Following are a selection of interesting news items from our field. This section will be updated on a continuous basis so check back often in between issues, to see what is new.

Sustainability. A New Life for Reconditioned Hearing Aids In Burlington, Ontario

Source: Audiology World News

Several hearing aid recycling initiatives are already in place in Canada. The Hamilton Spectator reported in October on a new program in Ontario that provides an answer to the question of what to do with hearing aids that are no longer needed, but that are still in excellent condition.

Ecstasy and Noise: A Deafening Mix

Source: Audiology World News

It seems that ear damage from noise and the drug ecstasy make for a deafening mix. American researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan (USA) have shown that ecstasy, chemically MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine), worsens hearing loss related to noise trauma.

Research Upends Understanding Of How Humans Perceive Sound

Source: The Hearing Review

A new study published in Neuron overturns some ideas about the underlying molecular mechanisms for adaptation and could have significant impact on future research for treating hearing loss.

Potential Breakthrough In Hearing In Noise Technology

Source: The Hearing Review

Computer engineers and hearing scientists at Ohio State have made a potential breakthrough in solving a 50-year-old problem in hearing technology: how to help the hearing-impaired understand speech in the midst of background noise.

Use of Electrical Stimulation of the Vagal Nerve Shows Promise in Treating Tinnitus

Source: Hearing Health & Technology Matters

By David Kirkwood

ANTWERP, BELGIUM—Vagal nerve stimulation, which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating partial-onset epilepsy and treatment-resistant depression, has shown promise as part of a treatment for alleviating the symptoms of tinnitus.

Writing in the November 20 issue of the online journal Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, the researchers

Researchers Close In On Mystery Channel Crucial for Hearing

Source: The Hearing Review

A new study could help lead to a definitive identification of the molecular components of transduction channels in hair cells.

How poverty molds the brain

Source: ScienceDaily

Groundbreaking research nearly two decades ago linking a mother's educational background to her children's literacy and cognitive abilities stands out among decades of social science studies demonstrating the adverse effects of poverty. Now new research has taken that finding in a neuroscientific direction: linking poor processing of auditory information in the adolescent brain to a lower maternal educational background.

Loud Crackers May Cause Stress, Hearing Loss, Claim Experts

Source: Times of India

The high decibel noise may trigger problems like annoyance, hypertension, stress, hearing loss, and sleep disturbances, says Prof S K Agarwal of the Institute of ...

Vision or Hearing Loss Ups Autism Risk

Source: SFARI News

Children with poor vision or a hearing loss are more likely to be diagnosed with autism than are those in the general population, reports a large epidemiological.