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New drug ‘could save the hearing of millions’

New drug ‘could save the hearing of millions’

The researchers behind a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine note that inhibiting an enzyme known as cyclin-dependent kinase 2 could potentially save the hearing of millions of people. Researchers suggest that the drug kenpaullone may help to prevent hearing loss. In the study, inhibiting cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (CDK2) was found to […]

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Five ways to make ringing stop after a concert

Five ways to make ringing stop after a concert

Long exposure to loud noises, such as attending a concert with no ear protection, can damage the delicate structures within the ear. This can cause a ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus. Tinnitus can be bothersome, as the sound can make hearing difficult and interrupt daily life. Tinnitus after a concert is usually temporary […]

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Poor hearing could lead to poor memory

Poor hearing could lead to poor memory

New research has uncovered an increased risk of mild cognitive impairment among individuals with a form of hearing impairment called central hearing loss. The findings suggest that this form of hearing loss may have a neurodegeneration-related mechanism at its root. Trouble hearing may mean trouble remembering for some seniors, according to a new study. The […]

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All you should know about Waardenburg syndrome

All you should know about Waardenburg syndrome

Waardenburg syndrome refers to several rare genetic diseases that cause hearing loss, changes in the color of the eyes, skin, and hair, and changes in the shape of the face. Researchers have identified four distinct types of the syndrome, though there may be additional subtypes. Waardenburg syndrome is named after D. J. Waardenburg, a Dutch […]

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Innovative gene editing method may prevent deafness

Innovative gene editing method may prevent deafness

For the first time, researchers have used an innovative, state-of-the-art genome editing technique to prevent deafness in mice. There is hope that, in the future, they will be able to use this method to stop the loss of hearing in humans. Could gene editing procedures be used to prevent hereditary deafness? According to data from […]

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‘We all hear voices in our heads,’ but why? Study investigates

‘We all hear voices in our heads,’ but why? Study investigates

The brain treats talking inside of our heads as essentially the same thing as talking out loud, according to new research published in the journal eLife, which may help to explain conditions such as schizophrenia. Our brains make a copy of each instruction they send out. We spend a lot of time listening to ourselves […]

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Pulsatile tinnitus: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Pulsatile tinnitus: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing sounds from inside, rather than outside, the body. One characteristic sound is a “ringing in the ears,” which can describe buzzing, humming, grinding, hissing, or whistling. Some people hear sounds similar to music or singing. Pulsatile tinnitus is characterized by hearing noises that beat in time with your pulse. […]

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How to unclog your ears: Eight home remedies

How to unclog your ears: Eight home remedies

The ears are important organs. They interpret sound waves for hearing and also help maintain balance in the body. The ears have a canal that allows for the influx of sound waves and the outflow of earwax. Unfortunately, there are times when the ears can become clogged due to factors both outside and inside the […]

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Mouth clicks used in human echolocation captured in unprecedented detail

Mouth clicks used in human echolocation captured in unprecedented detail

Like some bats and marine mammals, people can develop expert echolocation skills, in which they produce a clicking sound with their mouths and listen to the reflected sound waves to “see” their surroundings. A new study published in PLOS Computational Biology provides the first in-depth analysis of the mouth clicks used in human echolocation. The research, performed […]

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Tinnitus could be worsened by antidepressant use

Tinnitus could be worsened by antidepressant use

People with tinnitus may experience a worsening of the condition if they are being treated with selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a common class of antidepressants. Researchers say that using SSRIs could make tinnitus worse. This is the conclusion of a new study recently published in the journal Cell Reports. Tinnitus is the intermittent or constant sensation […]