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Fall 2009

Feature Stories

More than 40 scientific researchers from the tinnitus and neural prosthesis communities gather on the NIH campus for a two-day workshop to brainstorm about the possibilities for developing devices to treat tinnitus.

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Recent NIDCD and NIH Research News

Four researchers who have received funding from the NIDCD are selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as recipients of either the 2009 NIH Director's Pioneer Award or New Innovator Award.

New research finds that our ability to detect sweetness not only depends on the taste receptors occupying our taste buds, but it also has a lot to do with two small bits of DNA hiding in our genetic code that regulate sweet taste receptor levels.

Excessive exposure to loud noise can have a devastating effect on the sensory cells in your inner ear. A new study of a knock-out animal model provides fresh insights into how noise damages the inner ear and how that damage can be repaired.

NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., met with representatives of professional societies and disease and patient advocacy organizations in a town hall meeting held at NIH. More than 200 organizations participated in the dialogue with the newly minted director.

NIDCD Highlights

Plows, combines, tractors, and even some farm animals can create a noisy environment that puts a person’s hearing at risk. The Noisy Planet campaign is partnering with 4-H to help spread the Noisy Planet preventive message to parents and tweens who live on a farm.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking public input from communities across the country on the proposed Healthy People 2020 objectives.

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