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Some Newborns Don't Get Heart Defect, Hearing Loss Tests

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – Some newborns in the United States still aren't getting screened for hearing loss or congenital heart disease, a new report shows. "Newborn screening at birth is crucial to quickly identify infants at risk of hearing loss and congenital [inherited] heart disease so they can receive early intervention and follow-up care," said Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Finding these conditions early can give infants the best chance to properly develop, and lead healthy lives," Fitzgerald added in an agency news release. Since the 1970s, newborns in the United States have been screened for numerous health conditions through dried bloodspots, the agency explained. An estimated 4 million babies undergo screening each year. Now, national recommendations suggest that newborns be screened for hearing loss and critical ... Read more

Related support groups: Delivery, Premature Labor, Hearing Loss, Brain Anomalies incl Congenital, Cesarean Section, Heart Murmur, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Patients' Hearing Loss May Mean Poorer Medical Care

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 – Many seniors may not hear everything their doctors tell them, new research suggests, and that could raise the risk of medical errors. "In our study of 100 patients 60 and older, 43 reported mishearing a doctor or nurse in an inpatient or community health care setting, lending vulnerability to unintended error," said researcher Simon Smith, from the University College Cork School of Medicine, in Ireland. Earlier research has found that improved communication between doctors, nurses and families could prevent 36 percent of medical errors, Smith added. The problem is not just a matter of doctors speaking louder. "The ability to separate speech from background noise is more intricate than volume alone," he explained. Often hearing tests don't capture the complexity of how patients process medical information, and hearing aids may not be the answer, Smith said. The ... Read more

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Hearing Loss Rates Holding Steady for U.S. Teens: Study

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 – There's good and bad news from a new study on the noise blasted in American teenagers' ears – more kids are listening to music via earphones than ever before, but rates of hearing loss have not increased. Still, "the overall take-home message ... is that not only are the elderly at danger of significant hearing loss – so are our children, at a time in their lives when education is key to their success in life," said hearing expert Dr. Darius Kohan, who reviewed the new study. He directs otology/neurotology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. The new research was led by Dr. Brooke Su and Dr. Dylan Chan of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). They noted that the number of teens listening to loud music through headphones is on the rise, and even minor hearing loss in children and teenagers can take a toll on their school performance. Health ... Read more

Related support groups: Hearing Loss, Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis, Influenza Prophylaxis, Vaccination and Prophlaxis

Noise Pollution a Problem in Black Urban Neighborhoods

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – Noise pollution levels are highest in black neighborhoods in segregated cities in the United States, a new study shows. Researchers looked at 13 years of information gathered from across the United States. They found as percentages of Asian, black or Hispanic residents rose, so did noise levels during both day and night. Neighborhoods with at least 75 percent black residents had median night-time noise levels 4 decibels higher than neighborhoods with no black residents. The study also found that neighborhoods with high levels of poverty and low levels of education had high levels of noise. "We've known that poor communities and communities of color are likely more exposed to toxic landfills and air pollution, but until now we really have not heard much about noise pollution," said study author Joan Casey. She's a postdoctoral scholar at the University of ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Hearing Loss, Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Targeting 9 Risk Factors Could Prevent 1 in 3 Dementia Cases: Study

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – One-third of dementia cases worldwide might be prevented by paying attention to nine risk factors throughout life, researchers say. These measures include: staying in school until you're at least over the age of 15; reducing hearing loss, obesity and high blood pressure in mid-life (ages 45 to 65); and reducing smoking, depression, physical inactivity, social isolation and diabetes in later life (65 and older). Taking care of these risk factors would possibly prevent 35 percent of dementia cases, the study findings suggested. In comparison, targeting the major genetic risk factor – known as ApoE – would prevent less than one in 10 dementia cases (7 percent), the study authors said. The three risk factors that could potentially make the most difference in preventing dementia include: staying in school (which would reduce dementia cases by 8 percent); reducing ... Read more

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A Cheaper Alternative to Hearing Aids?

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 – A handful of over-the-counter "personal sound amplification products" fared as well as an expensive hearing aid in helping people pick up more words in conversation, researchers report. While the study took place in a sound booth, "in this controlled environment, some of these devices helped people with mild to moderate hearing loss as well as a hearing aid," said study author Nicholas Reed. He is an audiologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in Baltimore. An estimated 16 percent of Americans have trouble hearing, and the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders estimates that almost 30 million people could benefit from hearing aids. But hearing aids can cost thousands of dollars, and Medicare doesn't cover them, the researchers noted. "Hearing aids are regulated medical devices and should all be able to aid someone with ... Read more

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Guard Against Hearing Loss From Fireworks

Posted 4 Jul 2017 by

TUESDAY, July 4, 2017 – Watching a fireworks display can be a treat for your eyes, but the noise can be a threat to your ears. If you plan on watching fireworks this Fourth of July, there are a number of things you should do to protect your hearing, according to Dr. Maria Suurna. She is an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. "The best way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss is to avoid loud noise exposure. Exposure to sounds above 85 decibels (dB) can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss," she said in a hospital news release. Maintain a safe distance from the source of fireworks, Suurna advised. Be sure to protect children and infants from loud fireworks. They're more likely to suffer hearing damage at lower noise levels than adults, she explained. "If you cannot avoid excessive firework noise, ... Read more

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Was It Love at First Smell?

