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    HOH-LD-News Vol. 27, Issue 6 May 6, 2006 Copyright (C) 2006 Hearing Loss Web. All rights reserved. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Table of Contents ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ -
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      Vol. 27, Issue 6
      May 6, 2006

      Copyright (C) 2006 Hearing Loss Web. All rights reserved.

      Table of Contents

      - Article 1: Captioned Radio Report - Part 2

      - Article 2: Aspirin Can Prevent Hearing Loss From Ototoxic Medication

      - Article 3: Massachusetts General Hospital Notes Hair Cell Regeneration

      - Article 4: Short Takes

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      - Article 1: Captioned Radio Report - Part 2
      By Cheryl Heppner

      Editor: Here's another great report from Cheryl Heppner on the
      topic of Captioned Radio. I admit to being a bit skeptical when
      I first started thinking about captioned radio; but now I'm a
      real believer! Read Cheryl's compelling case for the technology
      and her report on how we'll get there.

      If you'd like to share this report, please be sure to credit
      NVRC. (See credit at the end of the article.)

      This is part two of two parts.


      What I Said

      So what did I tell the conference attendees?

      - My radio "cred" -- my father is a ham radio operator who
      advertises it proudly with his license plate WA3YFN. Decades
      ago, he started a ham radio group and he served in the Navy as a
      radioman in World War II.

      - Radio has been a constant in my life since I was born. My
      family loved music and always had the radio on in our house. We
      got together with my grandparents to listen to the Red Sox games
      in the living room, ever hopeful that the team might not break
      our hearts.

      - After I became deaf shortly before my seventh birthday, radio
      became something I couldn't access. My husband Fred loves to
      listen to the radio any time we are driving together. I always
      know when he is listening to "Click and Clack" -- a humorous
      public radio program by two brothers about car repair -- because
      of the way he laughs.

      - There are 28 to 32 million people with hearing loss, depending
      on which authority you ask.

      - People who are deaf and hard of hearing don't have so the same
      choices for information as people who can hear. NOAA weather
      radios give limited text. Only a small number of cell phones are
      hearing aid compatible. Our specialized phones and
      telecommunications equipment can be useless without power, and
      most do not work with off-the-shelf batteries. More of us are
      going to the Internet for our news, but video isn't captioned.
      Pagers and PDAs are great for text alerts, but they are not good
      at giving information relevant to our particular location.
      Television with captioning requires power; small battery-powered
      TVs don't have caption capability.

      - Radio can be useless to us, but they are listed as a top item
      for any emergency kit. Radio is the one thing that could help us
      fill a crucial gap in receiving emergency information. We set up
      our homes and workplaces with our specialized equipment, but we
      can't easily carry it all with us. When we're on the road or in
      remote places, in times when there is no power, and in other
      situations, radio can be key. An NVRC survey showed that about
      1/3 of government workers with hearing loss were not at their
      workplace when the WTC and Pentagon were hit on 9/11.

      - I became more involved in pushing for captioned radio because
      of 9/11, particularly after hearing from so many deaf and hard
      of hearing consumers for research and reports. The experiences
      of Katrina hit home the importance of radio; when all other
      communication systems failed, radio broadcasts were sometimes
      the one source of information.

      - I personally need captioned radio. Without it, how can I have
      control over my husband? TV has its feature for parents who
      don't want their kids to watch certain programs. How do I know I
      want Fred to listen to Howard Stern?

      - Accessibility features end up helping everyone. A classic
      example is the ramp. Early on, much fuss was made about the
      expense of adding ramps, but they're appreciated by parents with
      strollers, delivery people. Captions are going mainstream. There
      are more and more reports of people who can hear that find them
      useful. Some hearing people who always watch TV with the
      captions on because of a deaf or hard of hearing family member
      are reporting that they now dislike watching TV without
      captions. They've learned they get more information with the
      captions on fast-paced shows, when the speaker has an accent,
      when the speaker is mumbling, and when a word is unfamiliar --
      or just because it reinforces and helps them retain what they
      are hearing.

      - I'm counting on them to make captioned radio happen.

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      - Article 2: Aspirin Can Prevent Hearing Loss From Ototoxic Medication

      Editor: Researchers at the University of Michigan have
      discovered that aspirin can prevent hearing loss that would
      otherwise occur in users of a common family of antibiotics. The
      obvious question is whether aspirin can prevent hearing loss
      from other medications. How about from noise exposure?


      Around the world, inexpensive antibiotics known as
      aminoglycosides have been used for the past 60 years in the
      battles against acute infections and tuberculosis, as
      antibacterial prophylaxis in cystic fibrosis and other patients,
      and in other conditions. But for all of the good they do, the
      drugs also have been widely linked to irreversible hearing loss.

