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17 December 2012
Overactive neurons can cause tinnitus
Future treatment could regulate cells' electrical activity
12 December 2012
Headphones may be as dangerous as jet engines
Turning the volume up too high on your headphones can damage the coating of the nerve cells in the ear, leading to temporary hearing loss, a study has found.
07 December 2012
22 million US-workers exposed to hazardous noise
Higher risk of hearing loss in workers in mining, manufacturing and construction, a US study finds.
03 December 2012
False-positive hearing screenings in caesarean newborns
Researchers recommend that newborns delivered by caesarean section should not be given the otherwise routine hearing screening in the first few days after delivery. This will reduce the number of failed hearing tests.
27 November 2012
90% of casting and forging workers in India have a hearing loss
More than nine-out-of-ten Indian workers working with casting and forging have a hearing loss, an Indian study has found.
22 November 2012
Background noise affects people with hearing loss
The ears of people with hearing loss work differently in background noise than the ears of people with normal hearing.
19 November 2012
Too few hearing screenings of infants in rural China
Newborn-hearing screening has been successfully implemented in Chinese cities, but not in rural areas.
13 November 2012
Noise-induced hearing loss in soldiers may be prevented
Researchers have found that some nutraceuticals may prevent and even reverse certain hearing losses in soldiers. Some of these are found in red grapes and red wine.
06 November 2012
Meningitis is a major cause of hearing loss in children
Meningitis is one of the leading post-natal causes of hearing loss.
02 November 2012
Combination treatments for tinnitus give better results
No single treatment has yet been proven to cure tinnitus, but a British study shows, that combining previous treatments can give better results in people suffering from tinnitus.
01 November 2012
The world's best website concerning hearing and hearing loss has been launched in Chinese
A Chinese version of the world's largest and best website concerning hearing and hearing loss www.hear-it.cn has been launched for the more than 150 million in China who have hearing loss and their relatives.
30 October 2012
Almost three-quarters of teens experience reduced hearing after attending a concert
The teenagers were offered hearing protection, but only a few used them.
25 October 2012
Too few hearing impaired Swedes use hearing aids
Only 39% of Swedes who are diagnosed with hearing loss use hearing aids, a study has found.
Mobile phones and hearing aids
Many hearing impaired people find it difficult to hear what others are saying on their mobile phones - the solution may be hearing aids with Bluetooth technology.
16 October 2012
Nine out of ten Belgian students experience tinnitus
89.5% of the students experience transient tinnitus after exposure to loud music, a Belgian study finds.
The use of hearing protection in such situations was also found to be low.
12 October 2012
8-year-old girl writes a book about her hearing loss
The handwritten and illustrated storybook describes Samantha Brownlie's life with a hearing aid.
04 October 2012
Migraines may increase the risk of hearing loss
People who suffer from migraines have an increased risk for developing hearing loss, a study says.
26 September 2012
Unawareness: Loud music can damage your hearing
A British study reveals that eight out of ten have not considered that they can damage their hearing or get tinnitus from turning up their music.
17 September 2012
Insomnia affects tinnitus patients
A study shows a significant association between insomnia and the severity of perceived tinnitus symptoms. Patients with insomnia report greater emotional distress from tinnitus.
12 September 2012
Active sonar can harm the hearing of dolphins and whales
Activists fear new military exercises using active sonar will greatly harm whales, not least giving them hearing loss.
06 September 2012
The mystery of “the cocktail party effect” solved
Scientists have found out how we with "selective hearing" tune in to one person at a party; the phenomenon sometimes referred to as "the cocktail party effect"..
03 September 2012
MP3 players put teens at risk of early hearing loss
The use of MP3 players at high volume can lead to early hearing loss among teenagers, say researchers.
29 August 2012
Activity in touch-sensing nerves makes your ears ring
Exposure to loud noise can cause changes in your auditory circuitry. You might experience temporal hearing loss, but even if tinnitus is not an immediate reaction, it can develop over time.
23 August 2012
Sudden hearing loss related to sleep apnea
A study from Taiwan suggests that people suffering from sleep apnea have a higher risk of experiencing sudden hearing loss.
