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22 December 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.
14 December 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.
11 December 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.
08 December 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.
30 November 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.
24 November 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.
18 November 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.
09 November 2015
Playing an instrument improves hearing
If you have a hearing loss and play an instrument, you may be able to hear better.
03 November 2015
More and more people are using hearing aids
The proportion of hearing-impaired Europeans who use hearing aids is rising.
29 October 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.
27 October 2015
Eat fish and hear better
A Swedish study shows that those who eat a lot of fish have better hearing.
19 October 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.
13 October 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.
06 October 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.
28 September 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.
21 September 2015
Thyroid imbalance may lead to hearing loss
Imbalances in the thyroid gland could be the cause of a hearing loss, a study shows.
15 September 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.
09 September 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.
03 September 2015
Childhood infections can cause hearing loss later in life
Common childhood infections can be linked to hearing loss, a UK study shows.
31 August 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.
24 August 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.
17 August 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.
03 August 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.
29 July 2015
When was the last time you had a hearing test?
Maybe it is time for a hearing test.
27 July 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.
21 July 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.
15 July 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.
07 July 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.
29 June 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.
24 June 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.
17 June 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.
09 June 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.
02 June 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.
28 May 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.
18 May 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.
11 May 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.
04 May 2015
HIV can cause hearing loss
Study finds a higher frequency of hearing loss among people with HIV.
28 April 2015
Two cochlear implants are best
Children with two cochlear implants display higher scores in language development than children with just one.
23 April 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.
17 April 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.
13 April 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.
07 April 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.
30 March 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.
23 March 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.
17 March 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.
09 March 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.
03 March 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.
25 February 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.
17 February 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.
10 February 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.
03 February 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.
30 January 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.
26 January 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.
19 January 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.
12 January 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.
07 January 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.
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