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Drug to restore hearing loss being developed

October 30, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research

 

 

Zeenews India.com
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Original Article

New York: Boosting the production of a key protein, called NT3, could help restore hearing loss caused by noise exposure and normal ageing, a research found.

The protein plays an important role in maintaining communication between the ears and brain, the findings showed, offering scientists a target to develop drugs that might boost NT3 action or production.

“We began this work 15 years ago to answer very basic questions about the inner ear, and now we have been able to restore hearing after partial deafening with noise, a common problem for people,” said lead researcher Gabriel Corfas from the University of Michigan in the US.

NT3 is crucial to the body’s ability to form and maintain connections between hair cells in the ear and nerve cells that carry signal to the brain, the researchers demonstrated.

This special type of connection, called a ribbon synapse, allows extra-rapid communication of signals, which travel back and forth across tiny gaps between the two types of cells.

“It has become apparent that hearing loss due to damaged ribbon synapses is a very common and challenging problem, whether it’s due to noise or normal ageing,” Corfas added.

Using a special genetic technique, the researchers made it possible for some mice to produce additional NT3 in cells of specific areas of the inner ear after they were exposed to noise loud enough to reduce hearing.

Mice with extra NT3 regained their ability to hear much better than the control mice.

The researchers will now explore the role of NT3 in human ears, and seek drugs that might boost NT3 action or production.

The findings appeared online in the journal eLife.

 

 

 

Screening questions fail to identify teens at risk for hearing loss

October 30, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research

 

 

Penn State – News
By Jennifer Abbasi
October 23, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. — Subjective screening questions do not reliably identify teenagers who are at risk for hearing loss, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine. The results suggest that objective hearing tests should be refined for this age group to replace screening questions.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with the Bright Futures children’s health organization, sets standards for pediatric preventive care. The AAP recommends screening adolescents with subjective questions and then following up with objective hearing tests for those found to be at high risk of hearing loss. However, the screening questions were not specifically developed for children or adolescents. Studies also show that adolescents are poor self-reporters of hearing status.

“We found that you can’t rely on the Bright Futures questions to select out teenagers at high risk for hearing loss who would warrant an objective screen,” said Deepa Sekhar, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of pediatrics.

A study in 2010 using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that one in five adolescents aged 12 to 19 has hearing loss. Most have high-frequency hearing loss, which may be related to increasing hazardous noise exposures from such things as personal listening devices, concert-going, ATV-riding and hunting with firearms.

For the study, eleventh grade students at Hershey High School — located in the college’s community — answered the 10 Bright Futures hearing screening questions and additional questions assessing other potential risk factors for adolescent hearing loss. They also took the Pennsylvania state-mandated hearing test — the familiar hearing screening where children raise their hand when they hear a tone — and a hearing test developed by the researchers to better detect high-frequency noise-related hearing loss. Some of the children underwent additional standard hearing testing in a soundproof booth. The researchers report their results in the Journal of Medical Screening.

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United Healthcare Children’s Foundation provides medical grants for kids

October 30, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Click Orlando
Author:  Eryka Washington
Consumer Reporter
Oct 23 2014

Local family receives $3K hearing aid for daughter with grant

ORLANDO, Fla. – Eleven-year-old Adelyn Brault loves playing with her dog and now she can hear him coming from a distance– but that wasn’t always the case.

In kindergarten, doctors noticed Adelyn suffered from hearing loss. By third grade her mother, Jacquelyn, says it had gotten much worse.

“Her doctor felt it was time for the hearing aids to help her as well as in school,” Jacquelyn said.

Adelyn says before the hearing aid, it was tough to concentrate in school.

“Yeah, because I couldn’t hear the teacher, because if two people are talking at the same time I can’t tell which voice it is,” she said.

The hearing aid cost $3,000 and Jacquelyn’s insurance didn’t cover it.

Jacquelyn says she was desperate.

“It’s a lot of money to come up with in a short amount of time; they wanted half up front to even start making them,” Jacquelyn said. “Honestly I was like I don’t care what i have to do I have to get this money.”

Out of desperation, Jacquelyn googled “hearing impaired” and saw a link to grants and found United Healthcare Children’s Foundation. They were one of few organizations who help families with insurance.

“We recognized a need in what we do of families with children who have commercial health insurance that may still have needs,” Glenn Baker of United Healthcare said.

In order to receive the grant, you must be 16 years of age or younger, live in U.S., have commercial insurance and meet income criteria.

Since 2007, 7,500 people have received the grant totaling $23 million, 750 of those grantees are in Florida.

In Orlando, more than 160 families have received grants.

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Walk4Hearing Event Rocks!