17 August 2012
Nearly 30 million people in the United States suffer from tinnitus
10% of Americans have tinnitus. Among those over 65, this figure is almost one in three. These are the findings of the MarkeTrak VIII study.
13 August 2012
Paul Gilbert: How to avoid hearing loss
Veteran guitarist Paul Gilbert gives advice to musicians and music lovers so that they can avoid the same kind of hearing impairment he himself suffers from.
07 August 2012
You may have a hearing loss without knowing it
Loud noise can cause immediate hearing loss. But it can also do harm to your inner ear that you will only experience after some time. And then your hearing will be hard to restore.
01 August 2012
A kiss on the ear can be dangerous to your hearing
An innocent gesture can quite literally be ”?the kiss of deaf'. Research shows that a kiss on the ear can cause permanent hearing loss.
27 July 2012
Untreated diabetes intensifies the risk of hearing loss
Research shows that if diabetes in women is left uncontrolled, they are more likely to develop a greater degree of hearing loss.
25 July 2012
Justin Bieber sued for hearing loss at concert
A mother who took her daughter to a Justin Bieber concert is now suing the teenage idol for $9.2 million. The mother claims that she is suffering from hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis caused by Bieber's concert.
23 July 2012
Zebra finches lose their ability to sing if they lose their hearing
Hearing loss may also have an impact on human speech ability, researchers suggest.
18 July 2012
Grandparents and grandkids help each other
Grandkids are often the reason why grandparents seek help if they have impaired hearing by getting hearing aids, and the children benefit from the hearing aids themselves.
11 July 2012
Middle-aged Americans fail to recognise the need for hearing aids
Many middle-aged Americans believe that age-related hearing loss is inevitable, but actually there is a rather simple solution to the problem.
28 June 2012
Hearing loss can also mean increased sensitivity to vibrations
People with a particular, hereditary hearing loss called DFNA2 are more sensitive to low frequency vibrations.
22 June 2012
Coldplay star Chris Martin suffers from tinnitus
The lead singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin, has suffered from tinnitus for the last ten years. He wishes he had taken better care of his hearing when he was younger, he says.
18 June 2012
Three out of four hearing aid users have an improved quality of hearing
A study reveals that hearing aids improve the quality of hearing of nearly three-quarters of participants with hearing aids. At the same time, only one in five of those having hearing difficulties currently uses a hearing aid.
12 June 2012
Musical training may delay age-related hearing loss
Many people experience hearing loss as they get older. However, a new study suggests that musical training from an early age could account for why older musicians have better hearing than non-musicians.
04 June 2012
Internet-based therapy can help tinnitus sufferers
Cognitive therapy can be just as effective on the internet as in group sessions, a study shows. People with tinnitus could benefit from Internet-based therapy.
29 May 2012
Early implants give the best results
Cochlear implants have the greatest effect when introduced at the same time and at an early stage. This is shown in a study of children with prelingual hearing loss.
24 May 2012
One in five Americans have problems with their hearing
The frequency of hearing loss doubles for every decade of life, surveys have found. If you have hearing loss, hearing aids are the right treatment, researchers say.
21 May 2012
Less than 10% of Swedish teachers undergo regular hearing tests
All those who work with children should be offered regular hearing tests. That is the opinion of the Swedish Association for Hard of Hearing People, HRF.
14 May 2012
Parents don't talk with their teens about the risk of hearing loss
Most parents have not discussed hearing loss with their teens, an US poll shows, although one in six adolescents has high-frequency hearing loss.
09 May 2012
No hearing treatment despite hearing difficulties
A U.S. study of people aged 50 and older shows that 47% of respondents report having some kind of hearing difficulty which has not been treated.
03 May 2012
Tinnitus may be reduced by Acoustic Coordinated Reset (ACR)
Playing matching tones over headphones may reduce tinnitus, a clinical trial shows. The clinical trial has helped seven out of ten tinnitus sufferers.
30 April 2012
Ignoring hearing problems can mean missing out on beneficial treatment
Many people who have hearing problems say that minor hearing issues are easy to live with even if untreated, a US study reveals. But in the same survey, 75% of those who have been treated have improved the quality of their hearing.
