Category Archives: Audiology

Sensory Loss Affects 94 Percent of Older Adults






Newswise — The first study to measure the full spectrum of age-related damage to all five senses found that 94 percent of older adults in the United States have at least one sensory deficit, 38 percent have two, and 28 … Continue reading






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Hearing aids may slow mental decline in hard-of-hearing elderly






(Reuters Health) - Seniors with hearing loss who use hearing aids may experience cognitive decline at a rate more like their peers without hearing trouble, according to a French study that followed thousands of seniors for 25 years. Past research … Continue reading






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Older adults with hearing impairment may have a higher risk of dying






(Reuters Health) - Older adults with hearing impairment may have a higher risk of dying than people with normal hearing, a recent study suggests. The reasons for the connection are not clear, researchers say, but the results point to hearing … Continue reading






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Silently Suffering From Hearing Loss Negatively Affects Quality of Life






TORONTO – Hearing loss in adults is under treated despite evidence that hearing aid technology can significantly lessen depression and anxiety and improve cognitive functioning, according to a presentation at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention. “Many hard of … Continue reading






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Healthy eating tied to better hearing: University of Florida






Although the old wives’ tale about carrots being good for your eyesight has been debunked, University of Florida researchers have found a link between healthy eating and another of your five senses: hearing. UF Health researcher Christopher Spankovich examined the … Continue reading






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Higher rate of sudden deafness among people with bone disease






Newswise — Washington, DC—People who have osteoporosis face a 1.76-fold higher risk of developing sudden deafness than those who do not have the bone disease, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & … Continue reading






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Hearing aids may improve balance






Enhancing hearing appears to improve balance in older adults with hearing loss, according to new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Patients with hearing aids in both ears performed better on standard balance tests when their … Continue reading






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Noise-induced hearing loss successfully prevented by vitamin supplement in animal model






Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Gladstone Institutes have found a way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss in a mouse using a simple chemical compound that is a precursor to vitamin B3. This discovery has important implications not … Continue reading






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How movement affects hearing






DURHAM, N.C. — When we want to listen carefully to someone, the first thing we do is stop talking. The second thing we do is stop moving altogether. This strategy helps us hear better by preventing unwanted sounds generated by … Continue reading






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Prolonged exposure to loud noise alters how the brain processes speech






Prolonged exposure to loud noise alters how the brain processes speech, potentially increasing the difficulty in distinguishing speech sounds, according to neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Dallas. In a paper published this week in Ear and Hearing, researchers … Continue reading






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Crabs can hear: Northeastern University researchers






In new research published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Northeastern University professor Randall Hughes and her team at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Mass. are the first to show that sound plays at least as … Continue reading






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Sleep apnea tied to hearing loss in large study






ATS 2014, SAN DIEGO ─Both high and low frequency hearing impairment have been linked with sleep apnea in a new study of nearly 14,000 individuals. “In our population-based study of 13,967 subjects from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, … Continue reading






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Especially for women, hearing loss linked to depression






(Reuters Health) - Hearing-impaired adults are more likely to be depressed than those with excellent hearing - and than those who are fully deaf -according to a large U.S. survey. Higher rates of depression were most common among women and … Continue reading






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Antioxidants and magnesium are associated with lower risks of hearing loss






Antioxidant vitamins and magnesium and the risk of hearing loss in the US general population 1,2,3,4 Yoon-Hyeong Choi, Josef M Miller, Katherine L Tucker, Howard Hu, and Sung Kyun Park First published November 6, 2013, doi: 10.3945/​ajcn.113.068437 Am J Clin … Continue reading






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Inherited hearing loss: new info






Montréal – A team of researchers led by Dr. Michel Cayouette at the IRCM made an important discovery, published online October 14 by the scientific journal Developmental Cell, that could better explain some inherited forms of hearing loss in humans. … Continue reading






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Short-term hearing loss during childhood can cause “lazy ear”






Newswise — Short-term hearing loss during childhood may lead to persistent hearing deficits, long after basic auditory sensitivity has returned to normal. The processing of sound in the brain is shaped by early experience. New research from Massachusetts Eye and … Continue reading






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Obesity associated with hearing loss in adolescents






NEW YORK (June 17, 2013)—Obese adolescents are more likely than their normal-weight counterparts to have hearing loss, according to results of a new study. Findings showed that obese adolescents had increased hearing loss across all frequencies and were almost twice … Continue reading






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Concert short-term hearing loss protective, not damaging






Contrary to conventional wisdom, short-term hearing loss after sustained exposure to loud noise does not reflect damage to our hearing: instead, it is the body’s way to cope. The landmark finding could lead to improved protection against noise-induced hearing loss … Continue reading






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Hearing loss and musicians






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Hearing loss accelerates brain function decline in older adults






Older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than older adults whose hearing is normal, according to a new study by hearing experts at Johns Hopkins. In the study, volunteers with hearing loss, undergoing … Continue reading






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Newborn hearing screen apparently has serious flaws, as many deaf children have passed






Children With Sensorineural Hearing Loss After Passing the Newborn Hearing Screen Kavita Dedhia, MD; Dennis Kitsko, DO; Diane Sabo, PhD; David H. Chi, MD JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;():1-5. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.1229. ABSTRACT Objectives To identify and describe the findings of … Continue reading






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How our sense of touch is a lot like the way we hear






Vibrations in the skin convey information to the brain much the same way as the auditory system When you walk into a darkened room, your first instinct is to feel around for a light switch. You slide your hand along … Continue reading






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Diabetics have higher hearing loss risk






Diabetes and Risk of Hearing Impairment in Adults: A Meta-Analysis Chika Horikawa, Satoru Kodama, Shiro Tanaka, Kazuya Fujihara, Reiko Hirasawa, Yoko Yachi, Hitoshi Shimano, Nobuhiro Yamada, Kazumi Saito and Hirohito Sone - Author Affiliations Department of Hematology, Endocrinology, and Metabolism … Continue reading






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Recurrent ear infection prevention: a new study






Eliminating bacteria’s DNA and boosting antimicrobial proteins that already exist may help prevent middle ear infections from reoccurring. These are the findings from a Nationwide Children’s Hospital study that examined how an immune defense protein common in the middle ear … Continue reading






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Diabetic patients have higher prevalence of hearing impairment






Patients with diabetes have a significantly higher prevalence of hearing impairment than patients without diabetes, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). Study authors note that the finding … Continue reading






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