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December 22, 2015

Untreated hearing problems cause severe fatigue and low energy

Severe fatigue and vigour problems are common among non-hearing aid users seeking help for their hearing difficulties, a survey has found. Other surveys show that hearing aids might help the situation. Read more

December 14, 2015

5% of all adult Americans say they have tinnitus

One-in-twenty Americans have tinnitus. Three quarters say that they have it in both ears. More than half of those who have tinnitus say that it is always there. These are the findings of an extensive American survey. Read more

December 11, 2015

More and more Europeans use hearing aids

Even more people in Europe with hearing loss use hearing aids. More are also using two hearing aids. Read more

December 08, 2015

Nine out of ten find hearing aids useful in the workplace

Around 90% of hearing aid users find hearing aids useful in the workplace. People who use hearing aids also recognize that hearing aids increase the chances of hearing impaired people getting promoted, to getting the right job and being paid more. Read more

November 30, 2015

Ear bud headphones may harm your hearing

You can lose up to 90% of your cochlear nerve fibres from frequent ear bud use, a study has found. Read more

November 24, 2015

Maori and Pacific Island children afflicted with ear infections

In New Zealand, Maori and Pacific Island children have the highest levels of hospitalization from ear infections. A new vaccine reduces this problem. Read more

November 18, 2015

Hearing loss increases the risk of dying earlier

Hearing loss among older adults increases the risk of earlier death, a US study has found. Another study has found that users of hearing aids do not have higher risk of early death than other people. Read more

November 09, 2015

Playing an instrument improves hearing

If you have a hearing loss and play an instrument, you may be able to hear better. Read more

November 03, 2015

More and more people are using hearing aids

The proportion of hearing-impaired Europeans who use hearing aids is rising. Read more

October 29, 2015

The use of hearing aids reduces cognitive decline

Hearing loss accelerates cognitive decline in elderly adults, but the use of hearing aids counters this acceleration. A new scientific longitudinal study shows that those who use hearing aids have about the same cognitive level as those with no hearing loss. Read more

October 27, 2015

Eat fish and hear better

A Swedish study shows that those who eat a lot of fish have better hearing. Read more

October 19, 2015

Early detected hearing loss improves reading skills

Teenagers whose hearing loss has been detected at an early age show better reading comprehension than those diagnosed with hearing loss later in life. Read more

October 13, 2015

Hearing aid users experience increased quality of life

Surveys from Europe show that most hearing aid users experience increased quality of life. The surveys also found that people who use hearing aids tend to be less depressed, less exhausted in the evenings and that they sleep better than non-users. Read more

October 06, 2015

Children born with CMV virus suffer from hearing loss

More than 10 % of children born with the virus cytomegalovirus (CMV) suffer from permanent hearing loss. The degree of hearing loss depends on the symptoms. Read more

September 28, 2015

More than 10% of all adult Americans have difficulty hearing

10.6% of all adult Americans say they have difficulty hearing. These are the findings of the MarkeTrak9 survey which was carried out in the US in 2014. Read more

September 21, 2015

Thyroid imbalance may lead to hearing loss

Imbalances in the thyroid gland could be the cause of a hearing loss, a study shows. Read more

September 15, 2015

Around half have never had a hearing test

Studies from the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland show that around half have never had a hearing test carried out. Read more

September 09, 2015

Mechanism behind noise induced hearing loss is identified

Researchers have found that a thinning of the nerve cells’ protective coating, myelin, is the main explanation for how noise induced hearing loss occurs. Read more

September 03, 2015

Childhood infections can cause hearing loss later in life

Common childhood infections can be linked to hearing loss, a UK study shows. Read more

August 31, 2015

One-in-nine Europeans say they have a hearing loss

Studies in Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland show that one-in-nine people over the age of 18 believe that they have a hearing loss. Among those over 65, more than one-in-five have a hearing loss. Read more

August 24, 2015

Leaving school is hard. Especially with a hearing loss.

Because of their hearing loss, young people in Northern Ireland experience many barriers in the transition from school to further education or employment, a UK study shows. Read more

August 17, 2015

Noise-Induced hearing loss alters the brain's response to speech

Prolonged exposure to loud noise alters how the brain processes speech, which may affect the ability to distinguish speech, a study has found.
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August 03, 2015

High frequency of hearing loss among people with learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities are more likely to suffer from hearing loss than the general population, but are less likely to be diagnosed. Read more

July 29, 2015

When was the last time you had a hearing test?

