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Loud Noise May Affect Songbirds’ Reproduction

Some songbirds are not dissuaded by constant, loud noise emitted by natural gas pipeline compressors and will establish nests nearby. The number of eggs they lay is unaffected by the din, but their reproductive success ultimately is diminished.

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Sensorion Announces Gene Therapy Collaboration

Sensorion announced the addition of a new gene therapy target, GJB2 coding for the Connexin 26 protein, to its development portfolio. The target is the third candidate to emerge from Sensorion’s R&D collaboration with Institut Pasteur, according to Sensorion.

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Study Shows Hair Cell Regrowth with New Drug

A new approach, published in “Cell Reports,” to regenerate inner ear sensory hair cells is said to lay the groundwork for treating chronic noise-induced hearing loss by the company, Frequency Therapeutics, and its co-founders who are drawing on research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School, Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, and MIT. The program is expected to progress to into human clinical trials within the next 18 months.

Link Between Dual Sensory Loss and Depression

People with combined vision and hearing loss are nearly four times more likely to experience depression and more than three times more likely to suffer chronic anxiety, according to a new study published in the journal “Frontiers in Psychology” and led by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).

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COVID-19 Impact on Hearing Loss Study to Commence

A major UK study to investigate the possible long-term impact of COVID-19 on hearing, led by researchers at NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and funded by RNID, The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust (DCEPT), and The University of Manchester has been announced on the university’s website.

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Starkey Livio AI Tested in New Study

In a recent study published by the “American Journal of Audiology,” Starkey’s Livio AI hearing aids recorded “the most accurate steps compared to actual physical steps taken, outperforming a Sportline pedometer and a Fitbit Charge 3,” the company announced.

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Diet and its Role in Dentition, Linguistics

Anthropologist Caleb Everett and former student Sihan Chen used a novel data analysis of thousands of languages, in addition to studying a unique subset of celebrities, to reveal how a soft food diet—contrasted with the diet of hunter-gatherers—is restructuring dentition and changing how people speak.

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Primary Progressive Aphasia Memory Loss Measured

Primary progressive aphasia is a rare neurodegenerative condition characterized by prominent language problems that worsen over time. About 40% of people with the condition have underlying Alzheimer’s disease. But a new study has found that people with the condition may not develop the memory problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Learning and Connecting: Teenagers with Hearing Impairment during COVID-19 Restrictions

The COVID-19 pandemic in Australia saw physical distancing measures take effect to limit the spread of the virus. Many schools took to remote delivery of education for students, including delivering education via video, emails, and independent reading materials. We continue to work with children in the LOCHI study to explore the experiences of young people with hearing impairment during the time of distance learning.

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UConn to Embark on Dual-language Education Research

The University of Connecticut has been awarded a $179,000 grant from the US Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education for a new research project centered on reimagining dual-language education. The project’s purpose is to improve the ability of dual-language programs to promote the equitable bilingualism and biliteracy development of all students through a greater focus on sociocultural competence.

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