Scientists Are Working On A New Way To Reverse Hearing Loss

first_imgRoughly one-third of senior adult citizens suffer from moderate hearing loss. With more people choosing to attend live concerts without the use of ear protection, and with more emphasis on volume than on clarity, that number of people detrimentally effected by sound will likely increase. However, according to a new study reported by the Atlantic, we might be able to reverse the effects of hearing loss.As the Atlantic explains the matter,We owe our hearing to a tiny field of swaying cilia deep in the skull. Four rows of hair cells sprout in the snail-shaped cochlea of the inner ear, which is filled with fluid. Sound vibrations cause them to bend, opening pores that activate electrical signals bound for the brain. We are born with 15,000 hair cells in each ear, but unlike skin or other cell types, they do not turn over or replenish themselves. Loss of these hair cells over time accounts for much of the age-related hearing loss around the world, as well as that caused by too much loud noise. A loud sound can permanently bend or physically prune a fragile hair cell, rendering it ineffective.This does not ring true for all animals, however. While animals like birds and reptiles have “notch inhibitor” class molecules, which stimulates regrowth in sensory hair cells after destruction of hearing, humans and other mammals do not, which is why our hearing loss is currently more permanent. This new study suggests that a treatment could potentially act as the missing notch inhibitor and cause the lost hair cells to regrow and multiply in a semi-natural state. The article explains, “Each hair cell responds best to a particular frequency of sound — they are arranged in order of frequency along the cochlea — so scientists can pinpoint the effect of these new cells on hearing. When regenerated hair cells were then grown in the cochlea of mice, the pitches corresponding to their placement were better detected by the animals.”In 2013, Dr. Albert Edge led a team of researchers to grow and regenerate hair cells in the cochlea of mice, which allowed the rodent to increasingly detect different kinds of sounds. The team noticed the similarities between the side effects of dementia treatment and in treating deafness, which brought them to testing the mice’s response — which proved successful.Dr. Edge’s company Audion Therapeutics is moving forward with this method by planning the same attempt on humans. They are using compounds developed by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and are teaming up with Frequency Therapeutics for the human clinical trials to develop the treatment, using either a tube or piece of foam in the middle ear to similarly stimulate the regrowth of hair cells that were once damaged by sound in the human ears.Projects like these have no proposed trajectory of time or success, and may take years to see developments in the theory. However, we’re moving in the right direction, and hopefully those who spent their early years scoping out the rail closest to the bass amp will be able to hear again one day. Though, you should still always take care of your ears![Photo Credit: Phillippe Wojazer / Reuters][via The Atlantic]last_img read more

Cuomo: Moves presidential primary election

first_img(WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order to move the presidential primary election on Saturday. Cuomo announced three new sites that will host 695 beds. The sites are located at the South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island, Westchester Square in the Bronx and Health Alliance in Ulster County. Cuomo said the primary will be moved from April 28 to June 23 which will align it with the congressional and legislative primaries. Additionally, the governor announced that the temporary hospital at the Javits Center is expected to open on Monday, March 30. Governor Cuomo also issued an executive order to push he tax filing deadline for personal and corporate taxes to July 15.center_img The governor announced that the Empire State Development Board of Directors approved $7.5 million in COVID-19 Business Counseling to support non-profit partners across the state. This will provide small businesses with aid in securing disaster assistance. After a conversation with President Trump on Saturday morning, Cuomo said the federal government approved the four new temporary hospitals announced earlier this month for construction by the Army Corps of Engineers. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

Horrific bushfire season to force interest rates to record low

first_imgThat was expected to push the Reserve Bank board to cut its cash rate target by 0.25 percentage points to 0.5 per cent at its first 2020 monetary policy meeting – set for February 4 in Sydney.The current season – which doesn’t end until May – has so far seen around 11m hectares of land and over 1900 homes burnt in wildfires across four Australian states. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago Burnt property seen in Clifton Creek January 9, 2020 as extreme fire danger was forecast for the north of Victoria on Friday. Picture: Luis Ascui/Getty Images.The fallout from Australia’s worst bushfire season since Black Saturday has almost guaranteed interest rates will drop to a new historic low within weeks.This as experts warn of a high risk of broader economic impacts off the 2019-2020 bushfire season – including mounting insurance costs, mortgage delinquencies, damage to agriculture, tourism, household spending and worker productivity from enduring air pollution. Bayside property market on the up in 2020 Middle Brisbane seeing strongest home price growthcenter_img MORE: Thousands open homes to bushfire evacuees The homes of Beau Williams and his father Brian Williams were lost during bushfires in late 2019 at Noosa. Picture: Peter Wallis.Moody’s Investors Service said as of January 7, the Insurance Council of Australia tallied 8,985 bushfire related insurance claims lodged in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. The figure was for the period beginning September 2019 when the first seasonal bushfires broke out in Queensland. The Insurance Council believe total insurance losses could run up a high as $700m “as many more claims are lodged over the coming weeks”.Moody’s Investors Service expected the lion’s share of the claims to be worn by Queensland firm Suncorp Group, through subsidiary AAI Limited, and Insurance Australia Group “because of their significant market share in home and motor insurance”.Moody’s Analytics economist Katrina Ell warned “the risk of there being broader macroeconomic spillovers this season are high given the scale of the fires”. “Odds were already high that the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut interest rates at its next meeting, in February, to bring the cash rate to 0.5 per cent. The fires increase those odds”.She said “it could be some months before efforts move from fire containment to rebuilding”.The ASX rate tracker yesterday saw the market swing towards a 60 per cent expectation of a rate cut to 0.5 per cent.Ms Ell said “bushfires in Australia have not tended to have an aggregate impact on the economy; instead there have been severe localised impacts. But the risk of there being broader macroeconomic spillovers this season are high given the scale of the fires as well as the fact that it is still early in the bushfire season and the existing fires are yet to be contained.”According to Moody’s Investors Service “mortgage delinquencies will increase in affected areas, due to the economic disruption and the damage caused by the fires”.It said “insurance, relief measures and loan features mitigate risks” and help “to limit mortgage delinquencies or preventing them escalating to defaults and losses”. – FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more

Iwobi Beats Hazard, Firmino to Premier League Award

first_imgManchester United’s Ashley Young, Ayoze Perez (Newcastle), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Josh Murphy (Cardiff City), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) all have three nutmegs each to place fifth on the table.Nutmeg is a skill in association football that refers to when one player directs the ball intentionally between the legs of another player.Iwobi will be hoping to make his tenth appearance in the Emirates FA Cup when Arsenal travel to Blackpool today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria international Alex Iwobi has completed the most nutmegs in the English Premier League so far this season.According to Sun UK, the Arsenal winger heads the table of the topnutmeggers of 2018 along with West Ham’s in-form winger Felipe Anderson, with both players having five to their name.There is a two-way tie for the third position. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester City’s Leroy Sane have completed four nutmegs.last_img read more