Author: Stefani Kim

Both Hearing & Vision Loss May Double Dementia Risk

Losing some hearing or eyesight is often a part of getting older, but a new study says losing function in both senses may put you at greater risk of dementia and cognitive decline years later. The research is published in the April 7, 2021, online issue of “Neurology,” the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).

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UMSOM Researchers Study Music Volume During Workouts

Fitness center instructors often turn up music volumes significantly during classes sometimes loud enough to cause hearing damage based on an assumption that participants will work out more intensively when volumes are raised. A new University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) study—a summary of which appears on the UMSOM website—however, found that those who attend indoor cycling (“spinning”) classes do not lower the intensity of their workouts when the volume is reduced to a safer decibel level.

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AI Networks Prefer Human Voice

A new study from Mechanical Engineering Professor Hod Lipson and his PhD student Boyuan Chen proves that artificial intelligence (AI) systems might actually reach higher levels of performance if they are programmed with sound files of human language rather than with numerical data labels.

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Multilingual People Have Advantage Over Bilingual

Multilingual people have trained their brains to learn languages, making it easier to acquire more new languages after mastering a second or third. In addition to demystifying the seemingly herculean genius of multilinguals, researchers say these results provide some of the first neuroscientific evidence that language skills are additive, a theory known as the cumulative‐enhancement model of language acquisition.

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Olive Union Closes $7M Series B Funding Round

With the current round and cumulative $20M in lifetime funding, Olive says it “plans to expand beyond its existing hearing aids product line into new digital therapeutics for tinnitus and overall hearing health, and begin laying the foundation for its next generation of smart hearing technology.”

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Children with DLD May Need Additional Classroom Support

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is a condition where children have problems acquiring their own language for no obvious reasons. Unlike temporary language delay (which reflects the natural variation of age at which children learn to speak and communicate), DLD is a lifelong condition with significant impacts for individuals in childhood and in later life, in particular their mental health.

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