CORVALLIS, Ore. – The brains of people with congenital deafness may be rewiring themselves in ways that affect how those people learn, suggesting a need to develop new teaching techniques tailored toward those who have never been able to hear.
Published in Nature Scientific Reports, the findings by an Oregon State University research collaboration make the case that a protein mutation that causes profound hearing loss also alters the growth and wiring of certain neurons – cells that act as the building blocks of the nervous system.
Contributed by Temma Ehrenfeld
Originally posted February 18, 2020
For most of her adult life, Alice*, a psychologist in New York, has struggled to hear, especially in noisy places. Yet when she’s sought out professional help, she passes her hearing test with flying colors.
Alice, who now avoids crowded restaurants and parties, most likely has what’s known as “hidden hearing loss”—a brain problem hearing tests aren’t designed to catch. For this reason, it’s not a well-understood condition.
By John Niekraszewicz
When Sue's mother passed away, her father was in his 70s, in good health and active in his community. Over time, Joe began to show signs of depression and became less active. But along came Mary, a nice younger lady who took to Joe and moved into his house. Having a companion in Joe's life made all the difference. He was a new man and both Joe and Mary’s family were happy for them.
Pam Millett, York University, Canada
Among the issues for Ontario secondary public school teachers who walked off the job for a one-day strike on Dec. 4 is quality of learning for students, including class sizes and mandatory online learning.
For months Ontario families have been on tenterhooks about looming school strikes after the Doug Ford government announced both education funding cuts and larger class sizes — as well as a requirement that would force high school students to take four online courses beginning in the 2020-21 school year.
Laurel Trainor, McMaster University and Dan J. Bosnyak, McMaster University
All evidence indicates that music plays a significant role in every human society, both past and present. When we gather to celebrate, rejoice or mourn, music moves us in powerful ways. Caregivers around the world sing to infants to soothe, play with, and teach them. And yet we are just starting to uncover the profound impact music has on our brain, our emotions and our health.