October 27, 2014 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness, NVRC

Washington,DC – Walk4Hearing
By Cheryl Heppner
Oct 27, 2014

Watching the Opening of the Walk

Watching the Opening of the Walk

The Hearing Loss Association of America’s annual Walk4Hearing on Saturday, October 25 was definitely the best I’ve ever participated in.  The weather was great, the turnout was awesome, and the camaraderie was terrific. I walked from beginning to end in good company with Kay Ellis and Diane Preece, got to chat a bit with NVRC Board member Eileen McCartin, and relished having the super PAH!  team alongside Team NVRC for much of our walk.

Team NVRC Walkers - Eileen McCartin, Kay Ellis, Cheryl Heppner with Galaxy, and Diane Preece

Team NVRC Walkers – Eileen McCartin, Kay Ellis, Cheryl Heppner with Galaxy, and Diane Preece

Katherine Pawlowski, who lives in Fairfax County is an ambassador for the Walk4Hearing. She also has a team “Friends of Fairfax County” which has raised money, some of which was is being shared with NVRC to provide services and events for children with hearing loss in the Fairfax County schools.

Team NVRC is very thankful for the generous walk donors who helped us raise $825, some of which will go to support HLAA’s work and the rest to support NVRC’s programs and services.

My hat is off to the walk chairs, Ronnie Adler and Tony Bartoli.  When setting up Team NVRC, they were quick to answer my questions about the walk and its website by email, and always helpful.

Cheryl

 

 

Sleep Apnea Tied to Hearing Loss

October 27, 2014 in Research

 

 

Guardian Liberty Voice
by Janette Verdnik
October 26, 2014.

According to the recent study, sleep apnea does not only affect the quality of sleep, it may also cause the hearing loss. The research linked sleep apnea with hearing loss at both low and high frequencies. After the researchers adjusted the data for other possible causes of hearing impairment, the findings of the study held true.

The study’s findings give further support to the idea that sleep apnea usually does not occur in isolation. However, according to the researchers, it could be a sign of other underlying health conditions. Dr. Neomi Shah, one of the study’s authors, said that sleep apnea is more of a chronic and systematic disease and it is not just something that happens when you are sleeping. Dr. Shah is an associate director of the pulmonary sleep lab at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City and according to her, sleep apnea probably affects multiple different organs. She is urging that people start considering this sleeping disorder as a chronic disease with inflammatory and vascular issues.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea, which is a common disorder, affects about 18 million Americans. Person, who is suffering from it, shows typical signs. He or she develops periodic gasping when snoring or makes some particular snorting noises. Therefore, sleep apnea interrupts sleep and can cause several other symptoms, including excessive daytime fatigue. It has also has been associated with generalized inflammation, endocrine and cardiovascular problems.

What is the connection between sleep apnea and hearing loss? According to the study, . . . .

Read more at http://guardianlv.com/2014/10/sleep-apnea-tied-to-hearing-loss/#rmz3rX6W4qOVFTFM.99

Seahawks place fullback Derrick Coleman on injured reserve

October 27, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness


Derrick Coleman’s 2014 season is over after the Seattle Seahawks placed the 24-year-old on injured reserve Saturday.

The third-year player out of UCLA was the team’s lone fullback for the first five games of the season, but broke a bone in his foot during pregame warmups last Sunday in St. Louis. Running back Robert Turbin will replace him in the lineup Sunday on the road against the Carolina Panthers after being pressed into action against the Rams.

Deaf since the age of 3, Coleman gained notoriety as the NFL’s first legally deaf offensive player, winning the Hawks’ starting fullback position last year. In January, he starred in an ad for Duracell batteries that highlighted the struggles he overcame to make it to the NFL.

A solid special teams contributor, Coleman has become a role model for the deaf community, and gave away Super Bowl tickets to two young hearing-impaired fans who wrote to him last season.

Third-year wide receiver Phil Bates will replace Coleman on the Hawks’ 53-man roster after he was signed from the Seattle’s practice squad. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound 25-year-old has spent much of the last two seasons on the team’s practice squad after going undrafted out of Ohio University in 2012.

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From Kansas to Giants, a Pioneer’s Trail of Wins and Wit; Deaf BB Player

October 24, 2014 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

New York Times

OLATHE, Kan. — A Giant is buried in Kansas.

Baldwin City, Kan., is a mere 50 miles from Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Royals, this year’s American League champion. It is where Luther Taylor, who was known as Dummy Taylor, was buried in 1958, the year his former team, the Giants, began play in San Francisco, having moved from the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan.

Taylor was a pioneering pitcher, a colorful and charismatic character who could neither hear nor speak but who could throw a baseball with expertise. He helped the Giants win their first World Series of the modern baseball era, in 1905, and bridged a gap between hearing and nonhearing athletes, and he remains a unique link between Kansas City and the Giants.

