Aug 23

Health Tip: Cleaning Out Earwax

(HealthDay News) — Earwax protects your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria, says Mayo Clinic. Latest Hearing News Blockages created by earwax often develop after people try to clean their ears with cotton swabs. This can push the wax deeper into the ear and cause serious damage. Mayo says wax removal is most safely done by a doctor. Copyright © 2019 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Jul 15

Summer Can Be Hard on Your Hearing

Latest Hearing News SATURDAY, July 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Some of the sounds of summer can pose a serious threat to your hearing. Outdoor concerts, fireworks, thunder, and lawn and garden equipment are among the things that trigger hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology warns. “Many summer activities are noisy and can result in hearing damage,” said Lisa Christensen, president of the academy and audiology program manager for Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. “The inner ear contains delicate hair cells which do not regrow,” she explained in an academy news release. “Once these are damaged by noise, the result is permanent hearing impairment. It’s important for people to use hearing protection when riding all-terrain vehicles, shooting firearms, using power equipment and tools, and attending large sporting events and concerts.” Noise above 85 decibels can damage … Continue reading

Jun 06

Health Tip: Headphones and Hearing Loss

(HealthDay News) — About 1 in 5 teens has some degree of hearing loss, says the American Osteopathic Association. Latest Hearing News Experts think many instances could be linked to headphone use. To avoid headphone-induced hearing loss, the association suggests: Listen to music at less than 60 percent of maximum volume. Listen to music for less than 60 minutes. Choose over-the-ear headphones over earbuds. If you have ringing, hissing or buzzing in the ear, visit a doctor immediately, the association says. Copyright © 2019 HealthDay. All rights reserved. QUESTION What is hearing loss? See Answer

Jun 06

Health Tip: Preventing Swimmer's Ear

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May 16

Scientists Working on Hearing Aid That Solves the 'Cocktail Party' Problem

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter Latest Hearing News WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Chances are if you’re over 60 it’s already happened to you: You’re in a crowded room and finding it tough to understand what your partner is saying a couple of feet away. It’s a longstanding hearing-loss issue known as the “cocktail party” problem. Conventional hearing aids still aren’t able to fix it — to separate out the talk you do want to hear from the background chatter you don’t. But scientists may be developing a device that can do just that. The device would rely on an emerging technology called “auditory attention decoding” (AAD). AAD cracks the cocktail party problem by simultaneously monitoring a person’s brainwaves and the sound around them. With that data in place, the new hearing device would triangulate which voice or sound … Continue reading

May 16

Suspect Your Child Has an Ear Infection? There May Soon Be an App for That

Latest Hearing News WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Can a smartphone app spot an ear infection? It did so with high accuracy in new research. Ear infections occur when fluid builds up behind the eardrum and gets contaminated. Though an ear infection can hurt and make it hard to hear, sometimes there are no symptoms and diagnosis can be difficult. This app uses a smartphone’s microphone and speaker and a piece of paper to detect fluid behind the eardrum. The app prompts the smartphone to emit a series of soft, audible chirps that are directed into the ear through a small paper funnel. Depending on the way the chirps are reflected back to the phone, the app determines the likelihood of fluid behind the eardrum. “It’s like tapping a wine glass,” said co-first author Justin Chan, a doctoral … Continue reading

May 02

'Buzzing' in Ear Alerted Boy to Very Unwelcome Visitor

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporter Latest Hearing News WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The Connecticut 9-year-old knew something was wrong. Three days after a routine day in the school playground, he felt something “foreign” in his right ear and persistent buzzing noises. Doctors who examined the boy’s ear at Yale-New Haven Hospital quickly ascertained the cause: An eight-legged visitor, a tick, had taken up residence on his eardrum, which was clearly inflamed. “Removal of the tick with guidance from an operative microscope was attempted in the office, but the tick could not be removed,” Drs. David Kasle and Erik Waldman reported in the May 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. So the boy (whose name was not released) was taken to surgery and placed under general anesthesia. This time, doctors could clearly see the tick’s feeding … Continue reading

Apr 19

Health Tip: Earache Home Care

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Jul 09

Ear Tubes

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Mar 15

Hearing Loss Joins Long List of Smoking Harms

Latest Hearing News THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You can add hearing loss to the many health risks of smoking, new research suggests. For the study, researchers analyzed eight years of health data on more than 50,000 people in Japan. After accounting for work-related noise exposure and other hearing loss risk factors, the investigators found that smokers were 1.2 to 1.6 times more likely to suffer hearing loss than people who never smoked. “With a large sample size, long follow-up period and objective assessment of hearing loss, our study provides strong evidence that smoking is an independent risk factor of hearing loss,” said study lead author Dr. Huanhuan Hu, from the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, in Japan. And the more people smoked, the greater their risk of both high- and low-frequency hearing loss. The increased … Continue reading