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Researchers Study Language Acquisition in Children

Small children learn language at a pace far faster than teenagers or adults. One explanation for this learning advantage comes not from differences between children and adults, but from the differences in the way that people talk to children and adults.

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Cognivue Clarity Compared to MoCA in Published Study

Neuroscience company Cognivue, Inc announced the publication of its clinical validation study showing its technology “equally as effective as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) with superior test-retest reliability.” The peer-reviewed paper is now available via open access from “Neurological Sciences and Neurosurgery.”

Age May Not Affect ‘Speech-to-Song Illusion,’ Study Shows

A strange thing sometimes happens when we listen to a spoken phrase again and again: It begins to sound like a song. This phenomenon, called the “speech-to-song illusion,” can offer a window into how the mind operates and give insight into conditions that affect people’s ability to communicate, like aphasia and aging people’s decreased ability to recall words.

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LiU Researchers Study Inner Ear Cells

The cochlear duct houses the hearing organ, with many hair cells that are divided into outer and inner hair cells. The outer hair cells amplify sound vibrations, which enables us to hear faint sounds and perceive the various frequencies in human speech better. The inner hair cells convert the sound vibrations into nerve signals. In the current study, the researchers have investigated how the conversion takes place.

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Researchers Find New Brain Connections in Misophonia

Previously, misophonia had been considered a disorder of sound processing. This new research suggests that alongside this there is an abnormal type of communication between the brain’s hearing center, the auditory cortex, and the areas of the ventral pre-motor cortex that are responsible for movement of the face, mouth, and throat.

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Researchers Find Link Between Osteoporosis, Hearing Loss

As part of the Conservation of Hearing Study (CHEARS), researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital analyzed data from nearly 144,000 women who were followed for up to 34 years. They found that risk of subsequent moderate or worse hearing loss was up to 40% higher in study participants with osteoporosis or low bone density (LBD).

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OSU Researchers Study Otoferlin Mutations

Researchers have found a new piece of the puzzle in the quest to use gene therapy to enable people born deaf to hear. The work centers around a large gene responsible for a mutation in the inner-ear protein, otoferlin, which is linked to severe congenital hearing loss.

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