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The term “hidden hearing loss” refers to a form of hearing impairment in which a subject presents with normal otoacoustic emissions and audiometric thresholds but complains of hearing problems such as tinnitus or difficulty understanding speech in noise. Recent human and animal studies on aging and noise-induced hearing loss suggest that hidden hearing loss may result from ototoxic damage to the

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Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) can make life miserable, but a brain implant may help, preliminary research suggests. In a phase one trial of five patients whose severe tinnitus did not respond to other treatments, deep brain stimulation (DBS) diminished the ringing in four. The fifth patient received no relief, the researchers reported. No serious side effects In DBS, electrodes

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As presbycusis happens very gradually, it cannot be easily recognized. The different signs and symptoms that are associated with ARHL are as follows: The sound of other people's talk seems mumbled. People start repeating dialogues for you to hear. Difficulty in understanding in a noisy background. Difficulty in keeping pace with group conversations. Feeling a need for applying more concentration

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New research from Oregon Health & Science University offers insight into the development of hair bundles deep within the inner ear that are critical to hearing. The bundles inside the spiral cavity of the ear convert vibrational energy into electrical signals in the brain. They do not regenerate once they are lost, either from loud noises, disease or aging. The study, published

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American Girl welcomes its newest doll, a surfer and cheerleader named Joss Kendrick, who uses a hearing aid. On Tuesday, the doll company released its latest family member, who hails from Southern California as its 2020 Girl of the Year, in partnership with 17-year-old pro surfer Caroline Marks, who will compete in the premiere U.S. Women’s Olympic surfing team, according to

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A team led by Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers may bring scientists a step closer to developing treatments that regrow the missing cells that cause hearing loss. In a new study published online December 4 in  Nature Communications,  scientists report a new strategy to induce cell division in the mature inner ear. With this pathway, they

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Playing sports may improve the brain's ability to process sounds, a finding that could lead to new therapies for people who struggle with hearing, researchers report. "No one would argue against the fact that sports lead to better physical fitness, but we don't always think of brain fitness and sports," said study senior author Nina Kraus. She's a professor of

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Being a musician might be hard on your hearing, new British research suggests. Those in the music industry have a much higher risk of tinnitus than people who work in quieter settings, a new study finds. People with tinnitus hear ringing, buzzing or whistling noises when there are no external sounds. "Our research shows that people working in the music

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The path from student to researcher is not set in stone; most take the more traditional route where they choose a field during their undergraduate years and keep with it through master’s and Ph.D. degrees. Then, there are others who happen upon the field and, unsuspectingly, fall in love with it.  Jennifer Stone, a research professor at the UW, falls

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Age-related hearing loss is one of the most common health disorders of aging, affecting two-thirds of those over age 70. However, few adults are tested for hearing loss, and even fewer are treated. Only 14% of adults with hearing loss in the United States wear hearing aids, the standard treatment. Because studies show people with age-related hearing loss are more

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