      Now, researchers at the University of Michigan's Kresge Hearing
      Research Institute and their Chinese colleagues, working under
      the leadership of Jochen Schacht, Ph.D., and Su-Hua Sha, M.D.,
      have found that the hearing loss can be prevented in many people
      with the use of another inexpensive, widely available
      medication: aspirin. The results appear in the April 27 issue of
      The New England Journal of Medicine.

      The researchers studied 195 patients in China who received 80 to
      160 milligrams of gentamicin (a type of aminoglycoside)
      intravenously twice daily, typically for five to seven days. Of
      those, 89 patients were given aspirin along with the antibiotic,
      and 106 were given placebos along with the antibiotic. The
      results were dramatic: The incidence of hearing loss in the
      group that was given placebos was 13 percent, while in the
      aspirin group it was just 3 percent, or 75 percent lower.

      "We would like to see the word get around to the medical
      community around the world that you can take some precautions to
      minimize the risk to your patients. Aspirin is available
      everywhere, and it's cheap," says senior author Schacht,
      professor of biological chemistry in otolaryngology at the
      University of Michigan Medical School and director of the U-M
      Health System's Kresge Hearing Research Institute. Gentamicin is
      not commonly used in the United States.

      He notes that this research builds on earlier U-M studies that
      showed promise in combating drug-induced hearing loss in the
      laboratory. "Previously we found that such a treatment works
      well in mice, but I am very excited that this worked so well in
      humans," says Schacht. "Translating animal studies into clinical
      practice is not an easy thing to do. We were fortunate that our
      extrapolation from mice to men and women worked in the first

      The research is exciting, says lead author Sha, because hearing
      loss caused by these antibiotics is so prevalent. The incidence
      of aminoglycoside-induced hearing loss averages 8 percent but
      the numbers may be higher in developing countries, she notes,
      where aminoglycosides are frequently the only affordable
      antibiotics and are sold over the counter. No therapy currently
      exists to prevent ototoxicity.

      This research began in 1999 with a collaboration with Chinese
      hospitals. Working with Schacht, Sha - associate laboratory
      director of U-M's Kresge Hearing Research Institute's
      Biochemistry Laboratory - got in touch with her colleagues in
      China. The two traveled to China and presented their ideas, and
      ultimately began a partnership with the Fourth Military Medical
      University in Xi'an, China. The third author on the paper,
      Jian-Hua Qiu, M.D., represents the colleagues of the Fourth
      Military Medical University.

      After receiving approvals from institutional review boards at
      U-M and the Fourth Military Medical University, the
      otolaryngology department in Xi'an conducted the prospective,
      randomized, double-blind trial at Xijing Hospital and Airforce
      Chengdu Hospital from 1999 to 2003. All of the participants were
      ages 18 to 65, and were inpatients who were scheduled for
      treatment with gentamicin. Hearing damage, or ototoxicity, was
      defined as a shift from a person's baseline hearing by at least
      15 decibels at both the 6 and 8 kHz frequencies, which are the
      first affected by the drugs. The effectiveness of the gentamicin
      as an antibiotic did not lessen when it was paired with aspirin.

      Schacht notes that even though gentamicin has been linked widely
      with hearing loss, and its use has been declining in industrial
      countries, it is not practical to think that it will be replaced
      in the near future by other antibiotics because it has specific
      applications and is so inexpensive and available, especially in
      poor countries. While aspirin shows promise, and he hopes that
      health care providers pair it with gentamicin, he also notes it
      is not yet the perfect solution because of the potential side
      effects of aspirin, including gastric bleeding. And he notes
      that this is an off-label use of aspirin, which may inhibit some
      practitioners from giving it to patients in such instances.

      He hopes that further studies will lead to the development of
      new and safer antibiotics, or another drug that can be paired
      with gentamicin that has fewer side effects than aspirin. He and
      Sha are exploring partnerships with other countries to conduct
      future research.

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      - Article 3: Massachusetts General Hospital Notes Hair Cell Regeneration

      Editor: Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital continue
      to make progress on hair cell regeneration. Here's the latest


      Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have made
      important progress in their ongoing effort to regenerate the
      inner ear's hair cells, which convert sound vibrations to nerve
      impulses. In an upcoming issue of Proceeding of the National
      Academy of Sciences they report successfully creating a mouse
      model that allows them to build on earlier findings about the
      effect of deactivating a protein that controls the growth and
      division of hair cells.

      The paper, which is receiving early online publication, also
      finds that suppressing the retinoblastoma (Rb) protein has
      different effects in specific parts of the inner ear.

      "In these first studies of the role of the Rb protein in the
      ears of postnatal mice, we have confirmed that - under the right
      conditions - mature hair cells can go through the cell cycle and
      produce new, functioning hair cells. But we've also confirmed
      that you need to block Rb reversibly and at an early stage of
      development, otherwise the hair cells will die," says Zheng-Yi
      Chen, DPhil, of the MGH Neurology Service, the study's senior
      author. In 2005 Chen was named to the Scientific American 50,
      the magazine's annual list of outstanding leaders, for this
      continuing research project.

