Researchers help uncover a root cause of childhood deafness in the inner ear using animal model

Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to structures in the inner ear. Enlargement of the vestibular aqueduct (EVA) has long been associated with hearing loss. A new study using a mouse model finally reveals the root cause of how this structure becomes enlarged, and could lead to new approaches to preventing and treating hearing loss associated with EVA and similar disorders.

Link: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/news/2017/childhood-deafness-research

What Parents Want From Hearing Professionals

As technology improves and early diagnosis and interventions for infants are more available, it may be easy to lose sight of the fact that despite all the progress being made in audiology, families are still “rocked” when they learn that their baby has significant hearing loss. For many parents, any information shared about “how far audiology has come” is lost, because they often don’t hear anything beyond these words: “Your child has hearing loss.” But in their journey of raising a child with hearing loss, parents develop a certain level of expertise and offer unique insights that would be useful to hearing professionals.

Link: http://journals.lww.com/thehearingjournal/Fulltext/2017/10000/What_Parents_Want_From_Hearing_Professionals.9.aspx