During Taylor’s time with the Giants, from 1900 to 1908, many of his teammates learned to sign, and Taylor kept them laughing — and sometimes winning — for much of his career.

“He stands as an inspiration to many people,” said Sandra Kelly, a former teacher and principal at the Kansas School for the Deaf, where Taylor starred in baseball and later coached, in Olathe (pronounced oh-LAY-tha), a city 20 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City, Mo. “It’s pretty clear from the stories how much his teammates loved and respected him.”

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Luther Taylor kept his teammates loose with his sense of humor and umpires on edge with his salty sign language.CreditGeorge Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress 

Kelly is now the executive director of the Deaf Cultural Center here, which sits directly across the street from the school. The center houses a museum with an exhibit dedicated to Taylor, one of the school’s most celebrated graduates, along with Paul Hubbard, who is said to be the inventor of the football huddle.

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Scientists restore hearing in noise-deafened mice

October 23, 2014 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research

 

 

Medical Xpress
October 20, 2014

Scientists have restored the hearing of mice partly deafened by noise, using advanced tools to boost the production of a key protein in their ears.

By demonstrating the importance of the protein, called NT3, in maintaining communication between the ears and brain, these new findings pave the way for research in humans that could improve treatment of hearing loss caused by noise exposure and normal aging.

In a new paper in the online journal eLife, the team from the University of Michigan Medical School’s Kresge Hearing Research Institute and Harvard University report the results of their work to understand NT3’s role in the inner ear, and the impact of increased NT3 production on hearing after a noise exposure.

Their work also illustrates the key role of cells that have traditionally been seen as the “supporting actors” of the ear-brain connection. Called supporting cells, they form a physical base for the hearing system’s “stars”: the hair cells in the ear that interact directly with the nerves that carry sound signals to the brain. This new research identifies the critical role of these supporting cells along with the NT3 molecules that they produce.

NT3 is crucial to the body’s ability to form and maintain connections between hair cells and nerve cells, the researchers demonstrate. This special type of connection, called a ribbon synapse, allows extra-rapid communication of signals that travel back and forth across tiny gaps between the two types of cells.

“It has become apparent that hearing loss due to damaged ribbon synapses is a very common and challenging problem, whether it’s due to noise or normal aging,” says Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D., who led the team and directs the U-M institute. “We began this work 15 years ago to answer very basic questions about the inner ear, and now we have been able to restore hearing after partial deafening with noise, a common problem for people. It’s very exciting.”

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Newcastle University study links childhood infections to hearing loss in later life

October 21, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research

 

 

ChronicalLive.com, UK
Oct 20, 2014
By Helen Rae

Newcastle University research shows common childhood infections may lead to hearing loss later in life

Common childhood infections may lead to hearing loss in later life, a health study has revealed.

Ailments such as tonsillitis and ear infections can seriously damage a youngster’s hearing as they get older, Newcastle University research shows.

The findings are part of the ongoing 1947 Newcastle Thousand Families Study which monitored 1,142 Newcastle-born babies from 1947 to the present day, measuring their health, growth and development.

Now in their 60s a quarter of the “red spot” babies had their hearing tested and the results have been collated.

Dr Mark Pearce, who led the study at the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University, said: “Our findings show that those who suffered from infections as a child were more likely to have a hearing loss in their 60’s. Reducing childhood infection rates may help prevent hearing loss later in life.

“This study shows the importance of the Newcastle birth cohorts, with the study initially focusing on childhood infections. The study is nearly 70 years old and continues to make a major contribution to understanding health conditions, which is only possible through the continued contribution of cohort members.”

The children, born in May and June 1947, are known as red spot babies because of the way doctors marked their medical files. They have provided invaluable information for studies over the years.

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Vodafone Firsts helps deaf girl experience live music

October 16, 2014 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Vodafone Firsts, the programme that enables people to do remarkable things for the first time with the help of mobile technology, has helped a 19-year-old deaf Dutch girl experience a music concert for the first time.

Vera van Dijk, a 19-year-old Dutch girl who was born deaf and has never been to a concert, is preparing for one of the most exciting moments of her life following a cochlear implant that allows her to hear certain sounds.

Vera started to hear a small number of musical notes when she received the implant two years ago. Because she had limited awareness of the type of music she may like, she accessed social media channels on her smartphone to ask the Dutch public to help Kyteman choose the first song that she would be able to hear perfectly.

To ensure that the sounds are audible to Vera, her #FirstConcert is being composed from scratch using the limited combination of frequencies that the cochlear implant enables her to hear. It is being composed by Kyteman, one of the most popular progressive musicians in the Netherlands, who has worked with Sting and other leading artists.

