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December 20, 2007

Ringing in Christmas

When Christmas bells are ringing your ears may suffer. Read more

December 17, 2007

Information about hearing loss lacking for new parents

Hearing loss is the most common birth defect. But few know what to do to provide the best possible conditions for a newborn with hearing loss. Read more

December 14, 2007

Music a significant cause of hearing loss

After a night out, 9 in 10 young people experience signs of hearing damage. Read more

December 12, 2007

Hearing loss an unintended Christmas present

Toys are tops on the wish lists of most kids. But before you fulfill their wishes you should find out how noisy the toys are. The noise of some toys rivals the noise of a jet plane on take-off. This can damage the child's hearing. Read more

December 11, 2007

British professor: Over-55s should have hearing screened

A comprehensive British hearing screening trial of 35,000 55-74 year-olds found that routine screenings can save the individuals and society from a variety of problems and significant expenses. Large numbers of people live for years with diminished hearing capacity without the benefits of assistive devices. A surprisingly simple screening test was found to be effective. Read more

December 06, 2007

Law mandating noise limits meeting resistance

Music venues must turn down the noise starting in February 2008, when the new European Union noise regulations take effect. Music venues in Denmark, however, indicate that they will refuse to lower the volume. Read more

November 29, 2007

One in four suffers from hearing loss due to noise

Twenty-seven percent of the Spanish population suffers from hearing loss. The number one reason is noise. Read more

November 26, 2007

Noise to be turned down in German discos

If it is up to the Bavarian provincial government, music at full blast will be a plague of the past in German discos. The Bavarian lawmakers want the maximum noise levels to be limited by law. Read more

November 15, 2007

Increasing numbers of newborns receive hearing screening

The outlook is bright for newborns in the United States, as far as their hearing health care is concerned. 65 percent of all newborns are screened for hearing loss. Hearing screening for newborns is offered by 45 states. Read more

November 12, 2007

Waiting lists for hearing aids out of control

Danes must be patient when in need of hearing tests and treatment with hearing aids at a public hospital. At some hospitals, the wait for the initial appointment for a preliminary examination may be as long as two years. Read more

November 06, 2007

Legislation to protect hearing

The music and entertainment industry is bigger than ever, and louder, too. New legislation is designed to protect those who work in the industry from lifelong hearing damage. But many employers pay scant attention to this serious health threat. Read more

November 01, 2007

Impotence drugs may increase risk of sudden hearing loss

Potential risk of sudden hearing loss with impotence drugs to be displayed more prominently. Read more

October 24, 2007

Blaring of horns banned

Noise pollution is a drag for the population of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The police is enforcing a ban on blaring horns in an attempt to lower the traffic noise level. Read more

October 23, 2007

Dogs hearing tested

If your dog ignores your commands it may not be because of bad behaviour. Your dog could be hearing impaired. Now, Man's Best Friend can have a hearing test. Read more

October 18, 2007

Two year wait for hearing aids through National Health Service

This is the hard truth facing hearing impaired Britons. ”?Unacceptable', says the House of Commons Health Committee. Read more

October 09, 2007

Ears of disco goers to be protected

Many young people suffer hearing damage from loud music at concerts and in discos. The Swiss Bundesrat wants to do something about it and is changing the sound and laser regulations. Read more

October 04, 2007

Hearing loss ranks among top-five non-fatal health burdens

A report on the total burden to the Australian society of different diseases, adult-onset hearing loss came in fourth in the overall category of non-fatal conditions accounting for 5 percent, just in front of asthma with 4 percent. Non-fatal conditions is roughly half of the total burden. Read more

September 25, 2007

Claims against car factory for hearing loss

Several claims for compensation for hearing loss were filed against the Jaguar car plant in Merseyside, England. Read more

September 17, 2007

"Honey, why aren't you listening"?

Three Germans in four find it upsetting when their husbands or wives do not listen. When the partner does not pay attention, most Germans assume it is because they are uninterested. Just 5 percent consider the possibility that the inattention is caused by hearing loss. Read more

September 11, 2007

Ear infections more common in summer season

Fifty percent increase in the number of cases of ear infections, e.g. otitis media, during summer found in Mexico. Read more

September 06, 2007

Government supporting hearing impaired children

Screening of newborns, investments in cochlear implant services and increased support for schools are part of a comprehensive approach by New Zealand authorities to support hearing impaired children from day one. Read more

July 30, 2007

More elderly people with hearing loss

The rate of hearing impairment as the current young American generation ages is predicted to be twice that of their parents' generation. Read more

July 17, 2007

Hope for hearing impaired people in India

Far too many Indians suffer from hearing problems without receiving proper treatment. The Union Health Ministry of India has launched a national project focusing on hearing loss. The aim is to promote prevention and treatment. Read more

July 03, 2007

Get announcements delivered directly to your hearing aids in airports

The airport can be a true nightmare for hearing impaired travelers. Noise and confusion makes it hard to pick up public loudspeaker announcements about arrivals and departures. But it does not have to be like that. Read more

June 18, 2007

Ontario for the prevention of hearing loss at the workplace

Exposure to excessive noise in the workplace frequently leads to permanent occupational disability. A government initiative in Ontario, Canada, aims to prevent hearing loss among workers in noisy workplaces and reduce compensation costs. Read more

