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What is Hidden Hearing Loss?

It can be frustrating for people who struggle to hear everyday sounds and conversations to undergo a hearing test and have it come back normal. They know something isn’t quite right with how they hear yet standard audiological testing doesn’t reveal that. This situation could indicate a problem known as hidden hearing loss.  Although it […]

Hearing Loss Linked to Gene Mutations

Mutations in the TGFBR1 gene, the underlying cause of some cases of vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (vEDS), may lead to hearing loss by preventing the formation of key sensory cells in the inner ear during development, a study in mice has found. The research also provided key insights into the factors driving the formation of these sensory cells, which may […]

Research Examines Impacts of Auditory Processing Disorder

The recommended practices for diagnosis and intervention for central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) are dynamic, undergoing review and refinement as new research emerges.1 These recommended practices have been developed by consensus groups within the American Academy of Audiology (AAA)2 and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),3 with careful consideration of the merits of various positions surrounding points of disagreement. […]

How Does Hearing Loss Impact the Brain?

Daniela Beckmann, Mirko Feldmann, Olena Shchyglo and Professor Denise Manahan-Vaughan from the Department of Neurophysiology of the Medical Faculty worked together for the study. When sensory perception fades The researchers studied the brain of mice that exhibit hereditary hearing loss, similar to age related hearing loss in humans. The scientists analysed the density of neurotransmitter […]

Hormone Replacement Could Increase Hearing Loss Risk

The World Health Organization (WHO) define hearing loss as the inability to hear sounds of 25 decibels or under in speech. This often leads to difficulties understanding conversations and hearing certain sounds. Hearing loss reportedly affects as many as 48 million U.S. individuals, or over 20 percent of the country’s adult population. Women seem to be at a significantly lower […]

Study Examines Drug that Blocks Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Loud noise can damage the inner ear and cause hearing loss. Studying mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Iowa have shown that a drug compound can block damage caused by loud noise, raising the possibility of medication that prevents noise-induced hearing loss. The study is published […]

New Data Helps Uncover Issues Present with Hearing Loss

The young man, a military veteran, had a history of significant noise exposure and limited use of hearing protection. “He and his wife were at their wits’ end with his difficulty understanding speech in restaurants and at family parties—but his audiograms and ENT exams were consistently normal,” recalled Kaitlin Anderson, AuD, a clinical audiologist at […]

Study Shows Occupational Hearing Hazards Preventable with Protection

A recent study published by the American Journal of Industrial Medicine is the first to examine hearing loss prevalence by industry within the Oil and Gas Extraction sector and most Mining sector industries. Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that within these industries, 25 to 30 percent of workers, almost 1 in 3, […]

Research Examines Impacts of Age-Related Hearing Loss on Brain Scans

Interest is growing in the association of hearing loss with other health conditions, especially cognitive disorders such as dementia. In addition, health care providers, in general, are being asked to routinely screen patients for common problems associated with aging, including cognitive impairment. But can hearing loss invalidate these measures? If the measures that are used […]

Research Shows Dogs Can Develop Hearing Loss

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Just like humans, dogs are sometimes born with impaired hearing or experience hearing loss as a result of disease, inflammation, aging or exposure to noise. Dog owners and K-9 handlers ought to keep this in mind when adopting or caring for dogs, and when bringing them into noisy environments, says Dr. Kari Foss, […]