Hearing

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New technique details brainstem’s response to sounds

By revealing differences between autistic and non-autistic children, it could help identify autism in babies.

By Maaisha Osman
4 April 2023 | 4 min read
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Mouse studies cast astrocytes as stars of sensory perception

Data from two separate research teams suggest the cells are key to sensory hypersensitivity in fragile X syndrome.

By Sarah DeWeerdt
13 November 2022 | 4 min read
Dr. Edgar helps the participant prepare for the magnetoencephalography (MEG) exam.
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Auditory cortex may develop early in autism

A well-studied brain response to sound appears earlier than usual in young children with autism.

By Nora Bradford
16 September 2022 | 3 min read
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Top autism candidate gene tied to newly identified syndrome

Mutations in the autism-linked gene PAX5 underlie a range of traits, including developmental delay, intellectual disability, seizures and autism.

By Peter Hess
17 February 2022 | 4 min read
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Loss of autism-linked gene alters synapse development in mice

Mice missing a copy of the gene ASH1L have excess synapses and autism-like behavioral differences, some of which are reversed by boosting an ASH1L-regulated gene.

By Laura Dattaro
25 January 2022 | 4 min read
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Sensory issues linked to heart-rate differences in autistic youth

Autistic children with sensory issues show more intense physiological reactions to unpleasant sounds and other sensations than their non-autistic peers do, a new study shows.

By Peter Hess
5 April 2021 | 4 min read
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Malfunctioning neurons mute sound processing in mouse model of Rett syndrome

Female mice missing a copy of the autism-linked gene MECP2 in a specific set of inhibitory neurons have a hard time heeding pups’ calls and herding litters.

By Peter Hess
14 January 2021 | 3 min read
Infant in hospital blankets undergoes a hearing test.

Infant hearing test might be sound predictor of autism

Babies who are later diagnosed with autism have a sluggish brain response to sound on a universal newborn hearing screen.

By Taylor White
3 December 2020 | 4 min read
Toddler vocalizing next to parent.

Autistic toddlers do not tune in to sounds with others

Unlike typical toddlers, those with autism tend not to share experiences involving sound — dancing to music with their parents, for example, or calling attention to the source of a sound.

By Peter Hess
2 October 2020 | 5 min read
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Confusion at the crossroads of autism and hearing loss

Hearing difficulties and autism often overlap, exacerbating autism traits and complicating diagnoses.

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan
12 August 2020 | 15 min read

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