A national approach to noise induced hearing loss

A large multidisciplinary project is being undertaken in New Zealand to investigate the nature of occupational hearing loss and establish a national approach to prevent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in the country. The study builds on the work of Glenis Long whose has made an outstanding contribution to


U.S. military to be honored during Tinnitus Week

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The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) will salute the U.S. military and veterans as part of National Tinnitus Awareness Week (TAW) which will be held May 19-23. Members of the military suffer from tinnitus disproportionately from the rest of the civilian population, according to the association. For the past five years, tinnitus has been


Women Who Address Hearing Loss Enjoy Better Quality of Life

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Addressing hearing loss helps women stay physically, cognitively, and socially active, according to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI).

Research shows that hearing loss is frequently associated with other physical, mental, and emotional health conditions, and that women who address their hearing loss often experience


Automatic subtitling of YouTube aids interaction with deaf users

The popular video sharing site YouTube now has an automatic subtitling feature which boosts the multimedia experience for deaf users. Since November, the web site has subtitling available in ten languages. The already-in-use English, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish have been joined by German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Dutch. The subtitling feature


May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

“Helping people communicate” will be the theme of this year’s Better Hearing and Speech Month in the United States. “Communication disorders decrease quality of life, across all ethnic and socioeconomic lines, and impose a significant social and economic burden upon individuals, their families, and the communities in which they live,” says James F. Battey, Jr, Director


Hearing help out of reach for most in Pakistan

The prevalence of hearing loss in Pakistan is 1.6 percent per 1,000 population and rising, according to an ENT surgeon at Allama Iqubal Medical College/Jinnah Hospital. Professor Rashid Zia says that 70% of the country’s population is facing challenges of hereditary hearing loss. The WHO estimates that 278 million people worldwide have a disabling hearing impairment and this could increase


New York Times editor lied about hearing loss: Book

Katherine Bouton got tired of lying about her hearing loss and faking her way through life. A former editor at the New York times, Bouton, 65, has documented her struggles in a new book, Shouting Won’t Help: Why I – and 50 Million Other Americans – Can’t Hear You.

Today, she routinely lets people know that she is profoundly deaf in one ear and very


Noise induced hearing loss

Permanent, noise-induced hearing loss is the chief health hazard in occupational and recreational situations, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Of the 30 million reported cases of hearing loss in the United States, one third is related to noise exposure. Noise-induced hearing loss involves the degeneration and irreparable loss of cochlear hair cells, which leads to auditory threshold deterioration. Noise can act as a mechanical stressor by overstretching inner ear tissues. If noise is too intense, it can also lead to vascular constriction, which reduces


Who Has the Loudest Fans?

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Do you ever wonder what baseball teams in America have the loudest baseball fans? Starkey Technologies offers up this “unscientific” assessment.

1. San Francisco Giants

The reigning World Series Champions are well-known for having some of the loudest and rowdiest fans, particularly during their playoff runs. In fact, national sportscaster and World Series play-by-play man Joe Buck even declared Giant’s AT&T Park the “loudest I have ever been in” during the 2012 World Series!

2. Minnesota Twins

Okay, perhaps a “homer” pick for the team closest to Starkey Hearing Technologies’ corporate headquarters! However, there is no


Dyslexia and hearing loss

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Researchers at Northwestern University may have discovered a link between dyslexia and hearing.

The Chicago researchers recorded the brainwaves of 100 children with normal hearing, aged six to 13. Using scalp electrodes, they measured the children’s neural responses as they listened to the syllables “ba” and “ga”.

The brainwaves of dyslexic children showed erratic patterns, indicating the children