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December 19, 2011

Men hear better than women - at parties

Men are more capable of separating relevant sounds from background noise at parties, a German study has found. The reason may be that in the early days of humanity men were the ones who went hunting for food. Read more

December 15, 2011

Universal hearing screening for all children in Argentina by law

Hearing screening for all newborns will be universal and obligatory under the health care system of Argentina, as a result of the Law of Hearing Impairment passed in July 2011. Read more

December 07, 2011

India: Almost all cotton ginning workers have a hearing loss.

If you work in the Indian cotton ginning industry you are most likely to have a hearing loss. These workers are exposed to excessive noise and do not use ear protection, and this means that nearly 100% of the workers in the Indian cotton ginning industry have a hearing loss, a study has found. Read more

December 02, 2011

Tinnitus is 2.5 times more prevalent in those under stress

Researchers believe that there is a direct link between tinnitus and stress. Read more

November 28, 2011

Hearing loss - a great disease burden, but very little research carried out.

Hearing loss affects more and more people. In 2031, 14.5 million Britons will be affected. WHO says that hearing loss will be one of the top 10 disease burdens in many countries and will have a great social and economic impact. Despite this, 40 times less money is used on research into hearing loss than on cardiovascular conditions per person affected. Read more

November 22, 2011

Exostosis (Surfer's ear)

Repeated exposure to cold wind and water may cause an abnormal growth of bone within the ear canal. This is called exostosis. Read more

November 16, 2011

Distressing facts from Spain

One in five Spaniards admits to not being able to hear well. More than half of the population admits to never having their hearing tested. A Spanish prevention campaign is based on these alarming statistics. Read more

November 10, 2011

Cotton swabs are not meant for ear cleaning

There is a direct association between using cotton swabs to clean your ears and ruptured eardrums, according to a study. Read more

November 07, 2011

Untreated hearing loss may reduce brain volume

Researchers have found that the gray matter density of the auditory areas is lower in people with reduced hearing ability. Hearing aids will help to preserve the brain. Read more

November 02, 2011

Hearing impaired Australians suffer in silence

More than half of the Australians with impaired hearing have done nothing about their condition, a study finds. Read more

October 31, 2011

Being a musician may improve hearing

Many studies have shown that a good many musicians suffer from hearing loss as a result of the repetitive and constant noise they are exposed to. But playing a musical instrument can also have a positive effect on our hearing, according to a survey. Read more

October 25, 2011

Many do not talk about their hearing loss

Many people with hearing loss choose to keep their problems to themselves, and therefore do not get the support and help in the workplace that they require. This can lead to early retirement. Read more

October 19, 2011

The inner ear functions like a short-term memory

Researchers have found that sounds create after-vibrations in our inner ear. These vibrations, in all probability, function like a form of short-term memory. Read more

October 13, 2011

Passive Smoking is closely linked to hearing loss in teens

A study carried out by American researchers reveals that second-hand smoke can affect hearing development and lead to hearing loss in adolescents. There are plenty of other health problems, other than lung problems, that are under suspicion. Read more

October 11, 2011

People with black skin better protected against hearing loss

The explanation as to why black skinned people hear better than people with white skin may lie in the cell pigment in their skin, which produces the skin-protecting melanin. Read more

October 06, 2011

A new and better hear-it.org

Hear-it has undergone a make-over. At the same time, a Portuguese version of hear-it has been launched for the 50 million Portuguese-speakers who have hearing loss and their relatives. Read more

September 28, 2011

High frequency of ear infections among Aboriginals

In Australia, four out of five Aboriginal babies suffer from ear infections that can cause hearing loss. 20% of Aboriginal children also suffer from ruptured ear drums. Read more

September 26, 2011

Tinnitus - More than a hearing problem

Researchers have found that the ringing sound of tinnitus is produced by the brain, as it overcompensates for a hearing loss. Read more

