Report: Strategies to prevent noise-induced hearing loss, tinnitus in soldiers
September 07, 2012
DETROIT - Antioxidants, dietary supplements and high-tech brain imaging are among some of the novel strategies that may help detect, treat and even prevent noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus among American troops, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital.
A culmination of nearly 25 years of research on noise-induced hearing loss - a growing medical issue that affects more than 12 percent of American troops returning from conflicts around the globe - will be presented Sept. 9 at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Led by Michael Seidman, M.D., the research team is the first to identify how acoustic trauma from machinery and explosive devices damages the inner ear cells and breaks down cell growth, much like age-related hearing loss.
"Improvised explosive devices, aircraft and other weaponry being used by the military are frankly deafening our troops," says Dr. Seidman, director of the Division of Otologic/Neurotologic Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital.
"Noise-induced hearing loss doesn't just impact a person's ability to hear; it can cause balance issues, make it difficult to sleep and communicate, and even raise the risk for heart disease by increasing a person's blood pressure, lipids and blood sugar."
As part of his presentation, Dr. Seidman will explain how noise-induced hearing loss, as well as tinnitus-related traumatic brain injury, occurs based on research from Wayne State University's Jinsheng Zhang, Ph.D.
Dr. Zhang has developed a model of blast-induced tinnitus and hearing loss using a shock tube that generates a 194 decibel shock wave similar to many of the explosive devices being deployed against troops.
Further, Dr. Seidman will discuss the use of nutraceuticals, such as acetyl-l-carnitine, alpha lipoic acid and resveratrol - a substance found in red wine and red grapes - to mitigate hearing-related issues.
Based on initial results, Dr. Seidman says a nutraceutical with a resveratrol-based component may possibly hold the potential to not only prevent, but reverse hearing loss in certain circumstances for soldiers. This research is based on animal models, but will soon be tested with humans, to see if a pill could soon be developed to prevent acoustic trauma in troops.
In addition, Dr. Seidman will highlight new research on tinnitus, a chronic ringing of the head or ears that affects more than 50 million patients.
A study co-authored by Susan Bowyer, Ph.D., senior bioscientific researcher at Henry Ford Hospital, found that an imaging technique called magnetoencephalography (MEG) can determine the site of perception of tinnitus in the brain, which could in turn allow physicians to target the area with electrical or chemical therapies to lessen symptoms.
Although is no cure for tinnitus, several interventions are available, including dietary modification, the use of specific herbs and supplements, sound therapies, centrally acting medications and electrical stimulation of the cochlea and brain using implantable electrodes and an implantable pulse generator.
To date, Dr. Seidman has treated six patients with direct electrical stimulation to the brain, reducing the tinnitus in four of those patients.
In all, the team's work on noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus has led to more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and several patents.
According to Dr. Seidman, more research and funding are needed in order to generate critical data to facilitate an understanding of the damage caused by acoustic trauma and develop strategies to mitigate that damage.
Henry Ford Health System
Related Hearing Loss Current Events and Hearing Loss News ArticlesScientists show how exposure to brief trauma and sudden sounds form lasting memories
Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found how even brief exposure to sudden sounds or mild trauma can form permanent, long-term brain connections, or memories, in a specific region of the brain. Outcomes of prolonged episodes of respiratory disorder among extremely preterm infants
Among extremely preterm infants, prolonged episodes of hypoxemia (abnormally low levels of oxygen in the blood, which leads to shortness of breath) during the first 2 to 3 months after birth were associated with an increased risk of disability or death at 18 months.Antibiotics increase risk of hearing loss in patients with deadly bacterial infections
Seeking to stem the tide of permanent hearing loss from the use of life-saving antibiotics, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have found that patients stricken with dangerous bacterial infections are at greater risk of hearing loss than previously recognized.Early evidence suggests hybrid cochlear implants may benefit millions with common form of hearing loss
People with a common form of hearing loss not helped by hearing aids achieved significant and sometimes profound improvements in their hearing and understanding of speech with hybrid cochlear implant devices, according to a new multicenter study led by specialists at NYU Langone Medical Center.Simple procedure using a nasal balloon can help treat hearing loss in children
For children with a common middle-ear problem, a simple procedure with a nasal balloon can reduce the impact of hearing loss and avoid unnecessary and ineffective use of antibiotics, according to a randomized controlled trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).New findings hint toward reversing hearing loss
Unlike birds and amphibians, mammals can't recover lost hearing. In people, the cells of the inner ear responsible for detecting sound and transmitting those signals to the brain form during early stages of development and can't be replaced if lost due to illness, injury or aging.Experts map surgical approaches for auditory brainstem implantation
A technique called auditory brainstem implantation can restore hearing for patients who can't benefit from cochlear implants.Anti-stroke drug effective treatment for middle-ear infections, researchers say
An existing anti-stroke drug is an effective treatment for middle-ear infections, showing the ability to suppress mucus overproduction, improve bacterial clearance and reduce hearing loss, according to researchers at Georgia State University and the University of Rochester.Secrets of baby talk: Why mothers say coo while fathers stay cool
Even to the casual observer, there's no mistaking how some perfectly mature parents will affect an infantile elocution when talking to their young children, speaking in higher-pitched voices with a wider range of pitches and frequently switching between highs and lows. How does the brain respond to hearing loss?
