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Media advisory: UI researchers discuss smartphone app for seniors with hearing aids

The University of Iowa is hosting a media availability on Monday, Aug. 4 to discuss a study pairing seniors with a smartphone app to evaluate the effectiveness of hearing aids. The research is part of the UI’s reorganized Center on Aging, which unites research, activities in communities statewide, patient services and education and training with the mission to improve the health and well being of older Iowans. Story

Tomblin: Hearing aids improve children's speech, language skills


A recent study led by Bruce Tomblin, UI professor of communication sciences and disorders, found that greater improvement in hearing via hearing aids led to better speech and language skills for children with mild and moderate-to-severe hearing loss. Story from: Daily rX

Daily rX

A new study shows that we are far better at remembering what we see and touch than what we hear

women wearing headphones in language laboratory

Next time something you hear goes in one ear and out the other, you have a built-in excuse. Just blame it on your Achilles' ear—a weakness that lies not in a mythical hero's heel, but in the real-life way the brain processes sound and memory, according to new UI research. Story from: National Geographic

National Geographic

UI research: It's hard to remember what we hear

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UI researchers had subjects listen to, watch, and blindly touch a variety of everyday sounds, silent videos, and common objects, and found that after an hour, a day or a week, seeing and touching trumps listening when it comes to remembering. Story from: Men's Health

Men's Health

Study: For memory, hearing is worse than seeing or feeling

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New research out of the University of Iowa, published in PLOS One, suggests that those moments when we forget something we were told are particularly human—that people’s memory for things they hear is just not that great. Story from: The Atlantic

The Atlantic

Humans have a poor memory for things they hear


When it comes to memory, we don't remember things we hear nearly as well as things we see or touch, scientists say. Researchers at the University of Iowa found our memory for sounds is significantly worse than our memory for visual or tactile things. Story from: Business Standard

Business Standard

UI researcher learns mechanism of hearing is similar to car battery

 A fruit fly auditory organ

University of Iowa biologists have advanced their knowledge of human hearing by studying a similar auditory system in fruit flies—and by making use of the fruit fly “love song.” Results featured on the cover of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Story

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