodents practice for their big debut. Researchers at Johns Hopkins report they have figured out the molecular chain of events that enables the cells to make "sounds" on their own, essentially "practicing" their ability

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Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine finding holds promise for repairing damaged hearing. Hearing is made possible when hair bundles protruding from the tops of hair cells capture the energy of sound waves, converting them into electrical signals that stimulate the auditory nerve to the brain. These hair bundles are made up of individual hair-like projections, or stereocilia, which

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Scientists at the Institut Pasteur, Inserm, the Coll├Ęge de France and Pierre & Marie Curie University, working closely with scientists at the University of Auvergne, have recently discovered the function of pejvakin, a molecule that plays a vital role in the hearing system. The absence of this molecule appears to be responsible for noise-induced hearing loss, one of the most

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Researchers show that chronic conductive hearing loss leads to cochlear degeneration. Boston, MA, Nov. 18, 2015. Massachusetts Eye and Ear investigators have shown that sound deprivation in adult mice causes irreversible damage to the inner ear. The findings, published in PLOS ONE , suggest that chronic conductive hearing loss, such as that caused by recurrent ear infections, leads to permanent

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