Phantom Noises Misinterpreted As Tinnitus During Periods Of Silence

Phantom noises that mimic ringing in the ears, associated with tinnitus, can be experienced by people with normal hearing in quiet situations, according to new research published in the January 2008 edition of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. The Brazilian study, which consisted of 66 people with normal hearing and no tinnitus, found that […]

Hearing Fine Tuned By Cholesterol

Levels of cholesterol in the membranes of hair cells in the inner ear can affect your hearing, said a consortium of researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University and Purdue University in a report in the print edition of The Journal of Biological Chemistry. Dr. William Brownell, professor of otolaryngology at BCM and his […]

Dangerous Toy Coverage Missing An Important Health Threat: Risk Of Hearing Loss

As consumers snap up electronic toys as gifts for all ages, another, very real danger is being overlooked, according to the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). To date, this health threat has been largely overlooked as news reports have focused on the lead content of toys, and other serious concerns. In its November 20, […]

Calling For Research Into Deafness

Research funding into deafness in the UK is around only one thousandth of the estimated lost productivity from hearing impairment. This and other deafness related issues are highlighted in an Editorial in this week’s edition of The Lancet. At a recent conference organised by The Royal National Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing […]

Your Hearing May Be At Risk, Says Harvard Men’s Health Watch

Call it acoustic trauma or noise-induced hearing loss. By any name, it’s the most important preventable cause of permanent hearing loss. Up to 28 million Americans have impaired hearing; for as many as a third, acoustic trauma is a significant contributor, reports the December 2007 issue of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. Acoustic trauma is a […]