Kill the Germs, Spare the Ears

The world needs new antibiotics to overcome the ever increasing
resistance of disease-causing bacteria — but it doesn’t need the side
effect that comes with some of the most powerful ones now available:
hearing loss. Today, researchers report they have developed a new
approach to designing antibiotics that kill even “superbugs” but spare
the delicate sensory cells of the inner ear. Read more about this new study.


Grant Awarded to Assist Hard of Hearing and Deaf Students

Researchers have found that differences in the way deaf and
hard-of-hearing students learn are multifaceted: from the development
and mastery of early language skills in both American Sign Language and spoken languages, to the organization of knowledge and individual learning strategies. A grant has been awarded to assist hard-of-hearing and deaf students. Money to help continue education.


The June edition of Probes and Tips is now available: Helpful Hints for Successful Screening

The June Edition of Probes and Tips is now available:

Helpful Hints for Successful Screening 

This edition includes such items as:

  • Suggestions offered to Early Head Start programs conducting Otoacoustic Emissions hearing screenings
  • Probe of the month: How have your screening experiences changed and improved over time?  Let us know at:


Utah Boy Scout Troop Cycles 314 Miles, Raising Awareness of Cochlear Implants

Cochlear Americas, the world’s leading implantable hearing solutions
company, announced today that it will support Utah-based Boy Scouts of
America Varsity Team 770 in its 314 mile trek across the state of Utah
to help raise awareness of cochlear implants.

Troop member Jaden Paxton – 14 years old – is leading the charge to
raise awareness of cochlear implant technology, stepping up on behalf of
his younger brother, Chance, who went deaf at one year old. After
trying hearing aids, Chance received his first cochlear implant at 6
years old and his second one shortly thereafter.


Attending a Concert Caused 72% of Study's Teenagers to Experience Reduced Hearing Ability

According to a new study conducted by House Research Institute
(HRI) researchers, 72% of teenagers participating in a study experienced
temporary reduced hearing ability following exposure to a pop rock
performance by a popular female singer. M. Jennifer Derebery, MD, House Clinic physician, along with the
House Research Institute tested teens’ hearing before and after a
concert and presented the study findings at a recent American Otologic
Society meeting and that also will be published in an upcoming issue of Otology & Neurotology.
The hearing loss that may be experienced after a pop rock concert is
not generally believed to be permanent. It is called a temporary
threshold shift and usually disappears within 16-48 hours, after which a
person’s hearing returns to previous levels. However, repeated
exposures to the same levels may cause permanent damage.