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Millions of Americans Bombarded by Loud Noises

Posted 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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

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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

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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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Everyday Pain Relievers May Be Linked to Hearing Loss in Some Women

Posted 19 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 – Long-term use of over-the-counter pain relievers may be associated with increased risk of hearing loss in some women, a new study says. Women who used ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for six years or more were more likely to suffer hearing loss than those who used the pain relievers for a year or less, said researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. They found no significant association between long-term aspirin use and hearing loss. "Although the magnitude of higher risk of hearing loss with analgesic use was modest, given how commonly these medications are used, even a small increase in risk could have important health implications," study senior author Dr. Gary Curhan said in a hospital news release. "Assuming causality, this would mean that approximately 16.2 percent of hearing loss occurring in these women could be due to ... Read more

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Fewer Americans Under 70 Have Hearing Loss, Study Finds

Posted 15 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 – Americans younger than 70 may be hearing better now compared with 15 years ago, a new government study suggests. Researchers found that hearing loss appears to be on the decline among Americans in their 40s, 50s and 60s – which may be partly related to reductions in on-the-job noise and smoking rates. However, while that's "good news," it needs to be balanced with a reality check, said lead researcher Howard Hoffman, of the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Hearing loss is still common, he said. Among study participants in their 60s, for example, 39 percent were hearing-impaired. And based on other research, hearing loss grows in prevalence after age 70. "We're not really preventing hearing impairment, we're delaying it," Hoffman said. With the elderly population expanding, he added, that means the "overall burden" of ... Read more

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FDA Eases Up on Hearing Aid Rules

Posted 8 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 – Getting a hearing aid should be less of a hassle – and eventually less expensive – under new rules introduced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said on Wednesday it will no longer enforce a requirement that people aged 18 and older receive a medical evaluation or sign a waiver before buying most hearing aids. The agency said it will also consider creating a category of over-the-counter hearing aids that could provide innovative and lower-cost devices to millions of Americans. Currently, a pair of hearing aids typically costs $4,000 or more, putting them out of reach for the majority of older Americans who need them, according to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. "Today's actions are an example of the FDA considering flexible approaches to regulation that encourage innovation in areas of rapid scientific progress," ... Read more

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Having Trouble Hearing? Maybe It's Not Your Ears

Posted 30 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – Seniors who struggle to make out what people are saying around the dinner table or on a noisy street may have perfectly "normal" hearing. The problem could actually be in the brain, a new study suggests. Trouble processing conversations in a loud setting may indicate that the brain's ability to quickly and easily process speech is diminished. The findings demonstrate that "separately from any typical hearing loss that might occur as we age, our brains also get worse at processing the sound of talking when there are other sounds at the same time," said study co-author Jonathan Simon. He's an associate professor at the University of Maryland's Institute for Systems Research. "The background noise may not even be considered especially loud by younger listeners," he noted. But "the implication is that typical older adults need to exert more effort, and take more ... Read more

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