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December 16, 2004

Traffic noise may cause early death

Noise damages both ears and the general health of people. Living in areas with high traffic noise levels may cause heart disease and high blood pressure. The noise may even cause early death. Read more

December 07, 2004

Hearing damage compensation made easier

Changes in national guidelines will make it easier for Danes with work related hearing loss to be awarded compensation. Read more

December 02, 2004

Four year wait for hearing aids

Hearing impaired people in the United Kingdom must wait up to four years for hearing aids from the public health system. On average, the wait on the long waiting lists for hearing aids is almost one year, according to a British survey. Read more

November 29, 2004

Hearing impaired minority lost in British waiting room

Doctors and nurses fail to communicate properly with hearing impaired patients. In England, one hearing impaired patient in three encounters problems when dealing with the public health system. Read more

November 23, 2004

Key to hearing discovered

The hearing depends on a special protein deep in the ear, according to research at the Harvard Medical School. The discovery may open the way to better treatment of hearing loss and deafness. Read more

November 18, 2004

Politicians have their hearing tested

602 politicians and staff in the German parliament have hearing tests in second "Aktion Hörtest". Read more

October 21, 2004

Work noise and gunshot blasts most damaging

Noise exposure in the workplace and leisure gunshot blasts cause much hearing loss, according to a comprehensive survey, conducted in Norway. Read more

October 07, 2004

Youngsters gamble with their hearing

Young people surround themselves with much too loud music and noise, in general. Read more

September 30, 2004

Improved hearing tests

Hearing impaired people can look forward to better hearing tests which will optimise the benefits from hearing aids. A British research project is designed to develop the new higher precision tests. Read more

September 27, 2004

Noise warning for young people

Hearing damage in children and young people is increasing. The trend is so alarming that the German minister of health recently issued a warning to all young people about the risks from too much noise. Read more

September 07, 2004

Lack of hearing loss treatment second most common healthcare mistake

Hearing loss is the third most common affliction among elderly people in the United States and many other countries, surpassed in frequency only by high blood pressure and arthritis. Read more

September 02, 2004

The cost of hearing loss to be examined

Danish research project aims to determine the cost of bad hearing to society, business and the hearing impaired people. Read more

August 31, 2004

Failing grade for common hearing test

Hearing test with bells and balls is useless for identifying hearing loss in infants, according to a study of the so-called BOEL hearing test. More modern electronic testing instruments should be employed instead. Read more

August 19, 2004

Bringing down the noise on landing

The thunderous noise from jet airliners on approach to landing may be lowered substantially if the airlines and authorities adopt a new landing technique developed by American scientists. Read more

August 16, 2004

Baby Boomers pushing for hearing coverage

Aging baby boomers - the large post World War II generation - are leading the push for insurance coverage for hearing care in the United States. They want hearing tests and hearing aids covered in the same way as vision or dental care. Read more

August 09, 2004

Split verdict on HRT and hearing loss

Two studies of postmenopausal women have both provided indications about significant effects by hormone replacement therapy, HRT, on the hearing of those receiving HRT. The results appear to be contradictory, however. Read more

July 27, 2004

One man in two aged 48 or older suffers from hearing loss

Age is the main factor in hearing loss. And men are three times as likely as women to suffer hearing loss regardless of age, occupation, general health condition and noise exposure, according to an American study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, 1998, volume 148. Read more

July 12, 2004

Radiation therapy often damages hearing

Cancer patients who receive radiotherapy in and around the acoustic structures are at extremely high risk of suffering hearing loss. Yet, radiotherapy-induced ear injuries remain under-evaluated and under-reported. Read more

June 30, 2004

International outcry over proposed EU ban on hearing aid batteries

The leading international organizations for hearing impaired people are strongly objecting to European Parliament plans to ban the button cell batteries that millions of hearing aid users depend on. Read more

June 22, 2004

EU Parliament low on battery for hearing aids

Millions of hearing aid users in Europe are caught in the middle of a legislative tug-of-war between the EU Commission and the European Parliament. Read more

June 14, 2004

Digital hearing aids complete extreme makeover

Never mind the extreme makeover Cynthia Lunsford received by the surgeons' scalpels and the beauty experts. What really changed her life in front of the eyes of millions of American viewers recently were the state-of-the-art digital hearing aids in her ears. Read more

June 07, 2004

World congress for the hard of hearing

The International Federation of the Hard of Hearing is the host of an international congress on hearing loss in Finland, 4-9 July, 2004. Read more

May 19, 2004

More cinemas provide closed captioning

Hearing impaired Britons are getting better access to the full enjoyment of a good film in the cinema. Read more

May 17, 2004

Increased funding for digital hearing aids

The hearing health care of Northern Ireland has been granted an additional GBP500,000 annually for 2004 and 2005. Read more

May 13, 2004

Better TV for hearing impaired viewers

A great number of hearing impaired Danes are unaware of the availability of closed captioning on Danish television. Read more

May 10, 2004

Telephones with captioning

A recently introduced telephone service makes it easier for hearing impaired consumers to communicate by phone in the state of Virginia in the United States. Read more

April 19, 2004

Hunters blast hearing

Go target shooting and you will find that most people at the shooting range wear hearing protection. It's common sense. But hunters using hearing protection against their shotgun or rifle blasts are often as hard to come by as a bear in winter. Read more

April 13, 2004

Noise is a serious hazard to children's hearing ability

One American child in eight suffers from hearing loss, according to a comprehensive national health survey. Read more

April 05, 2004

International Noise Awareness Day

Noise is a growing problem in our daily lives. More and more people are affected by the constant noise in the home, at work, at school and in the streets. Noise takes away from our sense of well-being and is harmful to our health. Read more

March 29, 2004

Businesses let hearing impaired customers down

Many British businesses that fail to take the needs of their hearing impaired customers into account now risk coming into conflict with the next part of the Disability Discrimination Act to be phased in by October, 2004. Read more

March 22, 2004

Hair cells grown from mouse stem cells

Scientists at the Harvard Medical School have raised the hopes of those dreaming of a possible new treatment of hearing loss and even deafness some time in the distant future. Read more

March 08, 2004

Anti-noise campaign

Schools and after-school programmes are too noisy. Children as well as teachers risk hearing problems. The Danish Ministry of the Environment is responding with a national campaign against the noise. Read more

February 23, 2004

Battle for hearing aid compatible mobile phones

The United States Federal Communications Commission, FCC, decided in the summer of 2003 that U.S. mobile phone companies must provide hearing aid compatible technology in about half of their digital phones by 2008. Read more

February 09, 2004

Even best hearing screening states not good enough

The United States is making progress in its hearing screening of newborns. Read more

February 02, 2004

Five month-old with hearing aids

A five month-old girl in Freiburg, Germany, has been fitted with hearing aids in both ears. Read more

January 26, 2004

Clapping your hands is no hearing test

Clapping their hands is how some people check for hearing in newborns. A more serious approach is called for to provide early detection of hearing loss. Read more

January 19, 2004

Hearing impaired worker awarded USD 612,000 for unjust firing

After 32 years as an operator at a chemical plant in Texas, Victor Skrabanek began having hearing problems. Tests indicated that his hearing loss was caused by excessive noise in the plant in Bay City, south of Houston. Read more

January 12, 2004

Noisiest toys of season named

Eleven popular toys are on the annual noisy toys list of the most recent Christmas Season. Read more