September 19, 2011

Injectable treatment for sudden hearing loss

A study has shown that an injectable treatment for sudden hearing loss is just as effective as the usual oral medication - and with fewer side effects. Read more

September 14, 2011

Queen drummer Roger Taylor reliant on hearing aids

A long life as a musician in the rock band Queen has left its mark on drummer Roger Taylor's hearing, but the rocker is still active. Read more

September 09, 2011

Scotland: Patients lacking understanding and information

Patients' experiences with audiology departments are not always the same as their wishes and needs. Those are the findings of a Scottish report. Read more

September 05, 2011

Smoke alarms for the deaf and hearing impaired

Every year, smoke alarms save lives, and they have proven to be an excellent investment. But a smoke alarm is only of value if it can actually be heard. Read more

September 01, 2011

Clownfish risk going deaf

The charming little clownfish - known by many from the film Finding Nemo - is at risk of becoming deaf if the pH-level in the oceans continues to fall. Read more

August 30, 2011

Technology can improve the outcome of virtual meetings

It can be difficult for the hearing impaired to keep up in video conferences and larger meetings. The answer could be a speech-to-text reporter. Read more

August 23, 2011

Jean-Claude Van Damme diagnosed with hearing loss

In his many action films, Jean-Claude Van Damme has been exposed to many loud noises and sudden explosions. That has had a negative effect on his hearing. Read more

August 17, 2011

Hearing aids running on methanol

In just a short time, hearing aid batteries could be replaced by a drop of methanol. Read more

August 12, 2011

Hearing loss increases the risk of incapacity benefit

People who have been sick because of hearing problems have a greater risk of becoming disability pensioners than others who are sick. Those are the findings of a study in Sweden. Read more

August 09, 2011

Drug cocktail has positive impact on hearing loss in mice

A study with mice has identified a low-dose, two-drug cocktail that reduces hearing loss, when given to the mice before exposure to loud noise, as well as treating hearing loss, when given to them after the exposure. Read more

August 05, 2011

Less than half of all hearing impaired are open about their hearing loss.

75% of the hearing impaired think that all or most hearing impaired are embarrassed about their hearing loss. Read more

August 01, 2011

High rates of hearing loss - even for those in middle age

Among people aged 45 to 54, one in nine shows signs of hearing impairment, a US study reveals. In general, one in seven has lost some degree of hearing. Read more

July 26, 2011

Joey Jordison forced off the stage by tinnitus

Joey Jordison, the guitarist and drummer of the well-known American heavy metal band Slipknot, has suffered from severe tinnitus for the last two years. Read more

July 20, 2011

Tinnitus is neurons "talking to themselves"

Tinnitus is generated by neuron activity in the brain, researchers say. Read more

July 14, 2011

Deaf children put on an opera

Happy days, sound all around, deaf children all over the place and an opera singer in a bright orange dress are just some of the elements which are involved in a somewhat unconventional opera. Read more

July 07, 2011

Rebooting the brain may stop tinnitus

Rats who received nerve stimulation in the presence of music had their tinnitus eliminated. Read more

June 30, 2011

Testing for hearing loss often stops with the family doctor

Every other hearing impaired person does not receive the correct audiological examination. Family doctors should send their patients to a professional when the patient complains of hearing impairment. Read more

June 22, 2011

Healthcare professionals know too little about tinnitus

It may be difficult to get help from healthcare professionals if you suffer from tinnitus, a survey from Northern Ireland shows. Read more

June 15, 2011

Our brains turn up the volume when we speak

Neurons in different parts of our brain decide what we hear. Read more

June 09, 2011

Internet telephones can help the hearing impaired

A study has confirmed what many hearing impaired people have long known: That conversations on internet telephones are easier to understand than those on traditional telephones. Read more

June 07, 2011

Students unaware of their hearing loss

The prevalence of hearing loss among students is greater than expected, and this can affect their ability to learn. Read more

