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Hearing loss is common in older people and is often caused by repeated exposure to loud noises. Hearing loss can be sudden or gradual, temporary or permanent. Hearing disorders can make it difficult, but not impossible, to hear. However, deafness can prev

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White noise after loud noise prevents hearing deficits in mice

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Mild hearing loss from exposure to less than one hour of loud noise leads to a reorganization of circuits in a key midbrain structure of the auditory system in mice, finds new research published in...

Right-or left-handedness affects sign language comprehension

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The speed at which sign language users understand what others are 'saying' to them depends on whether the conversation partners are left- or right-handed, a new study has found.

Hormone replacement therapy may increase risk of hearing loss

Wed, 10 May 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A new, first-of-its-kind study investigates the link between hormone replacement therapy and hearing loss in menopausal and postmenopausal women.

Few researchers consider hearing loss in healthcare communication: Study

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Doctors believe that communication with their patients is important, but most studies of physician/elderly patient communication do not mention that hearing loss may affect this interaction.

Western University researchers identify mechanism that regulates acoustic habituation

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Most people will startle when they hear an unexpected loud sound. The second time they hear the noise, they'll startle significantly less; by the third time, they'll barely startle at all.

Success of sensory cell regeneration raises hope for hearing restoration

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In an apparent first, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators have used genetic manipulation to regenerate auditory hair cells in adult mice.

58 million Americans are exposed to loud, frequent noises, including firearms, at work and home

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Loud noise exposure is a common environmental hazard in the United States that can lead to hearing loss and other conditions such as sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Bilateral tinnitus is hereditary

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have been able to demonstrate the hereditary nature of certain forms of tinnitus.

Light shed on evolutionary change in bones of middle ear of non-mammals, new study reveals

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at King's College London have begun to uncover the cellular and molecular drivers underlying a key anatomical change during the evolution of mammals.

Number of people in US with hearing loss expected to nearly double in coming decades

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In a study published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Adele M. Goman, Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., and colleagues used U.S.

Antibiotics used to treat cystic fibrosis increases risk of permanent hearing loss

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A powerful class of antibiotics provides life-saving relief for people with cystic fibrosis; however, a new study for the first time reveals the levels at which high cumulative dosages over time...

Drug treatment could combat hearing loss

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Within the inner ear, thousands of hair cells detect sound waves and translate them into nerve signals that allow us to hear speech, music, and other everyday sounds.

Second cause of hidden hearing loss identified

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Patients who complain they can't hear their friends at a noisy restaurant, but pass a hearing test in their doctor's office, may be describing hidden hearing loss.

Exposure to nicotine before and after birth causes hearing difficulties in children

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new mouse study investigates the neurological impact of perinatal exposure to nicotine. The findings suggests nicotine impacts the offspring's hearing.

New study finds noise-related hearing loss not limited to work exposure

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Unless your hearing is tested, it's really hard to know if it's damaged. That's the message of a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey that found about one in four U.S.

Groundbreaking gene therapy restores hearing, balance

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Improved gene therapy penetrates inner ear and restores hearing and balance in genetically deaf mice, finds Boston's Children's Hospital researchers.

Sign language users have better reaction times and peripheral vision

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

People who use British Sign Language (BSL) have better reaction times in their peripheral vision, a new study from the University of Sheffield has found.

New gene-delivery therapy restores partial hearing, balance in deaf mice

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Using a novel form of gene therapy, scientists from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital have managed to restore partial hearing and balance in mice born with a genetic...

Computer-based cognitive training program may help patients with severe tinnitus

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In a study published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, researchers evaluated the effect of a cognitive training program on tinnitus.

NIOSH launches hearing loss prevention app

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announces the availability of a new mobile application (app) for iOS devices that will measure sound levels in the workplace to...

Reducing drug dosage, and hearing loss in TB patients without reducing efficacy

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Aminoglycosides, recommended by the World Health Organization to treat multidrug resistant tuberculosis, cause hearing loss and kidney damage in a dose dependent manner.

Anemia and hearing loss: Is there a link?

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Evidence is mounting of a relationship between iron deficiency anemia and hearing loss. New research takes a fresh look and bolsters the connection.

Turn an ear to hear - a simple head turn can vastly improve understanding of speech in noisy environments

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Listeners in a noisy situation benefit from facing slightly away from the person they are listening to, turning one ear towards the speech, concludes a study by Cardiff University, funded by UK...

Noise sensitivity traced to changes in brain functions

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PDT

The degree to which one is disturbed by noises of everyday life may be related to how the brain processes variations in the sound stream, according to new findings published in Scientific Reports.

Psoriasis in the Ears: Symptoms and Treatment

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Learn about psoriasis triggers and flares and how psoriasis is treated in the ears. Is there a connection between psoriasis and hearing loss?