Researchers supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have uncovered a molecule in an animal model that acts as a key player in establishing the organization of the auditory system. The molecule, a protein known as Bmp7, helps sensory hair cells find their ultimate position on the tonotopic map, which is the fundamental principle of organization in the auditory system. The study is the first to identify one of the molecular mechanisms that determines position.
Starting on Thursday, people in select locations across the country can text 9-1-1 with emergencies if they are unable to call them in.
On May 13, 2014, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau released a Public Notice granting conditional certification to Miracom USA to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS), a form of telecommunications relay services (TRS) that is eligible for compensation from the Interstate TRS Fund. Miracom stated in its application for certification that it plans to offer IP CTS under a brand name, InnoCaption, which is designed for registered users to place and receive IP CTS calls with their mobile devices.
Please join the Better Hearing Institute in raising awareness of the link between hearing loss and other health issues for Better Hearing & Speech Month in May. One way is to join their Listen to Hearing Loss! Thunderclap campaign. Thunderclap is a tool that allows us to sync Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr messages so we can all shout it out at once—automatically. Please sign up today to join in the message which goes out on May 22.