June 01, 2011

Hearing loss widespread among elderly

Increased age and male gender seems to heighten the occurrence of hearing loss. Read more

May 25, 2011

Nasal stem cells may cure early-onset hearing loss

Hearing has been restored in mice using nasal stem cells. Read more

May 18, 2011

Dutch teenagers put their hearing at risk

Listening habits exceed standards for occupational noise exposure. Read more

May 12, 2011

High street shops losing the hearing impaired

Many high street shops in the UK do not provide looping systems for people with hearing loss. And among those who do, many are out of order. This may be so in other countries as well. Read more

May 09, 2011

Calorie restriction may delay age-related hearing loss

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US have succeeded in delaying age-related hearing loss in mice by restricting their intake of calories. Read more

May 02, 2011

Using hearing aids - Doctor's opinion important

GPs and ENTs have a great influence on people's decision to use hearing aids. Read more

April 27, 2011

Chemicals and noise: a dangerous cocktail

Workers exposed to both chemicals and noise should wear both respiratory protection and hearing protection. Read more

April 19, 2011

Radiation therapy for head and neck cancer often results in poorer hearing

Nearly three quarters of those who underwent radiation therapy for head and neck cancer experienced a hearing loss, a study shows. Read more

April 13, 2011

Hearing impaired lack knowledge about the funding of hearing aids

In the United Kingdom, Germany and France there is a lack of knowledge as to the economical terms for getting hearing aids. Read more

April 08, 2011

Hearing loss in teen girls on the rise

Research shows that teen girls are now suffering from hearing loss almost to the same degree as boys. Read more

April 04, 2011

Hearing loss causes tinnitus

The degree of noise-induced hearing loss influences the severity of tinnitus. Read more

March 30, 2011

Hearing aids - Seven battery tips

Here's how to make your batteries last longer. Read more

March 23, 2011

Two genes, two types of protein and two types of hearing loss

Research has shown how hearing loss differs depending on which proteins are lost. Read more

March 16, 2011

Many positive impacts of using hearing aids

Hearing aids make a great difference, especially in relations with significant others. Read more

February 28, 2011

Tinnitus common in Nigeria

Tinnitus among Nigerians is mostly associated with treatable health conditions. Read more

February 23, 2011

One in eight says: Yes, I have a hearing loss

One in eight adult Europeans say that they have a hearing loss. But two out of three Europeans do not use hearing aids. Those are the results of a study carried out in Germany, England and France. Read more

February 17, 2011

Passive smoking may result in hearing loss

Passive smoking affects both former smokers and people who have never smoked. Read more

February 09, 2011

The dangerous decibels

Loud noises can have a negative impact on one's hearing and can lead to permanent hearing loss. The higher the noise the higher the risk of damage. Thus, less time passes in which one can tolerate the noise before the damage is done. Read more

February 02, 2011

Folate may reduce or delay hearing loss

At least three surveys indicate that folate may benefit your hearing. Read more

January 27, 2011

More young people suffer from hearing loss

40% of those diagnosed with hearing problems are below 40, figures from Singapore show. Read more

January 24, 2011

Eat potato chips and lose your hearing

New potato chip bags are good for the environment, but bad for your hearing. The bags are 128 times noisier than ordinary chip bags. Read more

January 19, 2011

New drug can possibly help tinnitus

A new drug can help ease the discomfort of tinnitus when pumped into the inner ear, according to a recent study. Read more

January 12, 2011

Young Aussies get noise overdose

Many young Aussies are exposed to dangerously loud music. The noise exceeds what is allowed on building sites and one in three is unaware that hearing loss is permanent. Read more

January 06, 2011

Hearing screening in children - the earlier, the better

Screening for hearing problems within the first weeks of life benefits children. Read more

January 03, 2011

Omega-3 may protect against hearing loss

Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids, and the fish which provide them, may reduce the risk of age-related hearing loss, according to a study from the University of Sydney. Read more