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Hearing aids may help keep hearing-impaired older adults mentally sharp
Hearing loss is linked with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults, but the use of hearing aids may help safeguard seniors' memory and thinking skills. (2015-10-19)

Hearing loss in children is higher than previously thought
Far more children in the United Kingdom suffer with permanent hearing impairment by the age of 9 years than previously estimated, find researchers in this week's BMJ. This has important implications for co-ordinating services for deaf and hearing impaired children. (2001-09-06)

Hearing problems may be programmed at birth
Hearing loss in adulthood may be programmed at birth, and short people may be particularly susceptible, say researchers from Sweden in this week's BMJ. (2003-11-20)

Cochlear implants' performance not affected by amount of hearing loss in the implanted ear
Hearing-impaired individuals with severe to profound hearing loss and poor speech understanding who possess some residual hearing in one ear may experience significant communication benefit from a cochlear implant even if it is placed in the worse-hearing ear, a Johns Hopkins study suggests. (2005-09-01)

Hearing aids may help reduce risks of dementia, depression, and falls
Use of hearing aids was linked with lower risks of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, depression, anxiety, and injurious falls in an analysis of medical information on 114,862 older adults with hearing loss. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (2019-09-05)

Difficulty hearing may keep older patients from participating in their health care
In a Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study of 13,940 adults age 65 years and older, nearly half reported difficulty hearing, and those reporting difficulty said that they had lower levels of active participation in their health care. (2019-04-03)

Genes influence age-related hearing loss
A new Brandeis University study of twins shows that genes play a significant role in the level of hearing loss that often appears in late middle age. The research, in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, examined genetic and environmental factors affecting hearing loss in the frequency range of speech recognition. (2007-11-14)

No speech without hearing
Hearing has a key role in the acquisition of speech, but 2 of every 1000 children are born with a hearing impairment. Early diagnosis and treatment can help these children learn to speak. In the latest issue of Deutsches Arzteblatt International, Martin Ptok of Hannover Medical School explores whether screening of newborns reliably detects hearing defects, the benefits of early diagnosis, and the potential risks of newborn hearing screening. (2011-07-07)

MU researcher works to increase hearing-aid use among adults with hearing impairments
Nearly half of individuals who are prescribed hearing aids do not wear the devices, previous research has shown. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has received a fellowship that will help her continue her work to increase hearing-aid use among adults with hearing impairments. (2013-07-15)

Hearing loss clue uncovered
Researchers from the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University have discovered how hearing loss in humans is caused by a certain genetic mutation. (2013-06-11)

Passive smokers at increased risk of hearing loss
Non-smokers who regularly breathe in others' tobacco smoke are at increased risk of some degree of hearing loss, reveals research published online in Tobacco Control. (2010-11-15)

New program improves hearing aid use for older adults
A new hearing aid adjustment program created by Kari Lane, assistant professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri, might significantly improve hearing aid wear time among older adults. (2017-03-20)

Calling for research into deafness
Research funding into deafness in the UK is around only one thousandth of the estimated lost productivity from hearing impairment. This and other deafness related issues are highlighted in an editorial in this week's edition of The Lancet. (2007-11-22)

New program could improve hearing aid use for older adults
Hearing loss is the third most common chronic illness for older adults. It can impact everyday life and can significantly affect a person's health and safety if gone untreated. Now, a new hearing aid adjustment program created by Kari Lane, assistant professor at the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri, may help increase hearing aid use for those who need them. (2016-03-15)

Hearing-aid intervention helps individuals gradually adjust to devices
When individuals wear their hearing aids for the first time, they are flooded with sounds they have not heard in months or years. Ambient noises can be painful, irritating and difficult to ignore, causing some individuals to stop using their hearing aids right away. A University of Missouri researcher has developed an intervention that helps older adults gradually increase their hearing-aid use and satisfaction with the devices. (2015-01-20)

The EAR-PC study findings encourages screening for hearing loss in older adults
Hearing loss is the second most common disability in the United States and comes with it a higher risk for being diagnosed with significant health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, dementia and depression, as well as higher health care cost and use. The Early Auditory Referral-Primary Care (EAR-PC) study was designed to address the lack of data about hearing loss screening. (2020-11-10)

Poor hearing common among elderly people in the UK
Reduced hearing is common-and the provision of hearing aids inadequate-among elderly people in the UK, conclude authors of a study in this week's issue of THE LANCET. The study also highlights how many elderly people do not use hearing aids regularly, and that socially disabling hearing loss is common even when hearing aids are used. (2002-04-25)

New genes identified in hearing loss, providing treatment hope
A new study published today in The American Journal of Human Genetics has identified 44 genes linked to age-related hearing loss giving a much clearer understanding of how the condition develops and potential treatments. (2019-09-26)

Early hearing tests improve children's recovery from meningitis
Hearing loss and its impact in social interactions can be potentially minimized in children with bacterial meningitis through early identification. (2006-09-18)

With age comes hearing loss and a greater risk of cognitive decline
In a new study, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that hearing impairment is associated with accelerated cognitive decline with age, though the impact of mild hearing loss may be lessened by higher education. (2019-02-12)

Seniors with undiagnosed hearing loss can become isolated
Senior citizens with undiagnosed or untreated hearing problems are more likely to suffer from social isolation and cognitive impairment, a UBC study has found. UBC Okanagan researchers examined the impact of undiagnosed or untreated hearing issues in seniors aged 60 to 69. The study found that for every 10 decibel (roughly the sound of calm breathing) drop in hearing sensitivity, the odds of social isolation increased by 52 percent. (2016-06-30)

