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Hearing loss, impairment or deafness may be of two major types: one that develops some time in life, one that a baby is born with – or congenital deafness. Most commonly, hearing loss is seen with age or is caused by exposure to loud noises.
Component in red wine and grapes can suppress inflammation linked to airway disease

Component in red wine and grapes can suppress inflammation linked to airway disease

A component of red wine and grapes can help control inflammation induced by a bacterial pathogen that is linked to upper respiratory tract inflammatory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and middle ear infection (otitis media), according to a study by researchers at Georgia State University. [More]
Study suggests babies born to women with hearing loss more likely to be premature and have low birth weight

Study suggests babies born to women with hearing loss more likely to be premature and have low birth weight

Hearing loss is a marginalizing and disabling condition, resulting in various adverse social and health outcomes. Babies born to women with hearing loss were significantly more likely to be premature and have low birth weight, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. [More]
Noise levels in nightclubs may induce hearing loss

Noise levels in nightclubs may induce hearing loss

A new study raises concerns about the noise level in nightclubs. Researchers in Southern California have found that the average continuous level of noise in some nightclubs is at least 91.2 dBA (A-weighted decibels). [More]
UTSW surgeons remove acoustic neuromas through small incisions in the ear canals

UTSW surgeons remove acoustic neuromas through small incisions in the ear canals

A surgical team at UT Southwestern Medical Center is helping to pioneer a new minimally invasive procedure that extracts vertigo-inducing tumors from the inner ear without having to remove a large piece of skull, as is usually required. [More]
Single-dose of anibiotic gel could provide easy and safe treatment for common childhood illness

Single-dose of anibiotic gel could provide easy and safe treatment for common childhood illness

A single-application bioengineered gel, squirted in the ear canal, could deliver a full course of antibiotic therapy for middle ear infections, making treatment of this common childhood illness much easier and potentially safer, finds a preclinical study led by Boston Children's Hospital in collaboration with investigators at Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. [More]
Montreal-based researchers get closer to achieving healthy longevity

Montreal-based researchers get closer to achieving healthy longevity

Hearing loss, brittle bones, sagging skin, a deteriorating mind: these are just some of the issues associated with growing old. [More]
Study evaluates long-term safety of infants after maternal MRI exposure

Study evaluates long-term safety of infants after maternal MRI exposure

In an analysis that included more than 1.4 million births, exposure to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during the first trimester of pregnancy compared with nonexposure was not associated with increased risk of harm to the fetus or in early childhood, although gadolinium MRI at any time during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of a broad set of rheumatological, inflammatory, or skin conditions and, possibly, for stillbirth or neonatal death, according to a study appearing in the September 6 issue of JAMA. [More]
Novel drug delivery system may offer new hope for patients with rare fatal genetic disorder

Novel drug delivery system may offer new hope for patients with rare fatal genetic disorder

Researchers at Oregon State University and other institutions have discovered a type of drug delivery system that may offer new hope for patients with a rare, ultimately fatal genetic disorder - and make what might become a terrible choice a little easier. [More]
New findings into the biology of progressive hearing loss

New findings into the biology of progressive hearing loss

New research with funding from UK charity Action on Hearing Loss has led to the discovery of a new biological mechanism involved in the progressive loss of hearing which could lead to new approaches to treating this common form of hearing loss. [More]
Researchers discover gene linked to age-related hearing loss

Researchers discover gene linked to age-related hearing loss

A large screening programme has identified several genes associated with age-related conditions including hearing loss, retinal degeneration and osteoarthritis. [More]
Researchers discover new biological mechanism involved in progressive hearing loss

Researchers discover new biological mechanism involved in progressive hearing loss

New research with funding from UK charity Action on Hearing Loss has led to the discovery of a new biological mechanism involved in the progressive loss of hearing which could lead to new approaches to treating this common form of hearing loss. [More]
Researchers pinpoint specific part of the brain that steps in to adapt for hearing loss in elders

Researchers pinpoint specific part of the brain that steps in to adapt for hearing loss in elders

Researchers have pinpointed the specific part of the brain that older adults rely on to differentiate speech sounds in background noise, which could revolutionize the treatment of hearing loss. [More]
Action on Hearing Loss supports launch of Accessible Information Standard for people with hearing deficits

Action on Hearing Loss supports launch of Accessible Information Standard for people with hearing deficits

Charity Action on Hearing Loss is welcoming the launch of the Accessible Information Standard, which comes into full force today (August 1). [More]
Innovative program shows promise in helping deaf, hard-of-hearing children gain literacy skills

Innovative program shows promise in helping deaf, hard-of-hearing children gain literacy skills

Those can be some of the most powerful words in the development of any child's ability to read and write. [More]
Action on Hearing Loss welcomes new NHS guidance for services for adults with hearing deficits

Action on Hearing Loss welcomes new NHS guidance for services for adults with hearing deficits

The UK’s largest hearing loss charity Action on Hearing Loss has welcomed the launch of new NHS guidance for services for adults with hearing loss. [More]
Research underscores need to improve mental health screening for adolescent cancer survivors

Research underscores need to improve mental health screening for adolescent cancer survivors

Most adolescent survivors of childhood cancer have no reported psychological symptoms, but an analysis led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital found that those who do often have multiple symptoms and distinct symptom profiles. [More]
Study finds high prevalence of tinnitus among adolescents

Study finds high prevalence of tinnitus among adolescents

Teenagers are increasingly experiencing tinnitus, often a symptom of hearing loss, as a result of using ear buds to listen to music for long periods every day, as well as frequenting very noisy places like nightclubs, discos and rock concerts, according to a study performed in Brazil. [More]

Action on Hearing Loss urges people with hearing deficits to inform GP about communication needs

The UK’s largest hearing loss charity Action on Hearing Loss is urging the 9million people in England who are deaf or have hearing loss to tell their GP what support they need to help them communicate [More]
New book provides more insight into diagnosis and research of hereditary hearing loss

New book provides more insight into diagnosis and research of hereditary hearing loss

Genetics of Deafness offers a journey through areas crucial for understanding the causes and effects of hearing loss. [More]
New method could help detect unconjugated bilirubin in newborn infants

New method could help detect unconjugated bilirubin in newborn infants

A research group led by Project Professor Morioka Ichiro and Assistant Professor Iwatani Sota in collaboration with Doctor Miyawaki Atsushi have clinically proven that a fluorescent protein sourced from Japanese eel muscles can be used to accurately detect unconjugated bilirubin in newborns. [More]
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