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2012-06-27 22:38:09

The University of Southampton has developed a new hearing screening test which could help the estimated 100 million people suffering from hearing loss in China. This new Chinese version is based on a hearing screening test developed by the University's Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), which has already been taken by more than a million people across Europe. The tests aim to address the fact that hundreds of millions of people worldwide have hearing loss but only a...

2010-11-11 14:00:10

Adults born deaf react more quickly to objects at the edge of their visual field than hearing people, according to groundbreaking new research by the University of Sheffield. The study, which was funded by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID), has, for the first time ever, seen scientists test how peripheral vision develops in deaf people from childhood to adulthood. Dr Charlotte Codina, from the University's Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, led the research and...

2009-09-10 08:45:48

A new study by the University of East Anglia (UEA) suggests computers are now better at lip-reading than humans. The peer-reviewed findings will be presented for the first time at the eighth International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing (AVSP) 2009, held at the University of East Anglia from September 10-13. A research team from the School of Computing Sciences at UEA compared the performance of a machine-based lip-reading system with that of 19 human lip-readers. They found...

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2009-02-22 14:20:00

A charity says, that the future health of thousands of U.K. children could be affected due to their ear infections if not treated properly.The antibiotics are given routinely in many cases, but often do not work, according to Deafness Research U.K.The charity also said that children whose hearing is regularly affected might suffer development problems.  However, many parents are unaware of what to do.It is vital to seek GP advice about recurrent infections, said the RNID.Last year, the...

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2008-11-24 09:50:00

An ear implant that works by aiming infrared light into the inner ear is being explored by U.S. researchers. Nerves located in the ear can be moved by light in addition to sound, and a research group from Northwestern University, Illinois, is trying to capitalize on this idea. Infrared light pointed onto guinea pig nerve cells shaped more superior results than typical cochlear implants, a description in New Scientist magazine stated. However, the UK charity RNID announced that a mechanism...

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2008-06-10 12:40:00

A new study has found that obesity and smoking could be linked to permanent hearing loss. Although scientists involved in the Antwerp University study noted that high levels of work-related noise remains the biggest risk, they added that both smoking and obesity could cause hearing loss by decreasing blood flow and oxygen to the ears. The study was conducted jointly between the University of Paris and University College London.This causes a build up of free radicals in cochlear...

2006-07-05 08:20:00

LONDON -- Belgian scientists have pinpointed three genes which could explain why some people exposed to loud noise suffer hearing loss. The genes discovered by Professor Guy Van Camp and researchers at the University of Antwerp are involved in the recycling of potassium in the inner ear, which is essential for normal hearing. Dr Ralph Holme, of Britain's national charity for the deaf and hard of hearing RNID, which funded the research, described the finding as a very exciting breakthrough....