Watch Video – See more at: http://www.entertainment-focus.com/technology-section/technology-news/vodafone-firsts-helps-deaf-girl-experience-live-music/#sthash.koePlM1o.dpuf

 

 

5 Bad Habits of Hearing Loss (People)

October 14, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

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Legend has it that from the time they first suspect a hearing problem, people typically wait 7 to 10 years before actually doing something about it. That’s a decade—a tenth of a century—of deteriorating communication. Seven to 10 years, wasted!

Research shows many reasons why people delay, including a belief their hearing is not all that bad and they can live with it, that it would cost too much to treat, hearing loss is low on their list of health priorities, or they simply don’t know where to get help. (AARP/American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA): National Poll on Hearing Health, 2011)

But unaddressed hearing loss has side effects. Years of poor communication take a toll on self-esteem, relationships, and overall health. It also gives a person time to develop bad habits. Sam Trychin, the renowned psychologist, public speaker and writer on hearing loss issues, wrote in his Mental Health Practitioner’s Guide (1987):  “The majority of people who are hard of hearing have had a gradual loss over a number of years. For them there may not have been a distinctly recognizable crisis period, but they have had a long time in which to develop and strengthen a variety of bad habits, such as bluffing, which can be highly resistant to change.”

So, what are some of these bad habits?

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Loudoun County Programs- NVRC’s Joan Cassidy

October 10, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, NVRC

 

NVRC website page

HEARING LOSS, TINNITUS AND MENIERE’S SYNDROME SUPPORT, 2 p.m. first Fridays, Senior Center at Cascades, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. For all ages, including parents of children with hearing loss. 703-430-2906.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESOURCE CENTER FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING, 18 and older, 10 a.m. second Tuesdays, Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. 571-258-3400.

HEARING LOSS OUTREACH, free information and referrals. Walk-ins, 10 a.m.-noon fourth Thursdays, Loudoun County Workforce Center, 102 Heritage Way, Leesburg; 10 a.m.-noon third Thursdays, Senior Center at Cascades, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. For free one-on-one appointments, call 703-430-2906 or e-mail nvrcloudoun@aol.com.

Washington Post  . . . .

Video on – Stanford Initiative to Cure Hearing Loss

October 7, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research

 

Video: The Future of Hearing – Exploring the Challenges and Possibilities

On June 18th, we were pleased to present The Future of Hearing: Exploring the Challenges and Possibilities – an evening with honored guest Vint Cerf.

View video  . . .

 

Ecologist develops elephant-inspired hearing aid

October 6, 2014 in Research

 

 

WIRED.CO.UK / SCIENCE
06 OCTOBER 14
by JOSEPH BENNINGTON-CASTRO

American ecologist and hearing specialistCaitlin O’Connell-Rodwell is developing a new hearing aid inspired by elephants. Along with sound, elephants pick up ground-based vibrations, as the skin of their feet and trunks contains mechanoreceptors that can sense them.

“We [humans] have the same ability to detect vibrations, but people with normal hearing don’t focus on it,” says O’Connell-Rodwell.

She has partnered with HNU Photonics, a research company based on Maui, Hawaii, to develop a patch that adheres to the skin; this transduces sound into vibrations, which the brain interprets as a kind of Braille or Morse code. When participants touch the device, tiny electromagnets vibrate. Mechanoreceptors sense the vibrations, and send signals to the brain.

It turns out that the vibrotactile sense of the hearing-impaired is more pronounced than that of people with normal hearing, because their brains process the stimuli in the unused auditory cortex. “There’s a big population that is underserved… and could benefit from the same use of vibrations as elephants.”

 

Rebecca Alexander book “Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found”

October 3, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

October 19, 2014
2:00 PM
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike • Fairfax, VA 22031

Rebecca Alexander visits JCCNV on Sunday, October 19.  Thirty-five-year-old Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, a spin instructor, a volunteer, and an athlete. She is also almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing. Her first book, Not Fade Awayis a deeply moving exploration of the obstacles we all face—physical, psychological, and philosophical.  Her brother, NBC reporter Peter Alexander, recently did a story about his sister on The Today Show.

http://www.today.com/health/peter-alexanders-sister-rebecca-wont-let-going-blind-deaf-hold-1D801466264

This event is in partnership with the JCCNV’s Special Needs Department and Special Needs Book Club.
Jessica Tischler will arrange for an ASL interpreter if there is a request.  Contact Jessica at Jessica.Tischler@jccnv.org

Books are now available for sale at the JCCNV front desk.
Not Fade Away: $27.00 + 1.62 (6% sales tax) = $28.62. Book signing following event.
Buy a book at the JCCNV by 4pm on October 15 and receive TWO complimentary admissions to the October 19 event with Rebecca.

Buy tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/190347

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