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Large-scale, collaborative effort could help ease global hearing loss
DURHAM, N.C. - A team of hearing experts at Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke Global Health Institute is calling for a comprehensive, worldwide initiative to combat hearing loss. The percentage of people worldwide with hearing loss has been on the rise, increasing from 14 percent to 18 percent over the past 25 years. Recent data estimate half a billion people worldwide have moderate to severe hearing losses. The trend is ever-upward, despite ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Study Looks at Parkinson's Effect on Life Span
People with brain diseases such as Parkinson s and dementia with Lewy bodies die about two years earlier compared with people who don t have these conditions, a new study suggests. The report provides new clues about the survival of patients with degenerative brain diseases, researchers at the Mayo Clinic said. Our results may be helpful to guide clinicians counseling patients and caregivers, Dr. Rodolfo Savica and colleagues wrote in the report published ...
Healthday - Mon. Jul 10
Reading to Babies Translates Into More Literate Preschoolers
If you ever wondered whether reading Goodnight Moon to your baby every night was a waste of time, a new study suggests it wasn t. The researchers followed more than 250 children from the age of 6 months to 54 months. The investigators found that kids whose mothers started reading to them in early infancy had better vocabulary and reading skills four years later, just before the start of elementary school. These findings are exciting because they suggest th ...
Healthday - Sun. Jul 9
Marking Your Aphasia Anniversary
Most people with aphasia can pinpoint an anniversary date the day their life changed. Maybe it was a stroke that altered the ability to communicate. Or an aneurysm that changed your speech patterns. Maybe instead of an event it was the diagnosis of Primary Progressive Aphasia that gave a name to the loss of words. hellip
Aphasia.org - Thu. Jul 6
Do You Feel Divided From the Person You Used to Be?
Life changing events may leave you feeling divided into 8220 the person you used to be 8221 and the 8220 person you are now. 8221 The change may not be drastic, or the change may create a profound before and after. Lauren Marks explores this idea in her new memoir, A Stitch of Time. Seeing Old Friends Lauren Marks hellip
Aphasia.org - Thu. Jul 6
Telling Someone Else's Aphasia Story
Where does one person 8217 s story begin and another person 8217 s story end The people around you may be affected by your aphasia, and it becomes part of their story. Or the same thing can happen in reverse, the people around you become part of your aphasia story. Characters overlap and may see the same situation from hellip
Aphasia.org - Thu. Jul 6
A Cheaper Alternative to Hearing Aids?
A handful of over-the-counter personal sound amplification products fared as well as an expensive hearing aid in helping people pick up more words in conversation, researchers report. While the study took place in a sound booth, in this controlled environment, some of these devices helped people with mild to moderate hearing loss as well as a hearing aid, said study author Nicholas Reed. He is an audiologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in Baltimor ...
Healthday - Thu. Jul 6
Gaze direction affects sensitivity to sounds
Listening to something while looking in a different direction can slow down reaction times while the brain works harder to suppress distractions, finds a new UCL study. In a study published in Scientific Reports , UCL researchers found that a misalignment between the direction of the eyes and the focus of auditory attention leads to slower reactions and increased listening effort. We frequently listen away from where our eyes are directed, such as when dri ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jul 6
Thank You for Bringing Aphasia Awareness
Aphasia Awareness Month may be coming to an end tomorrow, but the work of educating the general public about aphasia continues well beyond the month of June. We 8217 re not slowing down, and we hope you 8217 ll still be doing the hard work of spreading awareness, too. We 8217 ve kicked off another book club book A Stitch of hellip
Aphasia.org - Tue. Jul 4
Certain OTC, less expensive hearing aids provide benefit similar to convention...
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, according to a study published by JAMA . Presently, hearing aids can only be purchased in the United States through a licensed professional, with an average cost of 4,700 for two hearing aids uncovered by Medicare . According to nationally re ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jul 3
A Stitch of Time: Invisible Effects of Aphasia
Some effects of aphasia are apparent immediately. The inability to follow a conversation or answer a question signals to the other person that there is a communication problem. But some of the effects of aphasia lie hidden deep below the surface. This is the first thought that Lauren Marks tackles in her new memoir about hellip
Aphasia.org - Sat. Jul 1
Poorer Kindergarteners Face a 'Double Dose of Disadvantage'
Low-income kids face language-learning obstacles at home and at school, a new study contends. Children may go from a home with limited physical and psychological resources for learning and language to a school with similar constraints, resulting in a double dose of disadvantage, said study lead author Susan Neuman. She is a professor of childhood and literacy education at New York University. Neuman and her colleagues followed 70 Michigan kindergarteners. ...
Healthday - Sat. Jul 1