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Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation Awarded Cummings Grant

HRF President Geoff Plant announced that the organization is one of 130 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through the Cummings Foundation’s $20 Million Grant Program. The Woburn-based organization was chosen from a total of 738 applicants during a competitive review process.

Managing People with Sensorineural and Conductive Unilateral Hearing Loss and Single-Sided Deafness

CROS and BiCROS hearing aids are not the only treatment options for those with unilateral hearing loss. This article reviews other options and potential future avenues for unilateral sensorineural hearing loss and single-sided deafness, as well as for unilateral conductive hearing loss.

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Speech-to-Touch Sensory Device May Help Improve Hearing

In this current proof-of-concept study investigators hypothesized that they would be able to improve speech understanding under challenging conditions by exploiting the ability of the brain to integrate information coming simultaneously from different senses. They designed a minimalistic auditory-to-tactile sensory substitution device (SSD) that transforms low-frequency speech signals into tactile vibrations delivered on two fingertips.

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MED-EL Survey Shows 'Family Voices' Most Likely to Be Missed with Hearing Loss

The survey findings illustrate the significance of hearing on families and life events: 64% of respondents said that hearing “I love you” from a partner or family member would not be the same if they couldn’t hear; this was the most mentioned life event, according to MED-EL’s survey.

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University of Minnesota to Lead $9.7 Million Grant to Improve Hearing Restoration

The vision of this new grant project is to implant an electrode array directly into the auditory nerve. This approach not only provides access to the hearing pathway for those who cannot be implanted into the cochlea, but may also improve activation of the auditory pathway to the brain that could be helpful for hearing in noisy environments and music.

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