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The World Health Organization (WHO) define hearing loss as the inability to hear sounds of 25 decibels or under in speech. This often leads to difficulties understanding conversations and hearing certain sounds. Hearing loss reportedly affects as many as 48 million U.S. individuals, or over 20 percent of the country’s adult population. Women seem to be at a significantly lower risk of hearing loss than

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Loud noise can damage the inner ear and cause hearing loss. Studying mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Iowa have shown that a drug compound can block damage caused by loud noise, raising the possibility of medication that prevents noise-induced hearing loss. The study is published the week of Feb. 3

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The young man, a military veteran, had a history of significant noise exposure and limited use of hearing protection. “He and his wife were at their wits’ end with his difficulty understanding speech in restaurants and at family parties—but his audiograms and ENT exams were consistently normal,” recalled Kaitlin Anderson, AuD, a clinical audiologist at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in

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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, had hearing loss.

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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, a veterinary neurologist and professor

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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 to assess these problems are

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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 only 12% of those who

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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 from ototoxic damage to the

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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 side effects In DBS, electrodes

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As presbycusis happens very gradually, it cannot be easily recognized. The different signs and symptoms that are associated with ARHL are as follows: The sound of other people's talk seems mumbled. People start repeating dialogues for you to hear. Difficulty in understanding in a noisy background. Difficulty in keeping pace with group conversations. Feeling a need for applying more concentration

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