Maybe it is time for a hearing test. Read more

July 27, 2015

Early hearing loss detection improves children’s development

Early hearing-aid fitting or cochlear implementation for babies with hearing loss has a positive effect on their future learning. Read more

July 21, 2015

High risk of hearing loss among Zimbabwean miners

Over one-third of miners in Zimbabwe experience noise induced hearing loss due to occupational noise, a study reveals. Read more

July 15, 2015

Many manual labour jobs can cause hearing loss

Because of noisy working conditions, workers in several manual labour jobs are at high risk of hearing loss. Read more

July 07, 2015

Nearly one in seven Hispanic adults in the US has some hearing loss

Hispanics of Puerto Rican descent in the US have the highest rate of hearing loss, while Mexican-Americans have the lowest, a study shows. Read more

June 29, 2015

Study based program improves protection of musicians’ hearing

A long-term study has analyzed the sound dynamics in concert halls using an Australian symphony orchestra as a case for a hearing conservation program. The program can help professional and amateur musicians to protect their hearing. Read more

June 24, 2015

The drug furosemide may treat noise induced tinnitus

Tinnitus caused by noise may be treatable with the drug furosemide if used shortly after tinnitus has been triggered by the noise exposure, a study shows. Read more

June 17, 2015

Chemical exposure increase risk of hearing loss

Chemical exposure such as organic solvents and heavy metals is linked to an increased risk of hearing loss, a Korean study has found. Read more

June 09, 2015

Children with mild hearing loss get overlooked in school

Scottish children with mild hearing loss are not getting the support they need. Because they have better language skills than profoundly deaf children, they tend to get overlooked.
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June 02, 2015

Tinnitus and hearing loss increase the risk for injuries at work

Workers with tinnitus and hearing loss have a 25% greater risk to be injured at work, study finds. Read more

May 28, 2015

Hearing impaired people are less socially active

Hearing impaired older people’s difficulty in interacting can reduce participation in social situations, Finnish studies show. Read more

May 18, 2015

Hearing loss doesn’t affect driving

You are not a worse driver, just because you have a hearing loss. It is in fact almost the opposite. This is the conclusion of a Swedish doctorate. Read more

May 11, 2015

Single sided deafness can lead to poor language skills

Children who suffer from single sided deafness are less likely to do well in school than children with normal hearing. Read more

May 04, 2015

HIV can cause hearing loss

Study finds a higher frequency of hearing loss among people with HIV. Read more

April 28, 2015

Two cochlear implants are best

Children with two cochlear implants display higher scores in language development than children with just one.
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April 23, 2015

The British know very little about hearing loss

93% of Britons with hearing loss knew very little about hearing loss before they themselves had it; and very few know the scope of the problem, a study shows.
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April 17, 2015

500 genes can affect our hearing

The explanation for inherent hearing loss can in most cases be found in our genes. More than 500 of the 30,000 human genes can impact hearing. Read more

April 13, 2015

Auditory injuries are the number one war wound

Hearing loss, tinnitus and other auditory injuries are common war wounds among U.S. military veterans. Auditory injuries are so prevalent that the veterans have named it the number one war wound. Read more

April 07, 2015

WHO: 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss

More than one billion people are at risk of damaging their hearing due to unsafe listening practices, according to the World Health Organization.
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March 30, 2015

Use of workplace headphones puts millions at risk

25% of the U.K. workforce has an increased risk of premature hearing loss caused by prolonged use of headphones at work, a study suggests. Read more

March 23, 2015

Sleep apnea can cause hearing loss

Sleep apnea may not just affect your sleeping. A study has found that the sleeping disorder may be linked to hearing loss as well. Read more

March 17, 2015

Teenagers are at high risk of hearing loss

A large number of American teenagers show signs of hearing loss and almost all American teens engage in activities that they know can be harmful to their hearing. Read more

March 09, 2015

Twice as many Maori suffer from hearing loss compared to European New Zealanders

Permanent hearing loss is much more common for Maori than it is for European New Zealanders, according to a study. Read more

March 03, 2015

Hearing aids improve balance in elderly people

Elderly people with hearing loss have a better balance with their hearing aids turned on compared to when their hearing aids are turned off. Read more

February 25, 2015

Get your hearing checked on WHO International Ear Care Day

Teeth checked! Eyes checked! What about your hearing? March 3 is WHO’s International Ear Care Day. Read more

February 17, 2015

Teachers are at higher risk of noise induced hearing loss

Teachers experience hearing loss to a greater degree than people in other professions. Many do not seek treatment. Read more

February 10, 2015

Unhearable sounds can harm your ears

Sounds that the human ear is unable to detect can affect the inner ear and possibly make it temporarily more prone to damage. Read more

February 03, 2015

Hearing aids are one of the most important medicinal inventions

Hearing aids are among the top 10 most important medicinal advancements, a French study has shown. Read more

January 30, 2015

Short term hearing loss a protective mechanism

Temporary hearing loss after a rock concert may be the body’s shield against long term hearing damage. Read more

January 26, 2015

Untreated hearing loss impacts more than a quarter of workers

Untreated hearing loss among workers in the United States is a growing concern. A survey shows that 30% of employees suspect they have hearing loss, but haven’t sought treatment. Read more

January 19, 2015

Factors leading to Ménière’s Disease

A study has identified factors which are likely to lead to the development of the long term ear disorder Ménière’s disease. Read more

January 12, 2015

20% of the UK population will suffer from hearing loss in 2031

Hearing loss has for too long been ignored, overlooked and disregarded, a UK commission has found. Read more

January 07, 2015

Smokers and passive smokers can lose their hearing

People who smoke or are frequently exposed to passive smoke are more likely to suffer from hearing loss, a study reveals. Read more