June 12, 2007

Breast milk protects against childhood otitis media

Breast-feeding counters genetic susceptibility to otitis media even long after the feeding has stopped. Read more

June 07, 2007

Record numbers of hearing aids

More and more Swedes are fitted with hearing aids. Read more

June 04, 2007

Hearing screening for newborns in Mexico

All newborns will undergo hearing screening within the first 24 hours of life in order to detect and treat hearing loss as early as possible. Read more

May 24, 2007

People with hearing and speech impairment call in rescuers via text messages in Denmark

When the house is on fire or an ambulance is needed you can reach the rescue centre via text messages. Read more

May 22, 2007

No tax break for hearing impairment

The Zürich Canton of Switzerland has long offered a special tax break for people with hearing disabilities. The Zürich Canton tax authorities want to change the law and repeal the tax deduction. Pro audito Schweiz, the Swiss association for hearing impaired people, wants hearing impaired taxpayers to rebel by ignoring the new rules. Read more

May 16, 2007

Hearing loss hits people directly in their pocketbooks

People with hearing loss make less money, but the use of hearing aids restores lost income by 50 percent, a US survey shows. Read more

May 15, 2007

Young footballer with hearing aids victim of discrimination

In a blatant case of discrimination, a football referee forced a 12 year-old player to take off his hearing aids in the middle of a boys' league game in Madrid, Spain. To the surprise of the referee, the audience grew so incensed at his harsh treatment of the boy, that he had to stop the game and call the police to be escorted off the field. Read more

May 07, 2007

No more stigma in the digital age

As more and more people use ear-based Bluetooth devices to talk hands-free on their cell phone the old stigma of wearing a hearing aid gradually vanishes. It is easier to blend in when other people also wear small devices in their ears. Read more

May 03, 2007

Long waiting lists for hearing aids

The waiting time for hearing aids in Denmark can be as long as 100 weeks. Read more

April 30, 2007

Hearing like a codfish

The codfish has great hearing. So great, that Norwegian and French researchers are working to develop a pill using a codfish enzyme to help hearing impaired people to regain some of their lost hearing. Read more

April 19, 2007

International Noise Awareness Day 2007

Too much noise can result in hearing loss and decreased quality of life. Read more

April 10, 2007

48 millions in the U.K. have never had hearing test

A good hearing is an important part of a good quality of life. Yet, 48 million Britons have never had a hearing test. Even those, who are aware that they have trouble hearing, often wait for years before they have their hearing examined and receive appropriate help. Read more

April 03, 2007

'Glue ear' due to faulty gene

Glue ear, also known as otitis media, may be caused by a faulty gene, called Evi1. Glue ear is the most common cause of hearing impairment in children and affects 50 percent of infants under the age of one year in the United Kingdom. Read more

March 26, 2007

Phone service for hearing impaired

Telephone centre in Colombia provides worldwide telephone communication to hearing impaired Colombians. Read more

March 15, 2007

Hearing loss gene discovered

60 percent of 70-80 year-olds have hearing problems. Hearing deteriorates with age. A group of researchers has discovered the gene related to aging and loss of hearing. Read more

March 13, 2007

Action to prevent hearing loss in school

An action to prevent and deal with hearing loss in Spanish schools has been set in motion by the Fiapas Confederation of Families of Deaf People. Read more

March 06, 2007

Let's party

City authorities in Copenhagen are considering a proposal to turn up the volume and the party mood in the inner city of the Danish capital on a trial basis. The idea is to make Copenhagen more attractive to party minded tourists. But numerous studies have shown that loud noise may damage the general well-being of people affected and in some cases their hearing, as well. Read more

February 20, 2007

Progestin tied to age related hearing loss

Hormone Replacement Therapy with progestin increases the risk of hearing loss in older women. The hormone supplement may result in 10-30 percent lower hearing. Read more

February 15, 2007

Cabinet member with hearing loss

A significant hearing loss does not slow the career of Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Sweden's Minister of Culture. Read more

February 09, 2007

Nationwide hearing screening in Sweden

Almost all Swedish hospitals offer hearing screening of newborns. From 2007 every Swedish hospital will participate in this programme. Read more

February 01, 2007

Winter Deaflympics

Athletes from 23 countries around the globe will be competing at the 16th Winter Deaflympics for deaf and hearing impaired athletes in Salt Lake City, Utah, the United States. Read more

January 23, 2007

Hearing dogs assisting hearing impaired people

People with hearing loss often fear that they will miss important sounds. A hearing dog may be their solution. Training a hearing dog takes approximately two years. Read more

January 18, 2007

Long waits for digital hearing aids

Hearing impaired Britons must be patient when they want to replace their old analogue hearing aids with new digital devices. The wait may be as long as five years in the worst cases. Elderly people are often put at the back of the queue. Read more

January 09, 2007

Hearing loss affects job opportunities

Hearing impaired people have a harder time finding job security than people with normal hearing. The unemployment rate in the hearing impaired population is four times the rate in the general population. Read more

January 02, 2007

Teachers fail to detect hearing loss half of the time

Rather than offering universal hearing screening for children, Chile's school health programme relies on teachers to identify hearing loss in preschoolers. But relying on the perceptiveness of the teachers is clearly insufficient. Read more