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December 22, 2014

Hearing aids help children with mild hearing loss

Even children suffering from a mild hearing loss can improve their speech and language skills by wearing hearing aids, a study shows. Read more

December 15, 2014

Poor hearing, poor health for Swedes

Compared to those with normal hearing, twice as many of those with hearing loss experience poor health and early retirement. Read more

December 08, 2014

A step closer to silencing tinnitus

Tinnitus may be eliminated by blocking the signals between the ear and the brain, an Australian study suggests. Read more

December 02, 2014

Sleeping machines can damage the hearing of infants

Sleeping machines may help babies sleep more soundly, but they may also damage the hearing of the infant, a group of researchers warns. Read more

November 25, 2014

Vitamin supplement slows hearing loss after antibiotics

A vitamin supplement may provide protection against hearing loss that sometimes occurs after antibiotic treatment, a study suggests. Read more

November 19, 2014

More and more Swedes use hearing aids

More Swedes than ever use hearing aids. But still only one in three with hearing loss uses a hearing aid. Read more

November 14, 2014

Short term work noise, permanent damage

Metal workers in Denmark identify noise as one of the major problems related to their work. Just few years of working in a noisy environment can reduce your hearing, the Danish Industry Association assess. Read more

November 10, 2014

Bilateral cochlear implants give the best language development

Children with bilateral cochlear implants are found to have better language and vocabulary skills than children with unilateral cochlear implants, a study shows. Read more

November 03, 2014

4-6 cups of coffee per day may reduce tinnitus

American study finds a connection between intake of caffeine and the rate of tinnitus. Read more

October 27, 2014

Parkinson’s disease may also result in hearing loss

Hearing loss has been found to be almost twice as likely to affect elderly people with Parkinson’s disease. Read more

October 20, 2014

High rate of hearing loss among professional musicians

Professional musicians are almost four times more likely to develop noise induced hearing loss than the general public, a study suggests. Read more

October 13, 2014

17% of all Swedes now have a hearing loss

In the last 25 years, the proportion of people with hearing loss in Sweden has increased by 50%. Read more

October 10, 2014

Hearing loss and noise in the workplace can be a dangerous cocktail

A study has found an increased risk of workplace injuries among people with hearing loss who work in extremely noisy environments. Read more

October 06, 2014

Kiss star was born with hearing condition

The front man in the rock band Kiss has never been able to hear well but it has not stopped his musical career.
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September 29, 2014

Parental survey shows barriers for children with hearing loss and families

A study shows how children with hearing loss and their families face barriers when receiving the services and care they need. Read more

September 23, 2014

Noise-induced hearing loss mechanism discovered

A research group in the United States has uncovered the secret of how noise exposure damages our inner ears. Read more

September 18, 2014

Wireless connectivity will turn hearing aids into multipurpose devices

A new global Bluetooth standard will connect hearing aids with a variety of mobile devices. Read more

September 17, 2014

Nearly £25 billion were lost in the UK in 2013 due to hearing loss

The social costs of hearing loss in the UK will increase by 56% to around £39 billion in 2031 due to unemployment, a report shows. The commission on hearing loss in the UK used and confirmed the method used by hear-it AISBL in its European report from 2006. Read more

September 15, 2014

Insufficient newborn hearing screening in Canadian provinces

The majority of provinces and territories in Canada lack adequate programs to screen newborn babies for hearing loss and monitor children for potential hearing issues, a study shows. Read more

September 10, 2014

Loud sound exposure can affect auditory signals

Being exposed to loud sounds can affect how the auditory signals in your brain are transmitted, increasing the risk of hearing loss. Read more

September 03, 2014

Staying in darkness could improve hearing

Research suggests that when we can’t see, our hearing improves. Read more

August 28, 2014

Hearing loss may lead to depression

Hearing loss is associated with depression, especially among women and people under the age of 70, a study has found. Read more

August 22, 2014

One-in-five in Cyprus show signs of hearing loss

A survey shows that up to 20.6 % of the population of Cyprus exhibit signs of hearing loss. Read more

August 18, 2014

Smoking during pregnancy tied to hearing loss in teens

Children exposed to second hand smoke in the womb may be at a higher risk of hearing loss, a study says. Read more

August 11, 2014

Medical instructions fall on deaf ears

More than one-in-five seniors experience difficulties when visiting their family doctor due to their hearing loss, an Australian study shows. Read more

August 04, 2014

Costa Rican bats use natural hearing aids

Leaves rolled-up as ‘ear trumpets’ used by bats to amplify sound, a study shows. Read more

July 29, 2014

Genetic mutation tied to hearing loss in early-twenties

A genetic mutation has been discovered to cause the destruction of inner ear hearing cells and lead to hearing loss for people in their early twenties. Read more

July 22, 2014

New Zealanders go deaf for a day on August 1st

Corporate and community leaders in New Zealand have been challenged to experience being deaf for one day, to raise awareness of the importance of noise-induced hearing loss prevention. Read more

July 14, 2014

Specific gene may preserve hearing

A gene preserving hearing in mice may be extended to humans in the future, according to a study. Read more

July 09, 2014

Chickens possess the ability to restore their hearing

Chickens have been discovered to have the ability to restore their hearing after experiencing hearing loss. Read more

July 07, 2014

Are you sensitive to sounds?

