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Inside NIDCD Newsletter

Spring 2014

Feature Stories

Roughly 2.5 million people in the U.S. have severe speech impairments and rely upon the use of computerized voices. The lack of diversity in available synthetic voices means that many people may use the same generic voices. NIDCD grantee Rupal Patel, Ph.D., seeks to change this.

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NIDCD researchers have led an effort to understand the genetic underpinnings of enlarged vestibular aqueducts (EVA), a condition associated with early hearing loss in children, and in some cases, thyroid problems in the teenage years. As the NIDCD scientists make great strides in understanding the causes of hearing loss in children with EVA, they are also contributing to our understanding of the molecules and mechanisms involved in healthy hearing.

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