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Hearing aids improve memory and speech

Isn’t it a strange irony that humans sometimes resist doing those very things that will prove to be of benefit? Whether it’s a matter of changing the diet, exercising more, wearing reading glasses or a hearing aid, how often do old habits, pride, laziness or fear get in the way? Indeed, the latest research[1] shows that wearing a hearing aid has cognitive benefits beyond the simple reward of being able to hear more easily. Unfortunately, many people who need hearing [...]

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Hearing Loss & Musicians

When Rod Stewart sang those famous lines: “Can you hear me, can you hear me through the dark night far away?” he may well have been referring to a common problem for musicians: deafness. The recent news that AC/DC singer Brian Johnson cancelled a tour because he was at risk of complete deafness thanks to years of exposure to loud music is hardly surprising. Hearing loss among musicians isn’t a new phenomenon; remember the famous example of the great classical composer [...]

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Workers Compensation

Is your workplace damaging your hearing?

We all know that going to work can sometimes be a figurative pain in the neck but in many industries there is a real risk of harm: permanent and painful hearing loss. Occupational hearing loss or occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) has been considered a serious issue for many years now. In fact, it has been estimated that some 30 million people in America alone are exposed to hazardous noise levels in the workplace each year and that one [...]

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Protein Discovery May Lead to Hearing Recovery

Hearing loss has been one of those invisible and mostly insoluble afflictions that cause stress and suffering for many. However, now scientists are drawing closer to finding the cause of many congenital forms of deafness and in the process are uncovering possible solutions and cures. The last two years in particular have witnessed some very exciting new developments in the world of gene research. And the good news for the hard of hearing is that there may be light (and [...]

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3D Printers—a New Era for New Ears

The external ear plays an important role in the way sound is captured and channelled into the inner ear. We all demonstrate this instinctively when we attempt to accentuate those properties by cupping our hands to our ears to hear better. But those who have been born without ears or who have lost an ear through accident know only too painfully the additional aesthetic value of normal looking ears. A four-year old boy, Kai Sherwood is one of the 1-4 children [...]

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ABR—a hearing test for those who can’t speak for themselves

The hearing health and general wellbeing of your newborn baby is really important to you. An enormous amount of information is being gathered and processed by your little one and much of that input comes through hearing. The ability to identify hearing loss in young children can play a crucial role in enabling a child to develop a balanced outlook, good social skills, and a healthy self-esteem.   The American Joint Committee on Infant Hearing Loss identified the first six months [...]

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Tinnitus and Phantom Pain—the Links are Clear

Some fifteen percent of Americans suffer from tinnitus—those persistent and irritating noises in the ears. The number of in-depth studies dedicated to uncovering the mysterious origins of tinnitus has escalated during the last ten years in response to this increasingly common and potentially debilitating condition. Interestingly, past research has drawn attention to the similarities between tinnitus and the phantom pain that many amputees experience after the loss of a limb. However, the mechanisms responsible for the ongoing pain, or [...]

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Nine Tactics for Easier Conversation with the Hearing Impaired

The ability to communicate with others is vital to our happiness and well-being as social animals. The fact that you have lost some or all of your hearing ability does not lessen your need for social communication. Indeed, it is crucial to maintain your relationships if you want to avoid those dispiriting feelings of isolation and loneliness. Fortunately, once you accept your hearing difficulties you can start to find ways to overcome the challenges. Previously, we explored some ways that [...]

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Pure Tone Audiometry

Six Steps to Make Life Easier with Hearing loss

In the article, ‘Coming to Terms with Hearing Loss’, we talked about dealing with grief and regret on your journey. One of the important stages that we all come to in the grieving process is that of acceptance. It is only when you truly acknowledge to yourself that you have a problem and that your hearing loss is creating difficulties for your loved ones as well, that you can begin to find some solutions. Stubbornly ignoring the fact that [...]

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Hearing loss and the grieving process

For many of us, the ability to hear the sounds around us is an integral part of our lives. Unfortunately, our modern, increasingly noisy world has seen a rapidly rising incidence of hearing loss across all age groups. The Hearing Health Foundation cites the following statistics: • The number of Americans with hearing loss doubled between the years of 2000 and 2015—around 50 million Americans now suffer from hearing loss • Globally the increase is around 44% for the same period—around [...]