If you are sensitive to sounds, you can help to increase the understanding of sound sensitivity conditions by participating in an anonymous online survey. Read more

July 04, 2014

Two years of workplace noise enough to damage your hearing

Two years’ exposure to noise in the workplace can lead to clear signs of hearing loss among workers, an Iranian study shows. Read more

June 30, 2014

Fireworks can lead to hearing loss

If you are planning to celebrate the 4th of July in the U.S. by shooting off fireworks or perhaps watching a fireworks display on the 14th of July in France, be aware of your hearing! Read more

June 24, 2014

Nearly 30 Million Brazilians suffer from hearing problems

Hearing problems like tinnitus and deafness will only increase in Brazil, according to studies. Read more

June 20, 2014

Type 2 diabetics more inclined to hearing loss

Moderate hearing loss is more common in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study. Read more

June 11, 2014

Young people in Singapore risk noised-induced hearing loss

One in six students in Singapore risk noise-induced hearing loss because of their music habits, a study shows. Read more

June 03, 2014

Hearing loss can affect the personality of seniors

Hearing loss has been discovered to have a deep impact on the personality and social life of the elderly, a Swedish study reveals. Read more

May 28, 2014

Mobile app used to monitor Ménière's Disease

A mobile app helps researchers to achieve a better understanding of Ménière's disease. Read more

May 23, 2014

Hand dryers can blow away your hearing

Extreme noise levels from hand dryers may lead to hearing loss, research shows. Read more

May 19, 2014

Undergraduate students with hearing loss face five major barriers during their education

American undergraduate students suffering from hearing loss or deafness are faced with major barriers while trying to take an education, a study shows. Read more

May 13, 2014

French horn players blowing their hearing away

Only 18% of musicians use ear protection during musical performances, an Australian study shows. Read more

May 05, 2014

Many countries lack programmes to prevent and treat hearing loss

Only 32 of the 76 countries participating in a worldwide survey have plans and programmes to prevent and control ear diseases and hearing loss, a study says. Read more

April 29, 2014

Healthy food, healthy hearing?

Calorie restriction may benefit hearing, according to a Swedish study. Read more

April 22, 2014

Loud music damages the nerves in the brain

Loud music on headphones has the same effect on nerves as multiple sclerosis and causes hearing loss. Read more

April 04, 2014

Guitarist Paul Langlois diagnosed with sudden hearing loss

Paul Langlois of the Canadian band The Tragically Hip lost all hearing in his right ear. Read more

March 31, 2014

Reduced hearing, reduced work rate

A larger study, carried out among employed Danes with hearing loss, shows that hearing loss in the workplace can lead to a greater physical and psychological burden when hearing aids are not used. Read more

March 26, 2014

Parents rarely talk to their teens about hearing loss

Teenagers run the risk of serious long-term hearing problems caused by excessively loud music or other loud noises. But parents are not aware of the risks and seldom talk to their kids about it, according to an American study. Read more

March 19, 2014

Gender a factor in the side effects of tinnitus

Women may be more inclined to effects of tinnitus, according to study. Read more

March 12, 2014

Untreated hearing loss makes the brain shrink

Researchers have found that hearing loss accelerates the loss of brain tissue in older adults. The study gives urgency to treating hearing loss rather than ignoring it, the researchers say. Read more

March 11, 2014

New Bluetooth technology for hearing aids on the way

An agreement between hearing aid manufacturers and Bluetooth Special Interest Group means that in the future, Bluetooth technology can send sound signals directly to hearing aids. Read more

March 04, 2014

Noise also makes fruit flies lose their hearing

Fruit flies are ideal to study human hearing, even though they “listen” with an antenna. Read more

March 03, 2014

Hearing care - a sound investment

On the International Ear Care day March 3rd three international organisations are calling on the EU Commission to say what policies and initiatives are in place at EU level to support systematic screening of hearing loss as part of medical check-ups in adults 55+ in the Member States. Read more

February 26, 2014

More than 1% of all Norwegians are members of the country's association for people with hearing loss.

Millions would be members of other countries' associations for people with hearing loss, if just 1% of the population were members of the association. Read more

February 20, 2014

More than 66,000 new cases of SSNHL in the US each year

SSNHL (sudden sensorineural hearing loss) is more common among men and the elderly. Read more

February 17, 2014

Why do young people listen to loud music?

Young people get joy and energy from listening to loud music, a survey shows. Read more

February 07, 2014

The problem with the ”cocktail party effect” may be solved

Researchers have constructed an algorithm that may solve the problem of the ”cocktail party effect” for people with hearing loss. Read more

February 03, 2014

Hearing loss may also be associated with obesity in women

Researchers have discovered that women with a higher body mass index (BMI) and a larger waist circumference are more likely to suffer from a higher risk of hearing loss. Read more

January 29, 2014

Mechanism of inherited hearing loss uncovered

A better understanding of the inner ear may aid future treatment Read more

January 23, 2014

Young adults should prepare for hearing loss

One in four 18-44-year-olds using headphones reports hearing problems, a study shows. Read more

January 20, 2014

$1Million in hearing aids stolen

Fired worker accused of stealing from factory with accomplice. Read more

January 15, 2014

Noise-Induced hearing loss may be reversible

Regenerating lost hair and nerve cells in the ear may reduce noise-induced hearing loss if treatment starts immediately, according to researchers. Read more

January 10, 2014

Gerbils provide critical insight into how the ear processes sound

The ear may have a built-in power amplifier, a study suggests. Read more

January 06, 2014

Fighting fires and hearing loss

Urgent need for hearing prevention programs, according to an American study. Read more