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Dec 12, 2014

If you have ever known anyone that had to wear a hearing aid, you probably remember them as bulky beige devicesthat protrude obviously from the ear. A new hearing aid has been unveiled that claims to be the world's smallest. In fact the Nanoplug is so small its makers claim that it is invisible once inside the ear.

Nanoplug is an instant fit hearing aid that works for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. It measures in at 7.1mm x 5.7mm x 4.17mm making it smaller than a typical coffee bean or peanut. In addition to helping people hear conversations, the Nanoplug is also suitable for use with mobile phones.

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02/05/2015 - Backers claim Nanoplug hearing aid’s $293K Indiegogo campaign was a scam



Thursday, October 23, 2014
Original Article

New York: Boosting the production of a key protein, called NT3, could help restore hearing loss caused by noise exposure and normal ageing, a research found.

The protein plays an important role in maintaining communication between the ears and brain, the findings showed, offering scientists a target to develop drugs that might boost NT3 action or production.

"We began this work 15 years ago to answer very basic questions about the inner ear, and now we have been able to restore hearing after partial deafening with noise, a common problem for people," said lead researcher Gabriel Corfas from the University of Michigan in the US.

NT3 is crucial to the body's ability to form and maintain connections between hair cells in the ear and nerve cells that carry signal to the brain, the researchers demonstrated.

This special type of connection, called a ribbon synapse, allows extra-rapid communication of signals, which travel back and forth across tiny gaps between the two types of cells.

"It has become apparent that hearing loss due to damaged ribbon synapses is a very common and challenging problem, whether it's due to noise or normal ageing," Corfas added.

Using a special genetic technique, the researchers made it possible for some mice to produce additional NT3 in cells of specific areas of the inner ear after they were exposed to noise loud enough to reduce hearing.

Mice with extra NT3 regained their ability to hear much better than the control mice.

The researchers will now explore the role of NT3 in human ears, and seek drugs that might boost NT3 action or production.

The findings appeared online in the journal eLife.




Opening Doors- Unlocking Potential 2013

About this 7th Annual Professional Development Institute
The opening session for ODUP 2013 will provide an overview of the National Agenda goals and give Virginia's teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing (TODHH), related service providers and all who work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Virginia schools the opportunity to reflect, give feedback and set goals as we continue to move forward to improve student outcomes

Presentations will emphasize language and communication access, the continuum of placement options and services, ever-changing technology, and transition needs, all to energize you for the new school year.

A very special student will close with reflections on her public school journey and a challenge for educators.

TODHH have a special opportunity to  attend a Pre-ODUP session on I'm Determined!  Click on the "I'm Determined" tab for more details. 

Registration Information
Registration fee includes: event materials, beverages, lunch and breaks on Tuesday and Wednesday, and breakfast Wednesday.

Lodging reimbursement for eligible TODHH:
Grant funds are available for reimbursement of state-rate lodging at the DoubleTree Hotel for Tuesday, August 6 for eligible Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (TODHH) who attend the full institute and do not live within a commutable distance to the hotel.

Eligible TODHH must be full-time employees in a Virginia public or state operated school setting and work directly with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Graduate Credit:
Radford University is offering 1 hour of graduate credit for attending the ODUP 2013! Institute. (Click on the RU tab for more information.)

Registration Fees

Registration Deadline: July 24, 2013

  • VA Public School/State Operated Program Professional: $45.00
  • Paraprofessional/Parent(s)/Student: $35.00
  • Private Agency/Out-of-State Registration fee: $100.00

Registration fees include an additional $10 charge if received after the July 24, 2013 deadline.  Refunds are not available after this date.

Child care is not available for this event.

Register Online

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