25 April 2012
Teens exposed to lead fail hearing test
When children and teens are exposed to lead, it can lead to hearing disabilities at a young age. Experts suggest that the limit of lead exposure be lowered.
19 April 2012
Hearing loss the sixth most expensive health condition
Hearing loss costs the Dutch society almost one billion Euros annually. This is shown in a report from University Medical Center in Groningen in the Netherlands.
17 April 2012
US Marine Corps' new hearing program
In the future, all US Marines will undergo mandatory hearing tests every year in order to develop a strong hearing conservation program within the US Marine Corps.
11 April 2012
Hearing impaired have a higher risk of falling
Even mild hearing loss triples the risk of difficulties maintaining gait and balance, a study shows.
30 March 2012
Use of iPods while travelling may cause hearing loss
City dwellers often use public transportation when moving around the city and traffic can be a harmful source of noise which can heighten the risk of hearing loss. However, listening to iPods or MP3 players on the way can cause just as much damage to your hearing.
26 March 2012
Most Britons cannot clearly hear the TV
In a British survey, nearly three out of four said that they have problems understanding speech when they watch TV.
21 March 2012
The number of American children with hearing loss has doubled
Noisy toys and MP3 players may cause noise-induced hearing loss in children. But you can do something to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.
19 March 2012
Better captions for hearing impaired on YouTube
The video-sharing site YouTube is improving its automatic captions in order to reach out to its many hearing impaired viewers.
15 March 2012
Coping with tinnitus is about the right approach
A specific acceptance-based approach can help people to live with tinnitus, a doctoral thesis has shown. More than half of the participants experienced an improvement after adopting a new attitude towards their tinnitus.
12 March 2012
Factory workers unaware of their hearing loss
In a survey, three out of four factory workers said that their hearing was good. However, 42% actually had a hearing loss.
07 March 2012
More than 700,000 New Zealanders are affected by hearing loss
In New Zealand, it has until now been believed that one in ten suffer from hearing loss. However, that figure now seems closer to one in six New Zealanders.
01 March 2012
Study reveals: Four out of ten don't know what tinnitus is
A British survey shows that most people don't have a clue what tinnitus is. One in four even thinks it is an allergy to metal.
27 February 2012
Hearing health has a high priority - but hearing tests do not
Three out of four say that hearing health is an important concern, but many still do not take a hearing test, an American study has found.
22 February 2012
Noise affects the behaviour of animals
It is not only humans who are affected by noise. Human-induced noise can also affect animals and their natural behaviour.
16 February 2012
Protect your hearing with antioxidants
Those who have been exposed to sudden, excessive noises can reduce the risk of developing a hearing loss by taking the antioxidant acetylcysteine. This antioxidant can for example be found in our food.
13 February 2012
Four out of ten students experience problems with their sound environment during their education
These problems can be the result of poor acoustics, bad sound insulation and improper room-layout. This is shown by a Swedish study.
08 February 2012
Hearing loss is the 3rd most common health problem in the US.
Four out of five people in the US have hearing problems - or know someone who has.
02 February 2012
World congress for people with hearing loss
The congress, which will be held in June 2012, has the theme â€œA better quality of life for the hard of hearingâ€.
25 January 2012
Ryan Adams learned to live with his Tinnitus and Ménière's Disease
The American alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams is back after a year off to cope with Tinnitus and Ménière's Disease.
19 January 2012
Children wait for years to get help for their hearing loss
Ireland has problems with long waiting lists in audiology departments. That is why children do not get the help they need, and this can have serious consequences.
16 January 2012
Identifying hearing loss - but not at the GP
Australian GPs only play a minor role when it comes to identifying age-related hearing loss, a study shows.
11 January 2012
A hearing test does not always detect hearing loss
Some hearing loss can be difficult to detect with traditional methods. A more detailed hearing test can however identify problems; a research project has now shown.
05 January 2012
Seven out of ten women do not get their hearing checked at work
Only a few Swedish companies regularly test their employee's hearing. Often, it is at male-dominated work places such as industry.
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