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December 21, 2009

Hearing aids improving love life

Hearing aids improve social relations, including the users' love life, and make intimate conversations easier, according to Australian study. Read more

December 18, 2009

Self-consciousness greatly affects use of hearing aids

Many hearing aid users still believe that their hearing aids signal all sorts of things about themselves to other people. Read more

December 04, 2009

Take control of your hearing aids

Your perception of technology greatly affects your relationship with your hearing aids. A thorough introduction and advice are extremely important in achieving the best hearing aid experience, according to a scientific study. Read more

November 30, 2009

Gene mutations causing tinnitus

Tinnitus in combination with hearing loss may be caused by genetic changes and may become curable with gene therapy in the future, say Australian scientists. Read more

November 26, 2009

Pay attention to your ears at your wedding

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Perhaps the missing new element is earplugs. Some wedding traditions are more damaging to your hearing than you might suspect. Read more

November 19, 2009

General practitioners overlooking patients' hearing loss

Many general practitioners ignore, overlook or fail to mention disabling hearing loss in their patients, according to a study conducted in the United States. Read more

November 05, 2009

Young people show hearing awareness

Two thirds of the French population have had their hearing tested. Hearing test awareness is particularly high among young Frenchmen. Read more

October 29, 2009

Protect your hearing in the subway

As little as two minutes in the New York subway may result in hearing loss. Passengers should replace their headphones with earplugs. Read more

October 22, 2009

One in three school-children with hearing problems

As many as 35 percent of school-children in Argentina suffer from hearing damage, according to a recent study. Read more

October 19, 2009

Most people adapt quickly to hearing aids

Almost 60 percent of hearing impaired people fitted with hearing aids adapted quickly to their devices, according to an online survey conducted by Hear-it AISBL among hearing aid users in 2009. The survey found that hearing aids make a difference. Read more

October 15, 2009

Imperfect bite may cause tinnitus

Rather than grinning and bearing it you might want to have your teeth checked. More and more dentists understand that an imperfect bite may be the cause of your tinnitus. Read more

October 09, 2009

Hearing aid stigma is French toast

Ninety-two percent of the French population would be willing to use hearing aids, if necessary, according to a new study. Read more

October 05, 2009

Micro RNA - Molecule key to hearing

If micro RNA in inner ear hair cells are blocked or mutate, hearing is lost. New discoveries about the importance of micro RNA could result in long-term gains for hearing impaired people. Read more

September 28, 2009

Gene associated with age-related hearing loss identified

An extensive research project has led to the discovery of a gene associated with age-related hearing loss. Next up is testing of treatment options. Read more

September 22, 2009

Hearing impaired beauty queens

Physical beauty does not depend on good hearing. Just look at Jayna Altman of the US and Vanessa Lima Vidal of Brazil. Both are hearing impaired and both were recently crowned as beauty queens. Read more

September 04, 2009

Check out living with a hearing aid

If you have trouble deciding whether or not you need a hearing aid you can try one for a limited time. New studies indicate that a little personal experience convinces many to take the full step to adopting the device for good. Read more

August 25, 2009

Help for hearing impaired youngsters

Leaving even a mild hearing loss in your child untreated is likely to create numerous problems. Parents, medical doctors and teachers all need to take responsibility for increasing the attention to the needs of hearing impaired children and adolescents. Read more

August 11, 2009

Practice makes for better hearing

Hearing related processes in the brain can be affected by intensive training, according to experiments with rats. The finding may someday benefit children with auditory processing disorder. Read more

August 06, 2009

Millions of Europeans exposed to noise in the workplace

More than 60 million European workers are exposed to noise for at least one in four hours at work Read more

August 03, 2009

Sound discrimination ability more important than degree of hearing loss

Ability to follow a conversation more important for school performance than degree of hearing loss. Read more

July 28, 2009

Brain adapting to hearing damage

The brain starts adapting immediately when the hearing is damaged. The brain tries to compensate for changes throughout life. Read more

July 14, 2009

Australians ignoring their hearing loss

More than half of the Australians who were diagnosed with hearing loss in phone tests have done nothing about it. Read more

July 07, 2009

New test to determine whether hearing damage is in inner ear or brain

A brief test can determine if cause of hearing loss is in the inner ear or in the brain. The results are useful in hearing aid fitting. Read more

July 02, 2009

Golf shots affecting hearing

Doctors recommending that golf players wear earplugs. The “sonic boom” created when clubs strike the ball can damage players' hearing. Read more

