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Was It Love at First Smell?

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

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

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Hear This! Keep Cotton Swabs Out of Kids' Ears

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

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

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Did Syphilis Cause Painter Goya's Hearing Loss?

Posted 28 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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

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Finally, Proof That Hearing Aids Help

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

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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Pop! Goes That Balloon, and Maybe Your Hearing

Posted 11 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 – Blowing up your kid's birthday balloons could end in a bang – and hearing loss, new research suggests. The Canadian study found that a bursting balloon can create sound that's louder than a shotgun and might damage hearing. "Hearing loss is insidious – every loud noise that occurs has a potential lifelong impact," said study lead author Bill Hodgetts, an associate professor of audiology at the University of Alberta. His team measured the noise made by busting balloons three different ways: popping them with a pin, inflating them until they ruptured, and crushing them until they burst. The loudest noise was made by the ruptured balloon. At 168 decibels, it was louder than a 12-gauge shotgun, according to the investigators. The maximum impulse level a person is exposed to should not exceed 140 decibels, according to the Canadian Center for Occupational Health ... Read more

Related support groups: Hearing Loss, Diagnosis and Investigation, Ear Wax Impaction

For Millions of Americans, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Their Hearing

Posted 7 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – The noise of modern life causes permanent hearing damage to many U.S. adults who don't even suspect they've experienced a loss, federal researchers reported Tuesday. Up to now, it's been suspected that work-related noise has been the culprit behind most hearing loss, the researchers said. But about 53 percent of adults with noise-induced hearing damage reported no exposure to loud sounds while on the job, according to the study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instead, their hearing apparently has been damaged by exposure to loud noise at home (think headphones) or in their community (blame those leaf blowers). Many of these people don't even know they've lost hearing. One in four adults who believes his or her hearing is good or excellent actually has hearing damage, the CDC found. "About 20 million American adults have hearing damage ... Read more

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Why Certain Noises Really Irritate Some People

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – Most people can recall a time when a certain sound annoyed them – say when your office mate was repeatedly clicking his pen – but some people find such sounds utterly unbearable. And new research suggests that brain abnormalities may explain why. People with a disorder called misophonia have an intense hatred of specific sounds, such as chewing, breathing or repeated pen clicking. These triggers can cause an immediate and strong "fight or flight" response in those with the disorder. "I hope this will reassure sufferers," the study's senior author Tim Griffiths said in a news release from Newcastle University. "I was part of the skeptical community myself until we saw patients in the clinic and understood how strikingly similar the features are," he added. Griffiths is a professor of cognitive neurology at Newcastle University and University College London in ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Agitation, Agitated State, Psychiatric Disorders, Hearing Loss, Aggressive Behavior

Brain-Training May Help Ease Ringing in the Ears

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – An online program that "trains" the brain may help people cope with the constant ringing in the ears called tinnitus, a small study suggests. People with tinnitus can have poorer working memory, deficiencies in attention, and slower mental processing speeds and reaction times. However, an internet-based program to improve mental acuity appeared to help them deal with the bothersome ear noise, researchers said. "Fifty percent of the patients in the study reported improvements in memory, attention and ability to deal with tinnitus," said study co-author Dr. Jay Piccirillo. He's a professor of otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present, according to the American Tinnitus Association. While it's referred to as "ringing in the ears," tinnitus can cause many ... Read more

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Earwax There to Protect Your Hearing, Doctors Say

Posted 3 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – Trying to remove your earwax can lead to ear damage, doctors warn. The body produces earwax (or "cerumen") to clean and protect ears. The wax collects dirt, dust and other matter, preventing them from getting farther into the ear, according to an updated clinical practice guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. "There is an inclination for people to want to clean their ears because they believe earwax is an indication of uncleanliness. This misinformation leads to unsafe ear health habits," said Dr. Seth Schwartz, chairman of the guideline update group. Everyday activities like moving your jaw and chewing help new earwax push old earwax to the ear opening where it flakes off or is washed off during bathing. This is a normal continual process, but sometimes this self-cleaning process fails. The result: a buildup ... Read more

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Could Anemia Cause Hearing Loss?

Posted 30 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 – Hearing loss may be linked to iron deficiency anemia – a combination of low levels of iron and red blood cells, new research suggests. The study found that people with iron deficiency anemia have more than twice the rate of hearing loss as people without the blood disorder. The association between hearing loss and iron deficiency anemia was particularly strong for two types of hearing loss – one called sensorineural and combined sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the inner ear or the nerve pathway from the inner ear to the brain is damaged, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Conductive hearing loss is when sounds aren't efficiently conducted from the outer ear to the eardrum or middle ear. Combined hearing loss is a mixture of the two, according to ASHA. Sensorineural hearing ... Read more

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Mumps Cases Hit 10-Year High in U.S.

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – Mumps cases have hit a 10-year high in the United States, and the contagious disease is especially common on college campuses, an infectious disease expert says. Before a mumps vaccine became widely available in the United States in 1967, nearly every child would get infected. Since then, cases have declined more than 99 percent, but outbreaks still occur, according to Dr. Cristie Columbus. An infectious disease specialist, she is vice dean of Texas A&M College of Medicine's Dallas campus. Symptoms include enlarged salivary glands – which cause puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw – along with fever, fatigue and head and muscle aches. Up to 40 percent of people with mumps have mild symptoms or none at all and may not realize they are sick. But, they can still spread the disease to others. Mumps symptoms typically begin 16 to 18 days after infection. They last a ... Read more

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