TOP NEWS and HEADLINES in December

  • Holiday Shopping? Here’s Your 2007 Noisiest Toy List
  • Top 2007 News, Research, and Article Recaps
  • Bjørn Christ Announced as President of GN ReSound North America
  • AMIS Holding (AMI Semiconductor) to Merge with ON Semiconductor
  • Cholesterol Fine-Tunes Hearing
  • Figaro Offered by Electone
  • 4th International Pediatric Conference Held by Phonak
  • FDA Science Dearth Puts Public at Health Risk, Says Panel
  • Unitron Hearing Introduces Yuu
  • Observational Findings Often Persist in Face of Scientific Evidence
  • Occupational Noise Not Linked to Increased Risk of Acoustic Neuroma
  • While neurotrophins have historically been prized for the survival value they impart to nerve cells, researchers in the December 19 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience report that in the cochlea they do a great deal more. Their presence in relative proportions transforms the spiral ganglion neurons into either fast-firing transmitters to carry high-pitched sound messages to the brain, or slow-firing carriers for the transmission of lower-pitched signals. The neurotrophins accomplish this at the molecular level by tightly regulating a newly defined and complex series of signaling proteins.
  • ON Semiconductor Corp and AMIS Holdings Inc, parent company of AMI Semiconductor, announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement providing for the acquisition of AMIS by ON Semiconductor in an all-stock transaction with an equity value of approximately $915 million. AMI’s Medical and Wireless Products Business Unit is a leading supplier of integrated circuits (ICs) and components for the hearing industry.
  • A new neuroimaging study published in The Journal of Neuroscience has found that tone-deaf (amusic) individuals have more grey matter in specific regions of the brain related to processing musical pitch—namely, the right interior frontal gyrus and the right auditory cortex—as compared to those who are musically intact.
  • The National Hearing Conservation Association is holding its 33rd Annual Meeting February 21-23, in Portland, Ore. Speakers include Ioan Allen, senior vice president of Dolby Laboratories, and Sharon Kujawa, PhD, director of audiology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
  • The Modified MyPyramid for Older Adults, to be published in the January 2008 issue of the Journal of Nutrition, continues to emphasize nutrient-dense food choices and the importance of fluid balance, but has added additional guidance about forms of foods for older adults and about the importance of regular physical activity.
  • Research institutions across Southern California have joined forces to advance stem cell research by establishing the Southern California Stem Cell Scientific Collaboration (SC3). Members of the collaboration include the University of Southern California; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; City of Hope; University of California, Santa Barbara; California Institute of Technology; and the House Ear Institute.
  • Chronic secretory otitis media (SOM) can occur in adults, and in many cases they also have nasal allergies, according to a report from the Netherlands published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

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