June 25, 2009

Hearing impaired people often struggle to stay in labour market

Hearing loss makes getting a well paid job harder and increases risk of unemployment, according to Australian data. Read more

June 18, 2009

Extended Bandwidth in Hearing Aids

New advances in technology enable better perception of speech and sound Read more

June 08, 2009

More people hear low sound frequency smoke alarm

Australian researchers find that home smoke alarms can save more lives when the alarm sounds at lower sound frequencies. Read more

June 04, 2009

No common guidelines for treatment of sudden hearing loss

Americans suffering sudden sensorineural hearing loss cannot be sure what examination or treatment they will be offered. Read more

May 28, 2009

Tinnitus patients feel better with hearing aids

If you have tinnitus, a hearing aid may help you, according to hearing specialists. Hearing aids may reduce the stress of bad hearing and offer sound therapy. Read more

May 25, 2009

Workers in fishing vessels at risk for hearing loss

Argentine study finds moderate hearing loss among commercial fishermen. Read more

May 18, 2009

Workplaces ignoring needs of hearing impaired employees

In 2008, hear-it carried out a number of online surveys about daily life with hearing loss. The results are being published in a series of articles on www.hear-it.org. Here is the fifth article. Read more

May 13, 2009

Medicine misuse causing hearing loss among Chinese children

Up to 10,000 new cases of hearing loss among Chinese children are found each year due to medicine misuse. Read more

May 04, 2009

Stem cells from the brain may offer cure for hearing loss

American researchers believe certain stem cells from the brain hold key to potential cure for hearing loss. Read more

April 30, 2009

T-loop systems in public facilities

Many countries have passed accessibility laws requiring the use of advanced technology in public places to break communication barriers. Read more

April 23, 2009

Tuning the ear to restore hearing

Scientists believe it possible to tune the cochlea so that sound bi-passes damaged parts. But the surgical procedure to turn this new theory into practice has yet to be developed. Read more

April 22, 2009

International Noise Awareness Day

Noise is all around us, making noise related hearing loss more and more prevalent at all ages. The annual International Noise Awareness Day brings the noise and the problems associated with it into focus. Read more

April 17, 2009

Hearing loss affecting relations with family and friends

In 2008, hear-it carried out a number of online surveys about daily life with hearing loss. The results are being published in a series of articles on www.hear-it.org. Here is the fourth article. Read more

April 14, 2009

Anthropologist: Evolution of the ear ongoing

Our ears are still adapting to human speech, says anthropologist, who discovered that genes associated with hearing have changed in the most recent thousands of years. Read more

April 03, 2009

Disco noise volume over the top

If you go night clubbing you know the situation. You can't hear a word because the music is too loud. No wonder. According to a Danish study, that country's discoteques routinely break the noise regulations. They play their music way too loudly. Read more

April 02, 2009

Hearing loss epidemic approaching in the US

The use of personal stereos and an aging society may lead to a hearing loss epidemic. Read more

March 26, 2009

Live music in moderation

If you are among those who travel to music festivals around the world every summer you repeatedly subject your hearing to loud noise levels. One of the largest Northern European music festivals is focusing on the hearing health of its audience. A British study indicated that this is a great idea. Read more

March 24, 2009

Hearing impairment causing exhaustion on the job

In 2008, hear-it carried out a number of online surveys about daily life with hearing loss. The results are being published in a series of articles on www.hear-it.org. Here is the third article. Read more

March 23, 2009

85 percent of Aborigine children in Northern Australia suffer from hearing problems

Chronic infections of the middle ear damage the hearing of Aborigine children in Australia's Northern Territory. Doctors are warning about negative social consequences of the hearing loss epidemic and are asking the Australian authorities to take action. Read more

March 19, 2009

Hearing Aids May be Set for Different Languages

Different programmes for English or Japanese? Read more

March 17, 2009

Go for it and get a hearing aid

Steffen Kjærgaard is a Tour de France racer and sprinter. With his power and speed he helped his team-mate, Lance Armstrong, triumph in the 2000 and 2001 tours. Out of the saddle, Kjærgaard took a slower road towards recognizing his hearing loss and getting a hearing aid. But when he finally cleared this hurdle, he found the going easy and the advantages plentiful. Read more

March 16, 2009

Hearing screening of newborns improves speech development

The first reports about the long-term effects of hearing screening of newborns have been published. The findings are positive. They confirm that early intervention based on hearing screenings is beneficial for the speech development of hearing impaired children. Read more

