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Prolonged exposure to loud noise alters how the brain processes speech, potentially increasing the difficulty in distinguishing speech sounds, according to neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Dallas. In a paper published in  Ear and Hearing , researchers demonstrated for the first time how noise-induced hearing loss affects the brain's recognition of speech sounds. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) reaches

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Can a fish with a malformed jaw tell us something about hearing loss in mice and humans? The answer is yes, according to a new publication in  Scientific Reports . In one of the fascinating twists of evolution, the structures supporting the jaws of ancestral fish gave rise to three tiny bones in the mammalian middle ear: the malleus, incus,

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The  Center for Operator Performance  (COP) has revealed research that indicates some alarm tones standard on Distributed Control Systems (DCS) may be undetectable by older operators who have age-induced hearing loss, and particularly so in the presence of control room noise. A pilot study by Dr. John Casali and Dr. Kichol Lee of Virginia Tech University conducted spectral analyses of alarm sounds

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As people grow older, their ability to hear gradually decreases. This biological process leads to a sensorineural hearing disorder known as Age-Related Hearing Loss (ARHL) or Presbycusis. Presbycusis is the third most common chronic health condition among the elderly and it usually affects both ears equally. While men develop a high-frequency hearing loss, women mostly show a low-frequency hearing loss. Presbycusis

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The U.S. Army has accepted two 3M™ products to equip soldiers with hearing protection and auditory situational awareness. The 3M Personal Safety Division has received initial orders for more than 6,500 devices that include 3M™ PELTOR™ TEP-100 Tactical Earplug Kits and 3M™ PELTOR™ COMTAC™ III ACH Communications headsets, plus spare parts and accessories totaling more than $1.6 million. Deployment of these Tactical

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Hearing loss afflicts approximately 48 million Americans and the number is expected to increase as the population ages. Some previous studies suggested that menopause may increase the risk for hearing loss, presumably due to the reduction in circulating estrogen levels, and that postmenopausal hormone therapy might slow hearing decline by 'replacing' estrogen. To investigate the role of menopause and postmenopausal

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Researchers have been able to demonstrate the hereditary nature of certain forms of tinnitus. Bilateral tinnitus - that is, tinnitus in both ears - has been shown to depend on genetic factors, particularly in men. The twin study, which is published in the journal  Genetics in Medicine , was conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet together with colleagues from the

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Researchers have discovered that a protein implicated in human longevity may also play a role in restoring hearing after noise exposure.  The findings, where were published in the journal  Scientific Reports , could one day provide researchers with new tools to prevent hearing loss. The study reveals that a gene called Forkhead Box O3 (Foxo3) appears to play a role

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In an apparent first, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators have used genetic manipulation to regenerate auditory hair cells in adult mice. The research marks a possible advance in treatment of a leading cause of hearing loss in adults. The study appears today in the journal  Cell Reports . Loss of auditory hair cells due to prolonged exposure to loud noise, accidents,

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A cochlear implant is an electronic device capable of restoring hearing in a profoundly deaf person by directly stimulating the nerve endings in the inner ear. This technology enables people who have become deaf to be able to communicate orally again, even by telephone, and children born deaf to learn to speak and to benefit from normal schooling. However, results

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