Noise

Noise

Can’t Hear Because of this Ringing!

A very common complaint among tinnitus patients is that their hearing is compromised by the presence of tinnitus. If the tinnitus could be cured then they would hear just fine. Recently, Oosterloo et al (2020) sought to address this issue.

Using data from the Rotterdam Study, a population-based cohort study on aging, they compared participants reporting tinnitus to those without tinnitus in subgroups stratified for hearing thresholds on the digits in noise test.

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Academy Recommends Protecting Your Hearing from Loud Outdoor Noise Exposure

Loud lawn equipment, fireworks, gunfire...

As summer nears, the American Academy of Audiology is warning the public to protect its hearing when exposed to loud outdoor sounds—from fireworks to lawn equipment to road equipment, blasting and gunfire, many of these are dangerous for hearing.

As temperatures increase across the country and more regions open up to outdoor shopping and dining, more Americans will be spending a greater amount of time outdoors. At the same time, the numbers of Americans facing hearing loss is at a record high and rising annually.

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Blast Exposure and Auditory Processing

Auditory problems are the most common service-connected disability (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2019) and the fourth leading cause of medical referral for Veterans of the United States military (McIlwain et al, 2008). 

Topic(s): blast exposure, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, Noise, veterans

There’s an App for That

The University of Michigan is rolling out a new Apple app for a hearing study that will measure the user’s environmental and headphone sound exposures over time. 

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A New Way to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Iowa may have discovered a new way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.  

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Academy Launches Music and Hearing Research Grant and Consensus Document

In April 2020, the American Academy of Audiology launches its newest grant program to support research relative to the prevention and treatment of hearing loss in musicians. The Music and Hearing Research Grant program will support research studies to add to the body of knowledge that will shape best practices in this area of audiology practice.

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Ambient Noise: The Not-So-Silent Killer

The authors of this article from the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America report that ambient noise may be the “new secondhand smoke.”

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Noise Alert PSAs in Time Square

The National Center for Environmental Health’s (NCEH) noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) initiative has hit the big times…Times Square

The public health messages are clear… Protect Your Hearing!

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Compilation of Articles on Noise, Environment, and Society

The current version of Acoustics Today presents a nice compendium of articles on various aspects of the interaction between environmental noise, the human contribution, the effect on other species, and possible long-term effects.

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Sudden Hearing Loss: Audiologist Important Role

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has just published Clinical Practice Guideline: Sudden Hearing Loss (Chandrasekhar et al, 2019). The purpose of the guideline is to provide clinicians with updated evidence-based recommendations in the evaluation and management of patients with sudden hearing loss, in particular idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss.  

Some highlights include the following:

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