Of the more than 10 million Americans estimated in one study to have chemosensory disorders, "the predominant problem is a natural decline in smell ability that typically occurs after age 60," according to NIDCD.
NIDCD is sponsoring research by Pennsylvania investigators to find medicines similar to allergy drugs that can treat chemosensory losses with few side effects.
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gov; Barry Davis, Taste and Smell Program, NIDCD
, 301-402-3464, e-mail: Davisb1@nidcd.
To improve hearing aid performance, especially in noisy situations, NIDCD has entered into two collaborative ventures.
In the second collaboration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the VA have joined NIDCD in surveying all Federal laboratories for acoustic and electronic technologies that might improve hearing aids.
Other projects supported by NIDCD
include studies of the genes essential to normal development and function in the vestibular system.
Division of Intramural Research, NIDCD
The goal of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics is to identify, clone and characterize the genes that contribute to communication disorders.
is supporting several biomedical research projects that cover a variety of aspects of the condition which will provide necessary data: developing a comprehensive database and an understanding of the phenomenon of tinnitus that accompanies sensorineural hearing loss; tinnitus and masking devices; the role of calcium imbalance in inducing cochlear tinnitus; and otoacoustic emissions and cochlear function.
To accelerate research on WS, an international consortium was formed by the NIDCD
in September 1990.
In 2010, STAR received a small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from NIDCD
, an institute of NIH, to improve the lives of people with communication disorders.
It will highlight accomplishments of NIDCD
research over the past two decades as well as the perspectives and talents of people who have a personal connection with a communication disorder.