ASHA Voices: What If Permanent Hearing Loss Could Be Reversed?

On this episode of ASHA Voices, we dive into the research behind hearing loss reversal. While investigating a genetic form of hearing loss affecting transduction, researcher Jeff Holt  found he could successfully reverse hearing loss in mice. How did the researcher test the rodents’ hearing? By unexpectedly playing loud music and looking for a response in the subjects, nicknamed Beethoven mice. “A deaf mouse doesn’t jump at all, no matter how loud a sound you play. But after introducing our gene therapy into the ears of Beethoven mice, we find they jump again,” says Holt. Also on the show, sensorineural hearing loss is the most common form of hearing loss. Auditory neuroscientist Tina Stankovic shares her research addressing obstacles and possible solutions to treating and reversing sensorineural hearing loss.  Hearing aids and other assistive technology can help, but Stankovic is looking for ways to actually treat it. We spoke with both researchers at the 2019 ASHA Convention in Orlando, Florida, where Stankovic and Holt presented as a part of ASHA’s Research Symposium on Hearing. Finally, we hear from the recipient of the 2019 Alfred K. Kawana Award for Lifetime Achievement in Publications, Robert (Bob) Hillman. He joins us for a conversation about his career, papers he’s published, and the twist in his path that changed everything in his work with the voice and voice disorders. Read the transcript for this episode.  Meet ...
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Abstract Hearing impairment (HI) is the most frequent sensory deficit in humans. As yet there is no causal therapy for sensorineural HI - the most common form - that results from cochlear dysfunction. Hearing aids and electrical cochlear implants (eCIs) remain the key options for hearing rehabilitation. The eCI, used by more than 0.7 Mio people with profound HI or deafness, is considered the most successful neuroprosthesis as it typically enables open speech comprehension in quiet. By electrically stimulating the auditory nerve, eCIs constitute a brain-machine interface re-connecting the patient with the auditory ...
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Authors: Otoom M, Alzubaidi MA, Aloufee R Abstract There are over 466 million people in the world with disabling hearing loss. People with severe-to-profound hearing impairment need to lipread or use sign language, even with hearing aids. Assistive Technologies play a vital role in helping these people interact efficiently with their environment. Deaf drivers are not currently able to take full advantage of voice-based navigation applications. In this paper, we describe research that is aimed at developing an assistive device that (1) recognizes voice-stream navigation instructions from GPS-based navigation applica...
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Each morning, 4-month-old Georgina Addison's parents turn her hearing aids on, and video of her reacting to her mother's voice has been viewed more than a million times on Twitter. Watch "Full Circle" weeknights at 5 p.m. ET.
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ACTIVE MIDDLE EAR VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE SOUND IMPLANT. Acta Clin Croat. 2019 Jun;58(2):348-353 Authors: Pegan A, Ries M, Ajduk J, Bedeković V, Ivkić M, Trotić R Abstract The Vibrant Soundbridge represents a new approach to hearing improvement in the form of active implantable middle ear hearing device. Unlike conventional acoustic hearing aids, which increase the volume of sound that goes to the eardrum, the Vibrant Soundbridge bypasses the ear canal and eardrum by directly vibrating the small bones in the middle ear. Because of its design, no portion of the device is placed in the ear canal itself. T...
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(University of Maryland) New research reveals how a week in the dark rewires brain cell networks and changes hearing sensitivity in adult mice long after the optimal window for auditory learning has passed. With further study, cross-modal learning -- the manipulation of one sense to induce change in another sense -- could be used to help people with disabilities. For example, temporary sight deprivation might be used to help deaf and hearing-impaired people adapt to cochlear implants and hearing aids.
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Abstract Congenital hearing loss (HL) affects about 1 in every 500 infants. Among those affected more than half are caused by genetic mutations. According to the cellular sites affected by mutations in the cochlea, deafness genes could be classified into three major groups: those affecting the function of hair cells and synapses, cochlear supporting cells, and cells in the stria vascularis (SV) as well as in the lateral wall. The second and third groups account for more than half of all sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) cases caused by genetic mutations. Current major treatment options for SNHL patients are hearin...
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Jeffrey Jordan/ President of the Population Reference Bureau with ICPD25 participants. Credit: Joyce Chimbi / IPSBy Joyce ChimbiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 2019 (IPS) One in five women globally lives with a disability even as they have same needs and interests as women without disabilities, their access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights remains severely limited. Delegates representing people living with disabilities at the ICPD25 Conference painted a grim picture of barriers and challenges they face. “We are perceived to be asexual and therefore offering us reproductive health information is consider...
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The objective of medical tools for personal use started to go beyond measuring health parameters and vital signs, offering accurate, as well as easy and patient-friendly measurements. Lately, they are also coupled with aesthetic appearance. Elements of design thinking and UX become an ever more organic part of product development – and that’s also visible when looking at hearables. The trend also allows getting rid of societal stigmas bound with medical devices. Millions of people don’t want to wear hearing aids because it’s connected to aging and is perceived as being more dependent while signal...
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