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The World Health Organization (WHO) define hearing loss as the inability to hear sounds of 25 decibels or under in speech. This often leads to difficulties understanding conversations and hearing certain sounds. Hearing loss reportedly affects as many as 48 million U.S. individuals, or over 20 percent of the country’s adult population. Women seem to be at a significantly lower risk of hearing loss than
Loud noise can damage the inner ear and cause hearing loss. Studying mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Iowa have shown that a drug compound can block damage caused by loud noise, raising the possibility of medication that prevents noise-induced hearing loss. The study is published the week of Feb. 3
The young man, a military veteran, had a history of significant noise exposure and limited use of hearing protection. “He and his wife were at their wits’ end with his difficulty understanding speech in restaurants and at family parties—but his audiograms and ENT exams were consistently normal,” recalled Kaitlin Anderson, AuD, a clinical audiologist at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in
A recent study published by the American Journal of Industrial Medicine is the first to examine hearing loss prevalence by industry within the Oil and Gas Extraction sector and most Mining sector industries. Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that within these industries, 25 to 30 percent of workers, almost 1 in 3, had hearing loss.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Just like humans, dogs are sometimes born with impaired hearing or experience hearing loss as a result of disease, inflammation, aging or exposure to noise. Dog owners and K-9 handlers ought to keep this in mind when adopting or caring for dogs, and when bringing them into noisy environments, says Dr. Kari Foss, a veterinary neurologist and professor