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What does “laurel” vs “yanni” tell us about hearing loss?

Much has been made about the recent viral audio/video debate about a single word. Some people hear only “Laurel”, and some only “Yanni.” Some hear either, depending on what they are told they will hear, and some hear both on successive trials. What has caused this discrepancy between two seemingly unrelated words, and how does hearing loss enter into the …

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Your medications may be damaging your ears

There are several risk factors for hearing loss when an audiologist reviews a patient’s history. Well known factors include exposure to loud noises, family history of hearing loss, ear surgery, infections and diseases. A lesser known aspect of a patient’s history is medications. There are over 200 known medications that may damage your ears and affect their functions. Some affect hearing, some …

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There’s An App For That!

People whose work and play put them at risk for ear damage commonly complain about difficulty hearing and ringing/buzzing in the ears. Construction workers, machinists, contractors and musicians find themselves immersed in loud sounds as a matter of common practice. Add off-the-job hobbies, such as shooting, power tools or practicing music, and you have a recipe for significant ear damage …

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Hearing loss and tinnitus: there’s an app for that!

A tinnitus app People whose work and play put them at risk for ear damage often complain about difficulty hearing and ringing in the ears. Construction workers, machinists, contractors, musicians and others find themselves immersed in loud sounds as a matter of common practice. Add hobbies, such as shooting, power tools or practicing music, and you have a recipe for ear …

Why is Hearing Loss a Public Health Concern?

Question: People do not die from hearing loss, so why should it be added to the list of public health concerns like tobacco use and obesity? Answer: Because hearing loss is highly prevalent, with numerous associated health risks that burden affected individuals, their family, and their community. Older adults in the United States are disproportionately afflicted with hearing loss, with …

CDC Study: 1 in 4 US Adults Who Report Good Hearing Already Have Hearing Loss

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (February 7, 2017), 1 out of 4 US adults who report excellent to good hearing already have hearing damage. The new CDC Vital Signs report by Yulia Carroll, MD, PhD and colleagues finds that many of those with hearing damage report no workplace noise exposure. …