Researchers at the University of Colorado suggest that the portion of the brain devoted to hearing can become reorganized--reassigned to other functions--even with early-stage hearing loss, and may play a role in cognitive decline.
More Hearing Loss Current Events and Hearing Loss News Articles
The Hearing-Loss Guide: Useful Information and Advice for Patients and Families (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)|
by John M. Burkey (Author), Robert L. Daniels (Foreword)
Where can the most accurate and helpful information about hearing loss be found? From a friend or relative who has impaired hearing? From an experienced audiologist? Both, says the author of this essential book!
In an unusual new approach, audiologist John M. Burkey offers not only specific and up-to-date information based on his own extensive experience with patients, but also useful, first-hand advice from those patients themselves. The Hearing-Loss Guide presents clear, basic facts on hearing impairment and treatments, followed by candid personal recommendations from people who are coping successfully with hearing difficulties. For anyone confronting hearing loss, for family members and friends, and for others who work alongside or care for a person with a hearing...
Hearing Loss Cure: The Ultimate Solution Guide on How to Improve and Restore Your Hearing Naturally, Tinnitus Treatment Relief (Hearing Loss Cure, Tinnitus ... Health Restoration, Natural Cures)|
Discover How to Improve and Restore your Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Naturally Forever!
Today only, get this Kindle book for just $2.99. Regularly priced
at $4.99. Read on your PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device.
You’re about to discover a proven system and easy to follow approach on how to Improve your hearing loss and tinnitus naturally for the rest of your life! Millions of people suffer from tinnitus and hearing loss decline every single day. These same people go about their day and are forced to struggle when listening to their favorite songs, listening to instructions, even to participate in a simple conversation with a stranger or someone you love dearly. They are forced to wear hearing aids and they feel they have no other choice in the matter....
What Did You Say? An Unexpected Journey Into the World of Hearing Loss|
by Monique E. Hammond (Author)
Nothing prepared Monique Hammond for her own sudden hearing loss, and her questions to medical professionals often left her with more questions than answers. What Did You Say? is the book she wishes she had when she was coping with and trying to understand her own hearing loss. Hammond points out that she is not a professional hearing specialist, so her first important message is that people who experience any ear-related symptoms ''must consult their physician or ear specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.'' From there, she provides organized, easy-to-understand facts and details that enable readers to have educated discussions with their medical professionals. Weaving together her own experiences with a wealth of information, Hammond's wisdom and insights are invaluable, and her...
Hearing: Hearing Loss Cure: Get Your Hearing Back and Hear Better Than Ever Before *BONUS: Sneak Preview of 'The Memory Loss Cure' Included!* (Aging, Tinnitus, Hearing Recovery, Deaf, Health)|
WHAT DID YOU SAY??
Do you have trouble hearing when people are talking?
Are you embarrassed to have to constantly ask others to speak up?
Do people comment on how loudly you have the volume on?
There is a SOLUTION!
This book is your complete guide on how to overcome hearing loss!
