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Understanding the Link Between Hearing Loss & Dementia

Hearing loss is a natural part of aging nobody likes to admit is happening. But happen it does – and ignoring it comes with a cost. It could put you at risk for another feared consequence of aging: dementia. “The greater your hearing loss, the more likely you are to develop dementia,” said Dr. Alexander Chern, […]

Researchers Delve Deeper Into Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

A growing number of people suffer from hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises from heavy machinery, concerts, or explosions. As a result, scientists have been working to understand the mechanism behind how this damage to hearing actually occurs. Now, a team led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) has published […]

New Study Shows SARS-CoV-2 Virus Could Impact Inner Ear

Many Covid-19 patients have reported symptoms affecting the ears, including hearing loss and tinnitus. Dizziness and balance problems can also occur, suggesting that the SARS-CoV-2 virus may be able to infect the inner ear. A new study from MIT and Massachusetts Eye and Ear provides evidence that the virus can indeed infect cells of the […]

Researchers Link Rare Genetic Hearing Loss to Infertility

A team of researchers has identified a common link between Perrault syndrome, a rare genetic condition resulting in hearing loss in men and women, and early menopause or infertility in women. The research led by the NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Manchester could revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment for people with Perrault syndrome. […]

Nearly Half of Workers Exposed to Dangerous Noise Levels

A new NIOSH study estimates that more than one-half of noise-exposed workers did not use hearing protection “always” or “usually” when exposed to hazardous occupational noise. A Hearing protection device (HPD) non-use was only measured in workers who reported exposure to noise on the job. The study was published online October 1, 2021 in the American Journal […]

Study Shows Link Between NIHL & High Blood Pressure

A recent study investigated the relationship between occupational noise-induced hearing loss and blood pressure. The authors conclude that chronic noise exposure increases the risk of hypertension. According to the new paper, globally, more than 600 million people have jobs that expose them to hazardous noise levels. This high number makes noise exposure one of the […]

Study Shows Antidepressants May Worsen Tinnitus

People with tinnitus may experience a worsening of the condition if they are being treated with selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a common class of antidepressants. This is the conclusion of a new study recently published in the journal Cell Reports. Tinnitus is the intermittent or constant sensation of hearing sounds when no such sounds are present. Although tinnitus is often […]

Sound and Silence Combo May Slow Permanent Hearing Loss

Their new study finds intermittent broadband sound played over an extended period of time preserved sensory cells in the ear, while also rewiring some of the central auditory system in the brain, helping preserve the ability to sense the timing of sounds. “By showing that the detection of sound is being preserved in the brain, we’re saying […]

Study Shows New Genetic Cause of Hearing Loss

A gene called GAS2 plays a key role in normal hearing, and its absence causes severe hearing loss, according to a study led by researchers in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. The researchers, whose findings are published online in Developmental Cell, discovered that the protein encoded by GAS2 is crucial for maintaining the structural stiffness of support cells in the inner […]

Study Shows Link Between Hearing Loss, Tinnitus and COVID-19

Some viruses, such as measles, mumps and meningitis, can cause hearing difficulties, but what about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? In the first few months of the pandemic, a rapid systematic review of COVID-19 and hearing difficulties revealed a possible link between COVID-19 and audio-vestibular symptoms (hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo). However, both the quantity and quality […]