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Disabling hearing loss in the USA costs around $133 billion each year. This is around $9,100 per person with an untreated disabling hearing loss. 7% of all adults live with a disabling hearing loss. More than two out of three are not treated for their disabling hearing loss. The costs are related to lower quality of life and higher unemployment

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Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified four types of neurons in the peripheral auditory system, three of which are new to science. The analysis of these cells can lead to new therapies for various kinds of hearing disorders, such as tinnitus and age-related hearing loss. The study is published in  Nature Communications . When sound reaches the inner

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Nearly 50% of people aged 12-35 years – or 1.1 billion young people – are at risk of hearing loss due to prolonged and excessive exposure to loud sounds, including music they listen to through personal audio devices. Ahead of World Hearing Day (3 March), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have issued a new

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An Ohio State professor has made strides in hearing aid research in an effort to solve a difficult auditory occurrence called “the cocktail party problem.” The cocktail party problem occurs when too many things are happening in a room simultaneously, and the hearing aid can’t pinpoint individual sounds. “The mechanisms for hearing loss are a lot more complicated compared to

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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease, which affects nearly 70 million adults in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This adds up to one in three adults! In addition to people with hypertension, the CDC states that one in three adults is living with elevated blood

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Hearing loss among seniors is not always recognized and treated, but if it were it might help head off late-life depression, a new report suggests. Older people who suffer from hearing loss have a high risk for depression, and the greater the hearing loss, the greater the risk, researchers have found. "Most people over age 70 have at least mild

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Hearing loss is a condition that greatly affects a person’s quality of life. It can happen suddenly, but it can also happen gradually, as the small hairs in your ear get damaged over time. Your ears and balance The ear is a vital organ — not only does it process sound waves, but it also serves an important purpose in the vestibular

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Blood levels of a special protein found only in the inner ear spike after exposure to loud noise, UConn Health researchers report. The findings point the way to blood tests that could warn people at risk of hearing loss before they suffer serious damage. Hearing loss can sneak up on people, slowly muffling the world, but only noticeable once the

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Sixteen toys out of 24 tested by Sight & Hearing Association (SHA) for their 21st Annual Noisy Toys List tested louder than 85 dB, which is the level set by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) for mandatory hearing protection. What is most alarming is that the top two toys this year are intended for infants under

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A new study links hearing loss with an increased risk for mortality before the age of 75 due to cardiovascular disease. Researchers at the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health found that mortality among those with hearing loss is elevated, particularly among men and women younger than age 75 and those who

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