July 18, 2011 |
Secondhand smoke is a menace to everyone exposed to it. Besides respiratory infections and lung cancer, it may lead to hearing loss in adolescents. A study published Monday examined data from 1,533 kids ages 12 to 19 who underwent hearing tests as well as blood tests to check their levels of cotinine, an indication of tobacco smoke exposure. The study participants were not smokers. The scientists, from New York University Langone Medical Center, found that kids who were exposed to secondhand smoke had higher rates of both low-frequency and high-frequency hearing loss.
November 14, 2011 |
One in five Americans has hearing loss. Yes, you heard that right. A study published Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine found that 20% of Americans over the age of 12 experience hearing loss in at least one ear. That figure surprised study leader Dr. Frank R. Lin, an assistant professor of otolaryngology and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Lin and his colleagues also found that nearly 13% of Americans suffered hearing loss in both ears.
March 21, 2011 |
Newborn hearing screening has been considered a valuable addition to newborn care over the last decade. The earlier children with hearing loss can be identified, experts say, the sooner they can begin therapies to learn sign language or be evaluated for cochlear implants. However, a new study shows that many children pass the screening test only to be diagnosed as hearing-impaired later on. The study, published Monday in the Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery , found that one-third of children who later received cochlear implants initially passed the newborn screening test.
December 28, 2010 |
"Teenagers are going to ruin their hearing with all that loud music. " We've all heard that admonishment, or something close to it. Now we get further proof that it's true, especially among teen girls. Researchers analyzed data on more than 4,000 adolescents, parsing it for trends in hearing loss. They found a particular type of hearing loss brought on by exposure to loud noise. Many numbers ensued. Here's the abstract published online Monday in Pediatrics if you want a taste.
October 19, 2009 |
As we have grown older, my husband and I have developed hearing problems: For me, hearing requires more effort, while he cannot hear sometimes in spite of any effort. We both complain that young people today talk too fast or swallow their words or don't look at us when they speak. And we have difficulty in large groups where there are multiple conversations and different voices and background sounds. I manage through paying close attention, even straining, when people speak, or relying on context to help me understand words I do not hear clearly.
March 1, 2011 |
If you're older, chances are you're at a higher risk for hearing loss -- in a recent study about 63% of adults over 70 had it. But the same study found that being black may have a protective effect. While about 64% of whites in the study showed some hearing loss, only 43% of blacks did. The study, published online recently in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences , analyzed data from a two-year cycle of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, an ongoing national health research program.