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With Hearing Implants, Experiencing Sound for the First Time

With Hearing Implants, Experiencing Sound for the First Time

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After being born severely hearing-impaired, Sarah Churman heard her first clear sound at age 29 and promptly burst into tears.
“I hear Melinda say, “How does it sound?” Churman wrote in her memoir, …

Preliminary Hearing Starts for Accused Colorado Shooter James Holmes

Preliminary Hearing Starts for Accused Colorado Shooter James Holmes

Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) — A preliminary hearing for accused Aurora, Colo., theater shooter James Holmes is set to begin Monday morning in Centennial, Colo.  Hundreds of people including witnesses, victims and families …

Accused WikiLeaker Bradley Manning Speaks Publicly for First Time

Accused WikiLeaker Bradley Manning Speaks Publicly for First Time

Alex Wong/Getty Images(FORT MEADE, Md.) — Private First Class Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified and confidential military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, took t…

James Holmes, Accused Aurora Theater Shooter, Tried to Harm Himself, Sources Say

James Holmes, Accused Aurora Theater Shooter, Tried to Harm Himself, Sources Say

Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office(AURORA, Colo.) — Accused Aurora, Colo., theater shooter James Holmes, 24, was taken to the hospital Tuesday after he tried to harm himself by ramming his head into the wall of his jail cell, sources told ABC News.Holme…

Pharmacy Owner Takes Fifth in Meningitis Hearing

Pharmacy Owner Takes Fifth in Meningitis Hearing

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — The owner and co-founder of the New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy at the center of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak, declined to testify before a congressional hearing Wednesday.When pressed by …

Pre-Trial Hearings for 9/11 Plotters End with Few Decisions

Pre-Trial Hearings for 9/11 Plotters End with Few Decisions

FBI/Getty Images(FORT MEADE, Md.) — A week’s worth of pre-trial motions hearings for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other accused 9/11 plotters at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, demonstrated just how complex and long the trial wil…

LISTEN: Scientists Find Harshest Sound in the World

LISTEN: Scientists Find Harshest Sound in the World

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Scientists studying the brain’s reaction to sound have determined the piercing screech of a knife against a glass bottle to be the human ear’s worst nightmare.A research team at the University of Newcastle ex…

US Prevention Task Force Eases Guidelines on Hearing Tests

US Prevention Task Force Eases Guidelines on Hearing Tests

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Twenty to 40 percent of adults older than 50 — and more than 80 percent of adults older than 80 — show some evidence of hearing loss.  It can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and the ability to live…

Cord Blood Stem Cells Restore Toddler’s Hearing

Cord Blood Stem Cells Restore Toddler’s Hearing

Courtesy Stephanie Connor(LABELLE, Fla.) — A virus infection Stephanie Connor acquired during pregnancy put her unborn daughter at significant risk for brain damage and lifelong hearing loss.”It was traumatic,” said Connor, of LaBelle, Fla., after lea…

Deaf 10-Year-Old Regains Hearing with Cochlear Implant

Deaf 10-Year-Old Regains Hearing with Cochlear Implant

ABC News(DALLAS) — The sound of Sammie Hicks’s own breathing moved her to tears three weeks ago. That’s because it was the first time she ever heard it. “I started to cry because it was overwhelming,” 10-year-old Sammie told ABC affiliate WFAA. “I had…

Teen with Misophonia Can’t Be Near Mom Without Risking Rages

Teen with Misophonia Can’t Be Near Mom Without Risking Rages

ABC News(NEW YORK) — They are a mother and daughter who consider each other best friends.  And yet, Bernadette and her 14-year-old daughter, Taylor, who asked that 20/20 not reveal their last names, don’t eat meals together, don’t share any activ…

Rare Condition: College Student Suffers From ‘Hatred of Sound’

Rare Condition: College Student Suffers From ‘Hatred of Sound’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For Emma Riehl, attending her college classes is a form of torture.  But she doesn’t blame the subject matter or the homework.Riehl, 19, lives with a rare and still mostly unknown condition called misophon…

Science Behind the ‘Cocktail Party Effect’

Science Behind the ‘Cocktail Party Effect’

Allan Danahar/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — It’s a familiar scene: you’re at a crowded party, but despite all the noise, you’re still able to make out the words of the one person with whom you’re talking.Researchers from the Univ…

Supreme Court Line Forms 3 Days Before Health Care Hearing

Supreme Court Line Forms 3 Days Before Health Care Hearing

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — More than 72 hours before Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court health care hearing starts, the line for spectators is already forming outside.At 9 a.m. Friday morning the first person started the line in front of the Supreme Court….

Millions 50 and Older Suffering Hearing Loss But Not Using Aids

Millions 50 and Older Suffering Hearing Loss But Not Using Aids

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE, Md.) — Of the 4.5 million 50- to 59-year-olds in the United States experiencing hearing loss, only about 4.3 percent are using hearing aids.“These people are still working and going to meetings,” said Dr. …

Playing Music Protects Memory, Hearing, Brain Processing

Playing Music Protects Memory, Hearing, Brain Processing

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(EVANSTON, Ill.) — Want your brain to be as fit as a fiddle, even after you are old and gray? Then learn how to play a real violin. Or a tuba. Or just about any other musical instrument.Scientific research over the years has shown …

Florida Drug Suspect Wore Crack Jacket to His Court Hearing

Florida Drug Suspect Wore Crack Jacket to His Court Hearing

An accused drug dealer wore a jacket that depicts crack making to court for his hearing. (Michael D. Weinstein)(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — A Florida drug suspect who arrived at his court hearing wearing a jacket depicting a recipe for crack cocaine was …

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