Egocentric hearing: Study clarifies how we can tell where a sound is coming from
A new UCL and University of Nottingham study has found that most neurons in the brain s auditory cortex detect where a sound is coming from relative to the head, but some are tuned to a sound source s actual position in the world. The study, published in PLOS Biology , looked at whether head movements change the responses of neurons that track sound location. Our brains can represent sound location in either an egocentric manner - for example, when I can t ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Jun 17
I can hear you now: Clinic provides free hearing aids for low-income adults
Low-income people dealing with hearing loss just got a little hope. Doctors from Michigan Medicine s Department of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery partnered with the Hope Clinic to create Hope for Hearing, a program that provides free hearing aids to uninsured adults. The partnership between the free independent clinic and University of Michigan started in 2010 to provide Hope Clinic patients with access to specialty care. We saw there was a need f ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Jun 17
Word Games and Aphasia
Games are a great way to continue practicing word use at home. They can reinforce speech therapy work or keep the mind active during the early stages of Primary Progressive Aphasia. Word games will keep you interacting with letters, but even visually-based activities are great for getting the conversation rolling. Look at some of the hellip
Aphasia.org - Thu. Jun 15
Program developed to provide free hearing aids to low-income adults
An intervention at a free clinic that included comprehensive care for hearing was able to provide recycled, donated hearing aids to low-income adults, according to a study published by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head Neck Surgery . Free clinics play an important role in providing health care to uninsured and underinsured individuals. A 2010 survey reported that there are more than 1,000 free clinics providing health care to approximately 1.8 million Americans ann ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jun 15
Could Technology Change Aphasia Treatment in the Future?
Technology is changing the lives of people post-stroke. Gizmodo recently published an article about a brain computer interface enabling people to regain movement after a stroke. The brain still remembers physical actions even if the body can no longer perform them. A special cap helps create new connections between the brain and the body. To hellip
Aphasia.org - Tue. Jun 13
Thought Processing a Concern of Parkinson's Patients, Study Says
Declines in thinking skills could have a greater impact on Parkinson s disease patients ability to converse than physical problems, according to a British study. Around 70 percent of people with Parkinson s have problems with speech and communication, which can really impact their quality of life, said lead investigator Maxwell Barnish, formerly of the University of East Anglia, in England. Researchers and clinicians have in the past focused on the physica ...
Healthday - Mon. Jun 12
Scientists Pinpoint a Speech Center in Brain
Researchers say they ve pinpointed a part of the brain that processes speech. The finding about the superior temporal sulcus -- located in the temporal lobe -- helps resolve the decades-old question about whether there are certain regions of the brain exclusively dedicated to managing speech, the New York University research team said. We now know there is at least one part of the brain that specializes in the processing of speech and doesn t have a role i ...
Healthday - Mon. Jun 12
Early Intervention Holds Hope for Those Who Stutter
Stuttering may seem simple enough. People who stutter cannot get words out properly. They repeat or prolong sounds or syllables, sometimes appearing to physically struggle to speak. But the problem is much more complex than that, involving factors as disparate as genetics, emotion, brain activity, motor control and language, said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation of America. There are so many factors involved in saying one word, it is the ...
Healthday - Mon. Jun 12
A Toddler's Screen Time Tied to Speech Delay
Letting a baby or toddler use a smartphone or tablet may lead to delays in talking, a new study suggests. Handheld devices are everywhere these days, said principal investigator Dr. Catherine Birken, a staff pediatrician and scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. While new pediatric guidelines suggest limiting screen time for babies and toddlers, we believe that the use of smartphones and tablets with young children has become quite common ...
Healthday - Mon. Jun 12
Communication Problems Not at Root of Tantrums in Kids With Autism
Children with autism spectrum disorders probably aren t throwing more tantrums because of a lack of ability to communicate, new research suggests. Speech and language problems are common in autism. Many children with autism aren t able to speak clearly. Some can t speak at all. But in this study, the researchers found that children with autism who have clear speech and a high ability to communicate have just as many outbursts as those who don t. There is a ...
Healthday - Mon. Jun 12
New intervention brings hope to patients with primary progressive aphasia
A Baycrest Health Sciences researcher and clinician has developed the first group language intervention that helps individuals losing the ability to speak due to a rare form of dementia, and could help patients maintain their communication abilities for longer. Primary Progressive Aphasia PPA is a unique language disorder that involves struggles with incorrect word substitutions, mispronounced words and or difficulty understanding simple words and forgetti ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 12
Right-or left-handedness affects sign language comprehension
The speed at which sign language users understand what others are saying to them depends on whether the conversation partners are left- or right-handed, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Birmingham worked with British Sign Language BSL signers to see how differences in sign production affect sign comprehension. In BSL a signer s dominant hand produces all one-handed signs and leads when producing two-handed signs. They discovered that ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 12