Offshore wind turbine construction could be putting seals' hearing at risk
Noise from pile driving during offshore wind turbine construction could be damaging the hearing of harbour seals around the UK, according to ecologists who attached GPS data loggers to 24 harbor seals while offshore wind turbines were being installed in 2012. Data on the seals' locations and their diving behaviour was combined with information from the wind farm developers on when pile driving was taking place. Models revealed that half of the tagged seals were exposed to noise levels that exceeded hearing damage thresholds. (2015-05-20)

Only one-fifth of people with hearing problems wear a hearing aid
The study, published in the journal Ear and Hearing, looked at the habits of 160,000 people in the United Kingdom aged 40 to 69 years. It found 10.7 percent of adults had significant hearing problems when listening to speech in the presence of background noise -- but only 2.1 percent used a hearing aid. (2014-03-18)

New screening test to help people with hearing loss in China
The University of Southampton has developed a new hearing screening test which could help the estimated 100 million people suffering from hearing loss in China. (2012-06-27)

Certain OTC, less expensive hearing aids provide benefit similar to conventional hearing aid
A comparison between less-expensive, over-the-counter hearing assistance devices and a conventional hearing aid found that some of these devices were associated with improvements in hearing similar to the hearing aid, according to a study published by JAMA. (2017-07-03)

Can We Prevent Hearing Loss In Elderly Women?
Research shows that age-related hearing loss may be related to nutritional status. A recent assessment of 55 women between 60 and 71 years of age found that women with impaired hearing had lower blood levels of vitamin B-12 and folate than women with normal hearing. This study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is the first to link vitamin status to hearing loss. (1999-03-30)

Smoking not linked to hearing loss
Levels of cotinine, a substance created by the breakdown of nicotine in the body, does not appear to be linked to hearing loss, according to an article in the November issue of The Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2004-11-15)

NYU study points to lasting impact of mild hearing loss on neurological processes
Mild to moderate forms of hearing loss can have a lasting impact on the auditory cortex, according to findings by researchers at New York University's Center for Neural Science. The study, which is the first to show central effects of mild hearing loss, appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. (2007-08-30)

Hear the good news: new device offers clearer sound, less discomfort for the hearing-impaired
For the millions of individuals who suffer from hearing loss, a device newly approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the Vibrant Soundbridge, has been shown to eliminate the sounds of silence with minimal discomfort. Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center is one of only two facilities in the New York area to offer the device. (2000-09-19)

Common inherited genetic variant identified as frequent cause of deafness in adults
A common inherited genetic variant is a frequent cause of deafness in adults, meaning that many thousands of people are potentially at risk, reveals research published online in the Journal of Medical Genetics. (2020-07-06)

Infant cooing, babbling linked to hearing ability, MU researcher finds
University of Missouri research shows that infant vocalizations are primarily motivated by infants' ability to hear their own babbling. Additionally, infants with profound hearing loss who received cochlear implants to help correct their hearing soon reached the vocalization levels of their hearing peers, putting them on track for language development. (2014-09-23)

UTEP professor shows that hearing aids improve memory, speech
A recent study by Jamie Desjardins, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the speech-language pathology program at The University of Texas at El Paso, found that hearing aids improve brain function in persons with hearing loss. (2016-01-28)

Specialists in hearing, HIV come together to study AIDS patients
Specialists in HIV and in hearing at the University of Rochester Medical Center are teaming up to measure the hearing of people with AIDS. (2009-11-03)

Study: Lowering cost doesn't increase hearing aid purchases
A new Henry Ford Hospital study finds that lowering the cost of hearing aids isn't enough to motivate adults with mild hearing loss to purchase a device at a younger age or before their hearing worsens. Simply lowering the cost of hearing aids -- even by as much as 40 percent -- does not improve hearing aid purchase for patients with partial insurance coverage or those who would need to cover the entire cost out of pocket (2011-05-10)

Newborn hearing screening linked with improved developmental outcomes for hearing impaired children
Children with permanent hearing impairment who received hearing screening as newborns had better general and language developmental outcomes and quality of life at ages 3 to 5 years compared to newborns who received hearing screening through behavioral testing, according to a study in the Oct. 20 issue of JAMA. (2010-10-19)

Link between dual sensory loss and depression
People with combined vision and hearing loss are nearly four times more likely to experience depression and more than three times more likely to suffer chronic anxiety, according to a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology and led by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). (2021-01-28)

I can hear you now: Clinic provides free hearing aids for low-income adults
An intervention at a free clinic that included comprehensive care for hearing was able to provide recycled, donated hearing aids to low-income adults, according to a study published by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. (2017-06-16)

Opioid use can trigger deafness
Opioid use, particularly in high doses, can cause deafness, according to Rutgers researchers. The study, published in The Journal of Medical Toxicology, reviewed records from the New Jersey Poison Control Center, based at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, from 1999 to 2018 to determine the association between opioid use and degrees of hearing loss. (2020-08-17)

Can hockey playoffs harm your hearing?
Bill Hodgetts and Richard Liu report on the possible risk of hearing loss for those who attend hockey games frequently. (2006-12-04)

Wearing hearing aid may help protect brain in later life
A new study has concluded that people who wear a hearing aid for age-related hearing problems maintain better brain function over time than those who do not. (2019-07-15)

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