Our love of iPods, iPhones and other personal audio devices means the problem of hearing loss is worsening.
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People with migraines -- either with or without an aura preceding the headache -- show changes in the structure of their brains on imaging tests, researchers say.
by Tracy Miller
Activities that force us to think about balance — like wearing heels, taking a yoga class or being on a cruise ship — have the power to influence our decision-making, according to Brigham Young University researchers.
By Meeri Kim
Dizziness, vertigo and nausea are common symptoms of an inner-ear infection. But they can also be signs of a stroke.
Identification of key neurons that sense unexpected motion has significant implications for understanding of motion sickness.
Researchers have found in mice that supporting cells in the inner ear, once thought to serve only a structural role, can actively help repair damaged sensory hair cells, the functional cells that turn vibrations into the electrical signals that the brain recognizes as sound.
Researchers at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health, working with scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital, recently identified two inner ear proteins that are critical for hearing. When certain genetic mutations harm these proteins, a type of delayed, progressive hearing loss may result. Results from the study were published in the July 18 online edition of Neuron.
A research project at Kansas State University has potential to treat human deafness and loss of balance.
More than 28 million people in the United States suffer some form of hearing loss and mutation of the SLC26A4 gene, normally found in the cochlea and vestibular organs of the inner ear as well as in the endolymphatic sac, a non-sensory part of the inner ear, is implicated as one of the most common forms of hereditary hearing loss in children worldwide.
By Lore Croghan
They look like fancied-up swim goggles — but could save stroke victims’ lives.
Brooklyn Maimonides Medical Center is the first hospital in the city to obtain high-tech glasses which will make it easier for stroke teams in the emergency room to identify stroke victims who don’t have the usual symptoms.
By Mark Hoffman
Stem cell researchers from Indiana University achieved a breakthrough by inducing mouse embryonic stem cells to grow functional inner ear structures in the laboratory. The discovery provides new insights into this sensory organ's developmental process and sets the stage for laboratory models of disease, drug discovery and potential treatments for hearing loss and balance disorders.