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Discovery of new neurons in the inner ear can lead to new therapies for hearing disorders

September 12, 2018 Source: Karolinska Institutet Summary: Researchers have identified four types of neurons in the peripheral auditory system, three of which are new to science. The analysis of these cells can lead to new therapies for various kinds of hearing disorders, such as tinnitus and age-related hearing loss. Closeup of ear (stock image). Credit: […]

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Study Compares Levo System to Traditional Tinnitus Masker

Published on December 11, 2017 As many as 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, according to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a health condition commonly known as “ringing in the ears.” Musicians, factory workers, military veterans, and many others endure its effects, including problems with concentration, sleep, anxiety, and depression. The Levo System, an FDA-cleared medical device, is […]

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Sonic attacks: How a medical mystery can sow distrust in foreign governments

June 27, 2018 Authors Jonathan D Moreno Professor of Ethics, University of Pennsylvania Sergio Litewka Professor of Bioethics and Health Policy, University of Miami The recent evacuation of a group of U.S. diplomatic personnel stationed in Guangzhou, China, revived concerns over an “attack” that originated in Havana in mid-2016. At that time, several U.S. individuals […]

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No screaming kids: Mount Eliza residents rise up against new playground

By Carolyn Webb 2 July 2018 The sound of children playing makes many people happy, but for some residents in a sedate Melbourne neighbourhood, the prospect of “loud, screaming, noisy children” in a proposed playground would only be noise pollution. It’s among the reasons residents of Mount Eliza have fired up in opposition to plans to […]

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Good News on Headphones and Hearing Loss

By RONI CARYN RABIN JULY 27, 2017 The rate of moderate hearing loss had increased to 22.5 percent in 2007-8, up from 17 percent during the period from 1988 to 1994. But it dropped to 15.2 percent in the most recent study period, in 2009-10. Photo Young people continue to listen to loud music on their headphones. […]

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Hearing Loss May Make You Accident Prone

By NICHOLAS BAKALARMARCH 27, 2018 For all three categories, the risk of injury increased steadily with hearing loss, although slightly less consistently with driving accidents. Over all, compared with those who rated their hearing “excellent,” those with a little trouble hearing were 60 percent more likely to have been injured, with moderate trouble 70 percent more […]

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The sound barrier

Hearing loss is a silent occupational hazard for musicians. By ANDREW MCMILLEN March 3rd, 2018 Jon Coghill, former drummer of Powderfinger, who has hearing loss from his days on stage. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen On a sunny Saturday afternoon in late January, a musician called Steve Kilbey is visiting Brisbane. Everywhere he goes, he carries with him […]

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The world’s most powerful acoustic tractor beam could pave the way for levitating humans

January 21, 2018 Source: University of Bristol Summary: Acoustic tractor beams use the power of sound to hold particles in mid-air, and unlike magnetic levitation, they can grab most solids or liquids even small insects. For the first time engineers have shown it is possible to stably trap objects larger than the wavelength of sound […]

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Golden slumbers start with a song

‘One of the rules of sleep rituals is, whatever works for you’- Mathias Basner. HEIDI MITCHELL The Wall Street Journal Falling into a dream state can be anxiety-inducing for the around 25 per cent of people who say they have difficulty sleeping most nights. Some turn to music, hoping gentle sounds will guide them to […]

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With apartment living on the rise, how do families and their noisy children fit in?

   January 9, 2018 6.35am AEDT Children being children can be loud, which creates challenges when they live in an apartment.  Author  Sophie-May Kerr  PhD Candidate in Human Geography, University of Wollongong Disclosure statement  Sophie-May Kerr receives funding from the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and the University of Wollongong Global Challenges Program Scholarship. Rapid growth in […]

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