Posted 18 May 2017 by

THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 – Beauty isn't always in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes, it's in the ears or nose of the beholder, too. New research indicates that a person's voice and scent can be just as important as physical appearance in how attractive someone is to others. The findings – from a review of 30 years of published research – appear in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. "Recently, most reviews have focused on visual attractiveness – for example, face or body attractiveness," said lead author Agata Groyecka, a researcher at the University of Wroclaw in Poland. But more research has been done on other senses and their role in social relations, and these findings shouldn't be neglected, she added. "Perceiving others through all three channels gives a more reliable and broader variety of information about them," Groyecka said in a journal news release. Along with gender and ... Read more

Related support groups: Nasal Congestion, Hearing Loss

Hear This! Keep Cotton Swabs Out of Kids' Ears

Posted 8 May 2017 by

MONDAY, May 8, 2017 – Thousands of kids wind up in U.S. emergency rooms every year for ear injuries caused by cotton swabs, a new study reveals. The analysis of federal data found that about 263,000 children were treated in emergency departments for ear injuries caused by cotton swabs over the 21-year period from 1990 through 2010. That works out to about 12,500 such injuries a year, or about 34 injuries a day. "The two biggest misconceptions I hear as an otolaryngologist are that the ear canals need to be cleaned in the home setting, and that cotton tip applicators should be used to clean them; both of those are incorrect," said senior study author Dr. Kris Jatana. He's with Nationwide Children's Hospital's department of pediatric otolaryngology, in Columbus, Ohio. "The ears canals are usually self-cleaning. Using cotton tip applicators to clean the ear canal not only pushes wax ... Read more

Related support groups: Hearing Loss, Ear Wax Impaction

Did Syphilis Cause Painter Goya's Hearing Loss?

Posted 28 Apr 2017 by

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 – Spanish artist Francisco Goya's hearing loss may have been caused by the sexually transmitted infection syphilis or a rare autoimmune disorder, a researcher suggests. "This required real detective work," hearing expert Ronna Hertzano, from the University of Maryland, said in a university news release. "The question of Goya's ailment was a fascinating medical mystery. I think his case has several plausible possibilities." Goya was 46 and at the height of his career in 1793 when he developed a severe, undiagnosed illness that left him bedridden for months. He had hallucinations, constant headaches and could barely walk. Most of his symptoms eventually went away, but he never regained his hearing. Hertzano analyzed the evidence of Goya's illness and concluded he may have suffered from either syphilis or an autoimmune disease called Susac syndrome. The main ... Read more

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Scientists Spot Gene for Rare Disorder Causing Deafness, Blindness

Posted 24 Mar 2017 by

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 – Researchers say they have found the genetic cause of a rare disorder that causes children to be born with deafness, blindness, albinism and fragile bones. The syndrome is called COMMAD. It occurs when children inherit two mutations – one from each parent – of a gene called MITF. Each parent is also deaf due to another rare genetic disorder called Waardenburg syndrome 2A. Further research is needed to learn more about the role of MITF during early development and how mutations in this gene result in the development of Waardenburg 2A and COMMAD, said researchers from the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI). COMMAD stands for the names of a number of conditions that affect people with this disorder. It includes missing tissue around the eye; abnormally dense bones prone to fracture; small or abnormally formed eyes; an abnormally large head; albinism (lack of ... Read more

Related support groups: Hearing Loss, Diagnosis and Investigation, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Millions of Americans Bombarded by Loud Noises

Posted 16 Mar 2017 by

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – Almost 58 million Americans are exposed to loud noises at work and home, but too few try to protect their hearing, a new study finds. "This noise exposure epidemic had not really been quantified at the household level in the U.S.," said study senior author Dr. Neil Bhattacharyya, an associate chief of otolaryngology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "This degree of noise exposure has the potential to cause long-term hearing consequences with our aging population. Health care providers should actively identify and encourage the use of hearing protection in patients at risk," he said in a hospital news release. Bhattacharyya and his colleagues analyzed data from 240 million people nationwide surveyed in 2014. They found that nearly 22 percent were exposed to very loud noises at work for a least four hours a day, several days a week, but 38 percent of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Tune in to Hearing Loss

Posted 16 Mar 2017 by

-- Hearing loss can affect people of any age, not just seniors. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you may have a hearing loss if: You play the television louder than most others deem comfortable. You have difficulty hearing conversation in a noisy environment. You tend not to hear high-pitched sounds, such as a doorbell, alarm clock or telephone. Read more

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Hearing Loss May Double in United States by 2060

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – As the U.S. population ages, millions more will face the prospect of losing their hearing, researchers report. Among American adults 20 and older, hearing loss is expected to increase from 44 million in 2020 (15 percent of adults) to 73.5 million by 2060 (23 percent of adults). The increase will be greatest among older adults, according to the researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. In 2020, 55 percent of all adults with hearing loss will be 70 or older. In 2060, that rate will jump to 67 percent. "In the coming decades, there will be an increased need for affordable interventions and access to hearing health care services," said lead study author Adele Goman. She's a research fellow at Hopkins' Center on Aging and Health. Goman and her colleagues projected future hearing loss using data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Hearing Loss, Prevention of Falls

Finally, Proof That Hearing Aids Help

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Millions of older Americans are hard of hearing, but solid evidence about the value of hearing aids has been lacking – until now. New research findings "provide firm evidence that hearing aids do, in fact, provide significant benefit to older adults," said lead author Larry Humes, a professor at Indiana University's department of speech and hearing sciences. Only 30 percent of Americans 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids have ever worn them. And even fewer adults aged 20 to 69 who could benefit have ever used them, according to the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Enhancing their accessibility and affordability is vitally important, the agency says. High-quality hearing aids often cost thousands of dollars. Up to now, "the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has not been able to support ... Read more

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