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Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

Sleep Apnea and Hearing Loss: Is There a Relationship?

Do you suffer from sleep apnea? Know someone who does? See patients who do? If you said "yes" to any of these questions, you might be interested in a soon-to-be-published article by Matsumura and colleagues titled Evaluation of Peripheral Auditory Pathways and Brainstem in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Academy Collaborates with Audiology Project: Hearing Loss Link to Diabetes and Other Comorbidities

In an initiative to raise awareness within the Centers for Disease Control and other national organizations on the link between hearing loss and diabetes mellitus, the Academy has engaged in a memorandum of understanding with the Audiology Project.

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The Cocktail Party Effect

2016 is over, and many of us attended celebrations of remembrance of the year's transpiration and resolutions for the year to come. Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the New Year for at least four millennia, but not always in December. Learn more about the history of New Year’s Eve (NYE).

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First Zumba, Now Cycling: What’s Next?

The most recent issue of Audiology Today (November/December 2016) contained a study that evaluated the noise levels of a Zumba© class, as well as the pre/post pure-tone hearing levels of class participants (Gaeta and John, 2016). That study found that “sound levels averaged 91.2 dBA over 60 minutes with peak values up to 101.4 dBA.” These investigators also noted a drop in pure-tone hearing levels (defined as “at least 10 dB in one or both ears for a least one audiometric frequency” tested from 1 kHz-6 kHz) after class in 81 percent of those tested (n=16).

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Physical Activity and Hearing Health

Several population-based epidemiological studies have demonstrated a relationship between physical activity and odds of hearing loss. However, these data to date have been limited to cross-sectional analyses, where cause and effect cannot be discerned. In a first study of physical activity on hearing loss in animals, Han et al. (2016) examined the impact of increased physical activity in mice (CBA/CaJ) on age-related hearing loss (ARHL). In the study, mice were divided into groups based on age and physical activity.

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Unilateral Hearing Loss: What to Do?

Patients with unilateral hearing loss can present with variable issues. Much is dependent on the severity of the hearing loss (threshold and speech understanding), age of onset, hearing status of contralateral ear, and presence of comorbidities (e.g., vertigo, cognitive status, central auditory processing, hyperacusis, tinnitus, disease/pathology/disorder, etc.). Adult-onset severe-to-profound unilateral sensorineural hearing loss with normal hearing sensitivity in the contralateral ear presents a unique dilemma.

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Age-Related Prejudice Toward Hearing Loss in United States?

A new study published in JAMA suggests age-related prejudice toward hearing loss in the United States—that is, although 98 percent of newborns are now screened for hearing loss, we continue to accept that hearing loss is a normal consequence of aging, despite links to social isolation, depression, and other related health conditions.

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Circadian Rhythm and Hearing

Circadian rhythms represent physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle. The master clock that controls circadian rhythms is called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). The circadian rhythm is endogenous, but also adjusted or entrained by local environmental cues (called zeitgebers, German for “time giver”); which include light, temperature, and redox cycles. 

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Detecting Hearing Loss, Vertigo Via Blood Tests

On the one hand, the ability to detect inner-ear proteins as biomarkers of hearing loss and vestibular dysfunction from blood samples is very promising, but on the other, how hard is it to get the more primary care physicians to refer for a hearing test?

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Washington Post Article on Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids

Last Sunday’s (8/14/2016) Washington Post article on hearing loss and hearing aids cites the NIDCD, HLAA, AARP, and PCAST, but none of the professional associations (including the Academy) were asked to comment on the topic. Dr.

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