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Study Shows Occupational Hearing Hazards Preventable with Protection

A recent study published by the American Journal of Industrial Medicine is the first to examine hearing loss prevalence by industry within the Oil and Gas Extraction sector and most Mining sector industries. Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that within these industries, 25 to 30 percent of workers, almost 1 in 3, […]

Research Examines Impacts of Age-Related Hearing Loss on Brain Scans

Interest is growing in the association of hearing loss with other health conditions, especially cognitive disorders such as dementia. In addition, health care providers, in general, are being asked to routinely screen patients for common problems associated with aging, including cognitive impairment. But can hearing loss invalidate these measures? If the measures that are used […]

Research Shows Dogs Can Develop Hearing Loss

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Just like humans, dogs are sometimes born with impaired hearing or experience hearing loss as a result of disease, inflammation, aging or exposure to noise. Dog owners and K-9 handlers ought to keep this in mind when adopting or caring for dogs, and when bringing them into noisy environments, says Dr. Kari Foss, […]

Hearing Aids Shown to Lower Dementia Risk

Older adults who get a hearing aid for a newly diagnosed hearing loss have a lower risk of being diagnosed with dementia, depression or anxiety for the first time over the next three years, and a lower risk of suffering fall-related injuries, than those who leave their hearing loss uncorrected, a new study finds. Yet […]

Link Discovered Between Ototoxic Drugs & Hidden Hearing Loss

The term “hidden hearing loss” refers to a form of hearing impairment in which a subject presents with normal otoacoustic emissions and audiometric thresholds but complains of hearing problems such as tinnitus or difficulty understanding speech in noise. Recent human and animal studies on aging and noise-induced hearing loss suggest that hidden hearing loss may result […]

Deep Brain Stimulation May Relieve Tinnitus Symptoms

Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) can make life miserable, but a brain implant may help, preliminary research suggests. In a phase one trial of five patients whose severe tinnitus did not respond to other treatments, deep brain stimulation (DBS) diminished the ringing in four. The fifth patient received no relief, the researchers reported. No serious […]

Study Shows Healthy Diet Can Reduce Hearing Loss Risk in Women

The older you become, the more likely you’ll be to have hearing loss. Experts estimate that about one in three Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss. Among those older than 75, an estimated one of every two people has hearing loss. There are a number of reasons for losing hearing […]