WHO is undertaking a twitter and FB campaign on the occasion of International Ear Care Day. The campaign will be running over the next few days. Please feel free to join in and give your thoughts and opinions on the issue of hearing loss.
You can join it at https://twitter.com/@WHO
Also, watch out for hearing loss stories on the WHO Facebook account.
More than 360 million people have disabling hearing loss, according to new global estimates released by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), which adds that production of hearing aids is not keeping up with the urgent demand. Another 32 million people affected by hearing loss are children under the age of 15. Many of whom live in low- and middle-income countries – particularly in South Asia, Asia and the Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa – where untreated ear infections lead to hearing loss.
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a group of progenitor cells in the inner ear that can become the sensory hair cells and adjacent supporting cells that enable hearing.
Mediclinic City Hospital and hearLIFE Clinic, both in Dubai Healthcare City, have formed a unique alliance to provide the most advanced services in the treatment of hearing loss. The hearLIFE Clinic is the first clinic in the Middle East purely dedicated to the treatment of hearing loss, and their services include state-of-the-art cochlear implants.
For the first time, researchers have snapped pictures of mouse inner ear cells using an approach that doesn’t damage tissue or require elaborate dyes. The approach could offer a way to investigate hearing loss — the most common sensory deficit in the world — and may help guide the placement of cochlear devices or other implants.
The February edition of Probes and Tips is now available: ABCs of Hearing & Hearing Loss.
This edition includes such items as:
- A highlight of the Hearing Loss in Young Children webinar (45 mins.) that covers topics, such as:
- Anatomy of the ear
- Types/Degrees of hearing loss
- Simulation of a hearing loss
- Roles of Early Head Start staff
- You can watch the webinar at your convenience and pass the link along to others who could benefit from it.
Researchers at the University of Florida have figured out the longstanding problem of how to safely create temporary, reversible hearing loss in order to see how well new drugs work. “There’s a real need for drug solutions to hearing loss,” says lead investigator Colleen Le Prell, an associate professor in the department of speech, language, and hearing sciences.
About 26 million American adults have noise-induced hearing loss, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Prevention is key because damage to hearing-related hair cells in the inner ear by loud noise is irreversible.
We’ve updated our Web Resource Guide to include a downloadable Website Marketing Tool and Checklist. Use the website checklist to find valuable suggestions that could help to improve your State’s EHDI website.
Researchers report that hearing and balance can be rescued by a new therapy in a mouse model of Usher syndrome that contains the mutation responsible for type 1C Usher. The results provide the first evidence that congenital deafness can be effectively overcome by treatment early in development to correct gene expression. Read the article to find out more.