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The path from student to researcher is not set in stone; most take the more traditional route where they choose a field during their undergraduate years and keep with it through master’s and Ph.D. degrees. Then, there are others who happen upon the field and, unsuspectingly, fall in love with it.  Jennifer Stone, a research professor at the UW, falls

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Age-related hearing loss is one of the most common health disorders of aging, affecting two-thirds of those over age 70. However, few adults are tested for hearing loss, and even fewer are treated. Only 14% of adults with hearing loss in the United States wear hearing aids, the standard treatment. Because studies show people with age-related hearing loss are more

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Our brains have a remarkable ability to pick out one voice from among many. Now, a team of Columbia University neuroengineers has uncovered the steps that take place in the brain to make this feat possible. Today’s discovery helps to solve a long-standing scientific question as to how the auditory cortex, the brain’s listening center, can decode and amplify one voice over

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It's estimated that up to 15 percent of Americans (50 million persons) might be victims of "tinnitus," that eternal whine or ringing in one's ears that won't ever stop One of the clinical descriptions of tinnitus is “the perception of a sound that’s not objectively measurable." There is no medical cure for tinnitus nor are there medicines to cure it. The people this

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Globally, one in three adults aged over 60 has hearing loss, increasing to four in five for those over 80. Over the life course, hearing declines through exposure to loud noise, secondary consequences of cardiovascular changes, or general ‘wear-and-tear’. While hearing loss in older adults is often dismissed as a normal consequence of aging and garners little attention from health

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