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Although hearing loss is a very common sensory loss — affecting one-third of all American adults between the ages of 65 and 74 and nearly half of those older than 75 — solutions to hearing problems have been slow to materialize. Until recently, hearing aids only made things louder, not necessarily clearer. And scientists have yet to discover a way to repair damage to

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Humans can observe what and where something happens around them with their hearing, as long as sound frequencies lie between 20 Hz and 2,000 Hz. Researchers at Aalto University have now developed a new audio technique that enables people to also hear ultrasonic sources that generate sound at frequencies above 20,000 Hz with simultaneous perception of their direction. The results

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Mild hearing loss from exposure to less than one hour of loud noise leads to a reorganization of circuits in a key midbrain structure of the auditory system in mice, finds new research published in  The Journal of Neuroscience . However, exposure to moderate white noise for seven days immediately following loud noise prevented the reorganization of these circuits and

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Inflammation in a sound-processing region of the brain mediates ringing in the ears in mice that have noise-induced hearing loss, according to a study publishing June 18 in the open-access journal  PLOS Biology  by Shaowen Bao of the University of Arizona, and colleagues. Hearing loss is a widespread condition that affects approximately 500 million individuals and is a major risk

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Losing some hearing or eyesight is often a part of getting older, but a new study says losing function in both senses may put you at greater risk of dementia and cognitive decline years later. The research is published in the April 7, 2021, online issue of  Neurology . The study did not find such a link between losing just

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Hearing impairment is associated with significantly poorer physical function and faster declines in physical function among older people over time compared with those with normal hearing, according to a study published online June 25 in  JAMA Network Open . Pablo Martinez-Amezcua, M.D., Ph.D., from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, and colleagues used data from the

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A new study led by a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher underscores the importance of screening adolescents with hearing loss for depression and anxiety. Early identification and intervention for mental health disorders is crucial for adolescents since it can impact speech and hearing outcomes, school performance, and work productivity, added Dr. Cejas. "For patients with hearing loss,

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According to the CDC, 50–60% of hearing loss in babies is due to genetic causes. However, there are also a number of things in the environment that can cause hearing loss. In some cases, hearing loss is caused when both genes and the environment work together. A new mouse study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the

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A new model by University of Manchester researchers has proposed a way to prevent hearing loss in older people by addressing socioeconomic inequalities encountered while young. Published in  Trends in Hearing , the model could impact on the estimated 466 million people worldwide who have disabling hearing loss, mostly affecting the elderly. The study is the first to examine the mechanisms and

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Osteoporosis and low bone density (LBD) contribute to age-related hearing loss, according to a study published online May 24 in the  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society . Sharon G. Curhan, M.D., from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues conducted a longitudinal cohort study involving 60,821 and 83,078 women in the Nurses' Health Study (NHS) and Nurses' Health

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