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Reducing Brain Inflammation Could Reduce Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Symptoms

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 […]

White Noise After Loud Blasts Could Prevent Hearing Loss

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 […]

Study Shows Importance of Mental Health Screenings in Adolescents with Hearing Loss

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. […]

Researchers Discover New Genetic Mutation Linked to Hearing Loss

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 […]

Senior Hearing Loss Could Be Prevented in Youth

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 […]

Low Bone Density Could Contribute to Hearing Loss

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) […]

Study Examines Connection Between Coronavirus and Tinnitus

Researchers are trying to study the link between COVID-19 and long term side effects, including tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Dr. Richard Tyler at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics said one of his patients with tinnitus experienced worsened conditions after contracting the virus. In March, the International Journal of Audiology published a study […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Not Linked to Sudden Hearing Loss

Some patients reported a sudden hearing loss after receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine investigated the cases and published their results in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Their preliminary conclusions are that the messenger RNA vaccines (mRNA) by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna did not cause the hearing loss. Based on the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) […]

Research Shows Turning Down Music Won’t Impact Your Fitness Routine

Turning down the music at your fitness classes won’t affect the intensity of your workout, researchers say. It’s common for fitness instructors to crank up the volume — sometimes to levels loud enough to damage hearing — because they think it will help students work harder. But researchers at the University of Maryland School of […]