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The Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus (FCHHC) hosted a tour of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Porter Neuroscience Research Center in Bethesda, MD, on August 18.  The visit was attended by 25 Congressional staffers and hearing health advocates.  Dr. James Battey Jr., NIDCD Director, opened the tour by reviewing NIDCD operations and the

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Using sign language with intensive speech therapy may be an effective treatment for children with a rare speech disorder called apraxia of speech, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. They suggest further exploration of the results of a case study showing the effectiveness of using several therapies together in cases of early diagnosis. Childhood apraxia of speech occurs when children

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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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