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Tinnitus—sounds unpleasant

Tinnitus, you may have heard the word but say it out loud (tin-a-tus). Now imagine someone whispering that word ‘tinnitus’ at great speed over and over in your ear from the moment you wake up until the moment you fall asleep seven days a week. That is the experience of many tinnitus sufferers everyday of their lives. Some tinnitus sufferers describe the sounds they hear as a clicking, ringing, buzzing or whistling sound. And according to the 2011–2012 National Health [...]

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4 Ways hearing loss will affect you

The chances are that hearing loss will affect you or someone you love. But do you really know how this could change your life? Statistics Canada estimate that some 4.6 million Canadians aged 20 to 79 have significant hearing loss[1]. To put this in perspective, more than twice as many Canadians report having a hearing disability compared with those having a visual disability. Other reports have suggested that the true figure is considerably higher. In fact, a Canadian Hearing Society [...]

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Aviation Fuel—Fuel for Hearing Loss

It has long been common knowledge that working around aircraft jet engines can damage your hearing. But new research indicates that the danger is not just from exposure to noise alone. These recent findings not only throw new light on the ways that environmental hazards in the workplace can impact on your hearing but also redefine the very nature of hearing loss itself. Noise isn’t the only hearing hazard A number of studies have suggested there is a link between exposure to [...]

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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 [...]