All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Deaf’

Deaf Moviegoers’ Options Grow with Expansion of New Closed-Captioning Glasses

Closed captioning has been helping deaf and hearing impaired television and movie fans for decades – but the technology has mostly been limited to the home viewing experience. Going out the the theater has traditionally posed a problem for those who require captioning, since theater companies cannot accomodate their needs by putting captioning on all their films, for all to …

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Diabetes Linked to Hearing Impairment in New Study

A new study shows that patients with diabetes have a significantly higher prevalence of hearing impairment than those who do not have diabetes. The study, to be published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), comes in the wake of several other studies that investigated the relationship between diabetes and hearing impairment, but provided inconsistent findings. The research …

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Netflix Will Caption All Streaming Videos by 2014, Per Settlement

Netflix and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) have reached an agreement that will see the company close caption every single one of their streaming videos by September 30th, 2014. According to the NAD, this landmark settlement will hopefully convince other streaming video providers to follow suit. The settlement arose out of a lawsuit filed by the NAD and …

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Deafness Cure Demonstrated in Gerbils Using Stem Cells

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have developed a possible cure for deafness that utilizes human embryonic stem cells, turning them into ear cells. The researchers found that when they transplanted human embryonic stem cells into deaf gerbils, the gerbils gained an average “functional recovery” of 46%. This recovery took only four weeks from when the cells were first administered. …

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Once Deaf, Bird Brains Can’t Keep a Tune: Deaf Equals Disharmony

Duke University Medical Center has released a new finding that pertains to songbirds and may have implications for other creatures including humans. It’s a known fact that neural pathways that are constantly activated will strengthen over time, but the inverse might be true as well. Researchers monitored songbirds who lost their ability to hear and observed changes in their braincells …

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