Researchers have identified a master gene that programs ear hair cells into either inner or outer cells. The discovery could lead to new treatments to restore hearing loss associated with aging, noise exposure, or as an adverse reaction to medical therapies.
Early exposure to language, whether it's vocalized or sign language, assists with normal brain development in children, researchers report.
Hearing loss was associated with an increased risk of depression in older adults. Those of lower socioeconomic status were twice as likely to report symptoms of depression. However, using hearing aids helped alleviate symptoms of depression.
EEG and AI technology can directly decode the direction in which people are listening from brainwaves alone, without having to link them to direct sounds.
Researchers propose an alternative mechanism to explain the link between hearing loss and dementia. The study sheds light on the role of the medial temporal lobe in auditory cognition.