Research Articles

Scientific and technical articles regarding hearing loss and treatments for hearing loss.


Acute Otitis Media (AOM) - Practitioners' Dilema

A bacterial or viral infection of the middle ear, acute otitis media (AOM) is the most common childhood infection in the United States for which antibiotics are prescribed. It’s also the leading reason for pediatric healthcare visits, accounting for nearly 30 million outpatient visits. Many children experience recurrent AOM.


Hidden Hearing Loss: The Ground Truth

Scientists aim to uncover the prevalence, diagnosis, and functional consequences of cochlear synatopathy.

For years, clinicians and auditory neuroscientists have assumed that hair cells are the most vulnerable elements in
the inner ear. Hair cell damage is typically the cause of hearing loss, as detected by the threshold audiogram (the
gold standard test of hearing sensitivity); however, it’s been noted that two individuals with the same audiogram
results can have very different hearing handicaps—notably, the ability to understand words in a noisy environment.


Certain OTC, less expensive hearing aids provide benefit similar to conventional hearing aids

A comparison between less-expensive, over-the-counter hearing assistance devices and a conventional hearing aid found that some of these devices were associated with improvements in hearing similar to the hearing aid.


Intelligible speech despite noisy surroundings

A method for predicting speech intelligibility in noisy surroundings has been created by scienitsts. The results of their experiments are more precise than those gained through the standard methods applied before now. They might thus facilitate the development process of hearing aids.


Decibel Therapeutics Presents at 2017 Annual Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Meeting

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Decibel Therapeutics, a company focused on discovering and developing new therapies to protect, repair, and restore hearing, today announced the presentation of data from advancements in its end-to-end technology platform. The data are being presented at the 40th Annual Midwinter Meeting of the Annual Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) in Baltimore, MD.


New Technique generates high volume of sensory cells needed for hearing

A two-step process of multiplying stem cells found in the inner ear and converting them to hair cells may restore hearing lost to age, noise damage and other factors.


Hearing restored in mice with noise-induced deafness

Although loud noise can result in irreversible hearing loss, researchers in Boston partially restored the hearing of mice with noise-induced deafness by regenerating damaged sound-sensing hair cells in the inner ear.

The study authors said their findings might one day help lead to the development of new treatments for people with acute hearing loss.


Difficulty to understand speech in noisy environment linked to hidden hearing loss in young adults

Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear have, for the first time, linked symptoms of difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments with evidence of cochlear synaptopathy, a condition known as "hidden hearing loss," in college-age human subjects with normal hearing sensitivity.