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NEWS & RESEARCH

Prenatal Smoking leads to Hearing Loss


New research suggests that prenatal smoking can lead to hearing loss in adolescents. Data taken from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that in most cases, kids that were exposed to smoking in utero were three times as likely to develop a hearing loss later in life.  According to JAMA Otolaryngology (a scientific journal that specializes in head and neck surgeries), “these novel findings suggest that in utero exposure to tobacco smoke may be injurious to the auditory system.”  More information can be found at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/08/hearingloss/2480365/


Hearing Loss from explosions may be treatable


According to a new study done by Stanford University School of Medicine, hearing loss caused by loud explosions may now be treatable.  Loud blasts, such as those caused by roadside bombs, cause hair-cell and nerve-cell damage inside of the ear. Previously, these loud blasts were believed to cause structural and permenant damage to the cochlea of the ear. New treatment may involve medication, taken immediately after loud blasts, to limit the damage done to the ear. More information can be found at:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/262752.php

Treatment for Hereditary Hearing Loss


Researchers at Kansas State University may have discovered a way to treat deafness that results from a certain genetic mutation involing the SLC26A4 gene.   When properly expressed, the SLC26A4 gene provides instructions for making a protein called pendrin, which helps to maintain certain level of ions in the inner ear.  An imbalance of these charged particles during embryonic development can cause deafness and loss of balance. Mutation of the SLC26A4 gene is one of the most common forms of hereditary hearing loss in children all over the world.  Through an innovative experiment using mice, scientists have discovered a way to express the SLC26A4 gene in the endolymphatic sac (a non-sensory organ of the inner ear).  The mice that received the treatment were able to develop normal hearing and balance.  The goal of future research is to develop a pharmacological treatment similar to this for human patients.  For more information, visit

http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/17548/20130718/hearing-loss-balance-issues-deafness-mutant-mice-gene-mutation.htm

 

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BEGINNINGS receives $2500 grant

BEGINNINGS For Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, a North Carolina-based nonprofit, is pleased to announce it has received a $2500 grant from the Irene Rand Poole Endowment Fund of Triangle Community Foundation.
 
This generous gift will allow BEGINNINGS to continue to spread awareness about hearing loss and to assure the positive academic and emotional development of children with hearing loss through support to parents.
 
“The funds awarded to BEGINNINGS from the Irene Rand Poole Endowment Fund of Triangle Community Foundation are vital in ensuring parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing have access to critical information, support and assistance at no cost to them as they face the daunting decisions they must make for their children soon after the hearing loss is identified and throughout the child’s education,” said Joni Alberg, Executive Director of BEGINNINGS.
 
For additional information contact Georganne Sanders at 919-715-4092 or gsanders@ncbegin.org and for more information about the Triangle Community Foundation please visit http://trianglecf.org/.

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BEGINNINGS is a 501(c)(3) which supports parents of children who have hearing loss (ages birth to 22) by providing impartial information about communication options, emotional support and technical assistance as they make decisions for their child and family. BEGINNINGS provides support to the professionals who serve these families, deaf parents of hearing children and works to educate all parents and children about the importance of hearing loss prevention.
 
 
Copyright © *2013* *BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, INC.*, All rights reserved.

 

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