Hearing Loss

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.
What is hearing loss?

More than 10 million people in the United Kingdom have some form of hearing loss. Of these about 688,000 are severely or profoundly deaf.

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Large-scale analysis of Alport syndrome reveals the effectiveness of existing treatments

Large-scale analysis of Alport syndrome reveals the effectiveness of existing treatments

Online 'boosters' may provide a pathway for hearing protection behaviors among farm youths

Online 'boosters' may provide a pathway for hearing protection behaviors among farm youths

40% of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed by modifying 12 risk factors

40% of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed by modifying 12 risk factors

Childhood cancer survivors with hearing loss at increased risk for neurocognitive deficits

Childhood cancer survivors with hearing loss at increased risk for neurocognitive deficits

Technology divide between senior ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ roils pandemic response

Technology divide between senior ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ roils pandemic response

Study identifies common characteristics of pediatric vestibular schwannomas

Study identifies common characteristics of pediatric vestibular schwannomas

Optical cochlear implant based on LED lights can safely restore hearing in deaf rats

Optical cochlear implant based on LED lights can safely restore hearing in deaf rats

Age-related hearing loss mainly caused by damage to hair cells, study shows

Age-related hearing loss mainly caused by damage to hair cells, study shows

Premature babies are exposed to high noise levels in the incubator, shows study

Premature babies are exposed to high noise levels in the incubator, shows study

Blood vessels communicate with sensory neurons to regulate their proliferation

Blood vessels communicate with sensory neurons to regulate their proliferation

NEOMED researcher receives federal grant to produce first human tinnitus treatment

NEOMED researcher receives federal grant to produce first human tinnitus treatment

Age-related hearing loss can negatively affect cognitive test outcomes

Age-related hearing loss can negatively affect cognitive test outcomes

Dual sensory impairment in older adults linked to higher risk for dementia

Dual sensory impairment in older adults linked to higher risk for dementia

Scientists find a simpler approach to generate sensory cells of the inner ear

Scientists find a simpler approach to generate sensory cells of the inner ear

New nanoparticle drug combination can help treat atherosclerosis

New nanoparticle drug combination can help treat atherosclerosis

Children with developmental disabilities at greater risk of developing asthma

Children with developmental disabilities at greater risk of developing asthma

Creating hair-bearing human skin becomes a reality

Creating hair-bearing human skin becomes a reality

Researchers treat TMC1-related deafness with gene therapy

Researchers treat TMC1-related deafness with gene therapy

New technique opens the door to treating genetic forms of hearing loss

New technique opens the door to treating genetic forms of hearing loss

Gene discovery in fruit flies could lead to treatments for age-related hearing loss

Gene discovery in fruit flies could lead to treatments for age-related hearing loss