March 12, 2009

Video arcades causing hearing loss and tinnitus

Noise levels found to be so high that young guests risk hearing loss in just 30 seconds. Read more

March 09, 2009

Scientists find hearing loss gene

A new type of hearing loss and the gene causing it have been identified by an international team of scientists. The discovery makes it possible to be screened for this specific type of hearing loss. Read more

March 05, 2009

Advancements in tinnitus research

Researchers at State University of New York at Buffalo are studying the biological and physiological mechanisms that cause tinnitus. Read more

March 02, 2009

Military battling hearing loss

New equipment to protect hearing of American Navy personnel and Marines. Improving hearing protection record in Finland. Read more

February 26, 2009

Little awareness about hearing loss among young adults

Young Australians know little about hearing loss and fail to take necessary precautions to protect their hearing, according to a new study. Read more

February 23, 2009

The eyes also listen

Our pupils dilate in response to the sounds perceived. This discovery may show a connection between eye movements and hearing ability. It may also be the basis for an alternative method to detect hearing loss when a standard hearing test is not applicable. Read more

February 19, 2009

Turning the brain scanner on the ear

An imaging technique mainly used for scanning brains can help doctors to more precisely diagnose sensorineural hearing loss, a discovery made by scientists in Texas. Read more

February 16, 2009

EU: Millions of music listeners risk hearing loss

As many as 10 million Europeans are putting their hearing at risk when they listen to loud music on their MP3 players, according to an EU report. An EU commissioner wants to improve personal stereo safety. Read more

February 10, 2009

The bad hearing of relatives a delicate subject

If you find it difficult to broach the subject of bad hearing of a relative or friend you are not alone. Read more

February 09, 2009

Breakthrough: Inner ear hair cells generated through gene therapy

Using gene therapy on mice, American researchers have succeeded for the first time in growing the kind of inner ear hair cells crucial in processing of sound and hearing. The breakthrough is likely to lead to the development of a future therapy to successfully treat hearing loss, the researchers believe. Read more

February 05, 2009

Nursery school noise causing tinnitus

New Norwegian campaign against excessive noise in nursery schools. Read more

February 05, 2009

Be a frog – listen to your one and only, only

Wouldn't it be nice if you could tune out all the noise at the party and just listen to the boy or girl of your dreams? In China, scientists have found a frog which may be the only species able to shut out whatever background noise it chooses. Read more

February 02, 2009

Painkillers may aggravate tinnitus

Swedish audiologist warning people with tinnitus that many common painkillers may aggravate their hearing problem. Read more

January 27, 2009

Hear-it on Facebook

Two new support groups to bring attention to hearing impairment. Read more

January 26, 2009

Chemotherapy can cause hearing loss

The post-chemotherapy quality of life is important for cancer patients. New attention is being paid to one common side-effect, hearing loss. Read more

January 22, 2009

Hearing impaired people still stigmatized

Hearing loss is still perceived as an old people's affliction, even though data from around the world say something else. The misperception makes it socially hard to cope with hearing impairment, not least in the workplace. Read more

January 20, 2009

Hearing impaired people wait for years before seeking treatment

In 2008, hear-it carried out a number of online surveys about daily life with hearing loss. The results are being published in a series of articles on www.hear-it.org. Here is the first article. Read more

January 19, 2009

Smoking and being overweight damaging to your hearing

People who smoke and people who are overweight are at higher risk of age-related hearing loss, according to a European study. Read more

January 15, 2009

Kiss of deaf

When someone makes a loud shrill noise close to your ear, you may feel as if you are going deaf. Unfortunately, for Gail Schwartzman, an American house-wife, this became all too real when her 4 year-old daughter kissed her on the ear. Read more

January 14, 2009

Codeine can cause hearing loss

If you regularly take codeine, you already have enough health issues to worry about, but it turns out this widely used painkiller has a serious side-effect. It can cause hearing loss. Read more

January 12, 2009

If you are treated for tuberculosis you are in risk of hearing loss

If you are suffering from multi-resistant tuberculosis you are at risk for permanent hearing loss as a side-effect of the medical treatment. Read more

January 09, 2009

TV channel for hearing impaired audience

An Argentine TV channel, el Canal Hipoacúsico Educativo (CHE), is offering only transmissions of captioned shows to make it easier for hearing impaired viewers to watch TV. Read more

January 07, 2009

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may alleviate sudden hearing loss

Suddenly losing your hearing is a scary scenario. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be one important remedy. Read more