* For a limited time offer, get this Amazon Bestseller book for only $2.99! Regularly priced at $4.99 *
Discover proven steps and strategies on how to identify and properly address various types of hearing loss. As with any illness, understanding and properly diagnosing the condition is the first step towards managing it. Knowing what kind of hearing loss you are suffering from will allow you to choose the treatment best best suited for your...
Amish Health Secrets|
by Tony Parker (Author)
Do the Amish know Health Secrets that Doctors don’t? Doctors have surprisingly discovered that the Amish have lower rates of cancer and heart disease than the average American. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, they also have lower incidences of high blood pressure and University of Tennessee research shows that they have lower rates of obesity. In addition, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research found they have higher bone density and 42 % fewer hip fractures. What’s their secret? In a University of Iowa study, 95% of the Amish surveyed said they rely on their own very effective and money saving home health cures. A remarkable new encyclopedia of health cures collected from families in Ohio’s Amish Country is now available to the general public. It’s...
Hearing Loss: How To Improve And Restore Your Hearing - The Most Effective And Proven Solution To Restore Your Hearing (Tinnitus, Hearing Loss, Hearing ... Loss, Hearing Loss, Tinnitus Book 1)|
You Are About To Discover The # 1 Secret To Restore Your Hearing In Less Than A Month
Do you ever wonder if your hearing can be salvaged?
Are you one of those people that is now suffering deafness from personal circumstances, or from habits that you had as a kid?
Well, we all make mistakes, but there is a way to fix the problem of hearing loss. It’s something that anyone can do, and from this you can learn to restore your hearing to the level that you've wanted it to be for a while.
Many People Start To Suffer From Hearing Loss At Younger And Younger Ages
With loud venues and music, you can be assured that deafness can come about as time goes on. It’s not something that anyone wants to have, and hearing loss can...
Save Your Hearing Now: The Revolutionary Program That Can Prevent and May Even Reverse Hearing Loss|
by Michael D. Seidman (Author), Marie Moneysmith (Author)
After 20 years of research, leading otolaryngologist Dr. Michael Seidman has developed a breakthrough all natural alternative treatment program to battle hearing loss safely and effectively. Using a specifi c combination of antioxidants, diet, exercise, and basic lifestyle changes, Dr. Seidman's program can help to prevent--and possibly reverse--hearing loss. The book offers a simple self-assessment test that identifies the type, severity, and prognosis of hearing loss, comprehensive advice on diet and supplements, and natural remedies and important lifestyle changes that can make a difference. This is the ultimate resource providing answers--and hope--to the millions of hearing impaired.
Hearing Loss: Facts and Fiction: 7 Secrets to Better Hearing|
by Timothy Frantz M.D. (Author)
"Hearing Loss – Facts and Fiction- 7 SECRETS TO BETTER HEARING" is the solution to the American epidemic of hearing loss. One in five Americans suffer from hearing loss. Unfortunately up to 3/4 of Americans with hearing loss do not treat it, primarily due to the high cost of hearing aids. "The Hear Doc" is concerned about what he considers to be a true crisis. In this easy-to-read book, Dr. Frantz shows you: -12 Ways to get Hearing Aids for FREE or at Reduced Prices. -10 Tips to Better Communication Without Using Hearing Aids. -How to Try Hearing Aids at NO Risk in Over 30 U.S. States. -Learn The Hear Doc's 7 Secrets to Better Hearing. -Do You Have Hearing Loss? Take The Hear Doc's Quick Quiz and Find Out if You Need Help. Treatment of hearing loss can result in better...
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hearing Loss|
by House Clinic (Author), William M. Luxford M.D. (Author), M. Jennifer Derebery M.D. (Author), Karen I. Berliner Ph.D. (Author)
Applying straightforward sense to one of our most important senses.
Hearing loss and impairment is a problem for millions of adults and children. Because hearing loss can affect people at any age and the symptoms are so diverse, it is important to have one authoritative source for information. Written by certified otolaryngologists under the auspices of the world renowned House Clinic, The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Hearing Loss covers all conditions and symptoms, along with methods of prevention and treatment, including:
?The most familiar symptoms of hearing impairment and loss
?Details about such conditions as ear wax, swimmer's ear, ear infections, tinnitus, cochlear problems from aging and noise, otosclerosis, tumors, and hearing problems in...