      Named for the hair-like projections on their surfaces, hair
      cells form a ribbon of vibration sensors along the length of the
      cochlea - the organ of the inner ear that senses sound - where
      they convert sonic vibrations to electrical signals that are
      carried to the brain. The cells are very sensitive to damage
      from excessive noise, infections and toxins. Once damaged, hair
      cells do not naturally regenerate in mammals, and their death
      accounts for most types of acquired hearing loss.

      All cells grow and divide through a process called the cell
      cycle, and many proteins have been identified that control
      different cell cycle phases. In 2005 Chen's group published a
      paper in the journal Science reporting that the Rb protein,
      known to suppress the cell cycle, could be important for halting
      the cell cycle in hair cells. They used a genetically modified
      mouse strain in which Rb was no longer made in the inner ear. By
      examining the inner ears of mouse embryos - that strain did not
      survive past birth - the researchers found more hair cells in
      the knockout mice than in the ears of normal mice at the same
      stage of development. The additional cells looked and functioned
      like normal hair cells and appeared to be actively regenerating.

      For this followup study, the researchers developed a new strain
      of inner-ear Rb-knockout mice that survive for up to six months
      past birth. Their investigation of the effects of Rb deletion on
      the hair cells of the inner ear finds differences between the
      auditory portion of the organ, which controls hearing, and the
      vestibular area, which is involved with balance. While the
      Rb-negative auditory hair cells in early postnatal mice are
      dividing and growing, the cells do not mature properly and
      eventually die, resulting in the mice becoming deaf by the age
      of 3 months. Vestibular hair cells, however, appear to grow and
      mature relatively normally and continue cell division even in
      mature mice. Adult Rb-knockout mice maintain some vestibular
      function, indicating that those hair cells are contributing to
      their sense of balance at the system level.

      "We've shown that vestibular hair cell regeneration may be
      achieved and may be less of an obstacle than auditory cell
      regeneration," Chen says. "Now we need to find ways to create a
      similar system in the auditory cells, and this new model will
      help us better understand the mechanisms behind functional hair
      cell regeneration. Our next step will be developing a transient,
      reversible block of Rb function to assess its role in both types
      of hair cell." Chen is an assistant professor of Neurology of
      Harvard Medical School (HMS).


      The report's co-authors are first author Cyrille Sage, PhD, and
      Mingqian Huang, PhD, of the MGH; Melissa Vollrath, PhD, and
      David Corey, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and HMS; M.
      Christian Brown, PhD, Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary; Douglas E.
      Vetter, PhD, and Philip Hinds, PhD, Tufts-New England Medical
      Center. The research was supported by grants from the National
      Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a
      Pfizer/AFAR Innovations in Aging Research Grant.

      Massachusetts General Hospital, established in 1811, is the
      original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical
      School. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research
      program in the United States, with an annual research budget of
      nearly $500 million and major research centers in AIDS,
      cardiovascular research, cancer, computational and integrative
      biology, cutaneous biology, human genetics, medical imaging,
      neurodegenerative disorders, regenerative medicine,
      transplantation biology and photomedicine. MGH and Brigham and
      Women's Hospital are founding members of Partners HealthCare
      System, a Boston-based integrated health care delivery system.

      - Article 4: Short Takes

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      Soundless voice recognition

      In space, no one can hear you scream. Use a cell phone on a
      crowded commuter train and everyone can. Charles Jorgensen is
      working to solve both problems, using an uncanny technology
      called subvocal speech recognition. Jorgensen demonstrates it at
      his offices at NASA's Ames Research Laboratory in Mountain View,
      Calif. He attaches a set of electrodes to the skin of his throat
      and, without his opening his mouth or uttering a sound, his
      words are recognized and begin appearing on a computer screen.
      Jorgensen sees abundant applications for his technology where
      audible speech is impossible.



      Totally Implantable Hearing Aid in Trials

      An estimated 10-percent of the American population has hearing
      loss, that's 30 million people. Experts said only a fraction of
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      inner ear. The other sensor wire is a Piezoelectric crystal
      attached to the bone connected to the eardrum.



      Rock and Roll Hard of Hearing Hall of Fame

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      Initial Selections for 2006:
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      Jeff Beck - Guitar (Yardbirds)
      Eric Clapton - Guitar (Yardbirds)
      John Entwhistle - Bass Guitar (The Who)
      Mick Fleetwood - Drums (Fleetwood Mac)
      James Destri - Keyboards (Blondie)
      Bono - Vocals (U2)
      Phil Collins - Vocals (Genesis)


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