Hearing loss news from Healthy Hearing

  • Do you have hearing loss and need to stay in the hospital? It can be a bewildering time for anyone, and communication barriers will only make it harder. Here's what to know in advance of your hospital stay.
  • While OTC hearing aids will be much lower in cost than prescription hearing aids, research shows hearing care is still important.
  • How can you tell if you have hearing loss? Only a qualified hearing health professional can tell you for sure, but here are five signs you may not be hearing your best.
  • Untreated hearing loss can strain relationships, especially marriages, because it significantly impacts day-to-day communication that's so essential to couples.
  • Your eyes are itchy and your nose is runny – typical for allergy season. But could your allergies also contribute to hearing loss? Get answers here.

Hearing News from The Hearing Review

  • HHTM announced the winners of its second annual Hearing Technology Innovator Awards. Through the annual awards program, HHTM honors technological innovation and achievement in the hearing industry. 
  • Signia announced it will preview Signia Aspire 3.0, an update to its loyalty benefits program, “designed to help hearing care professionals (HCPs) meet their business goals regardless of practice size.”
  • Very young children learn words at a tremendous rate. Now researchers at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis, have for the first time seen how specific brain regions activate as two-year-olds remember new words — while the children were sleeping.
  • The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington (KFHPW), resolved allegations from several complainants that it repeatedly failed to provide interpreters to patients who are deaf or deaf-blind, in violation of the “Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),” announced US Attorney Nicholas W. Brown. 
  • Starkey Chief Audiology Officer and Executive Vice President of Marketing Sara Burdak, AuD, will have a conversation live on Instagram with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) this week. The discussion will focus on hearing as an essential factor in overall health and wellness. Viewers can tune in at 6 PM Central Time on Wednesday, October 20 to the Instagram […]

Hearing loss news from ScienceDaily

  • Researchers have identified the mechanism that can lead to deafness in the rare syndrome, Norrie disease, which may lead to promising treatment targets for the incurable disease and other forms of profound hearing loss.
  • A team led by researchers has published an online interactive atlas representing the changes in the levels of RNA made in the different cell types of ears of mice, after damage due to loud noise. From this analysis, the research teams identified a handful of drug candidates that may be able to prevent or treat […]
  • Hearing conservation programs and policies aim to protect workers from noise-induced hearing loss, but it remains unclear whether stress reactions caused by noise exposure might also lead to other negative health outcomes. Researchers now describe how data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey do not support an association between loud noise exposure and changes in […]
  • Scientists have identified a natural barrier to the regeneration of the inner ear's sensory cells, which are lost in hearing and balance disorders. Overcoming this barrier may be a first step in returning inner ear cells to a newborn-like state that's primed for regeneration, as described in a new study. The study suggests new gene […]
  • There are striking similarities in the development of two types of specialized sensory cells: the so-called 'hair cells' that receive sound vibrations in the inner ear, and the Merkel cells that sense light touch at the surface of the skin. These developmental similarities are a legacy of shared evolutionary history.

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Hearing loss facts

Hearing loss is a global and national health crisis. It is an often misunderstood disability that has some very inaccurate stigmas attached to it. For the majority affected by hearing loss, the main difficulty comes from a lack of clarity of speech, especially when there is any background noise.

Hearing Loss does not only affect the elderly

  • According to the World Health Organization, over 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss.
  • One in six Australians is affected by hearing loss. With an ageing population, this is expected to increase to one in four by 2050. 
  • Of the one in six affected, most  believe their own hearing is fine. Around two in five say their hearing is “very good” or “almost perfect”, while one in four say their hearing is below average.
  • Only 20% of the Australians who could benefit from a hearing aid actually use one.
  • Nearly 40% of the hearing loss experienced by individuals was caused by Noise-induced Hearing Loss; this is preventable and repeated exposure to loud noise.
  • In 2010, the National Acoustic Laboratories published the Binge Listening Report which revealed young Australians have a greater risk of acquiring a hearing loss through their leisure activities, (listening to music through headphones, regularly going to nightclubs and live music concerts)
  • Nearly half of Australians is affected by hearing loss were working age (16-64 years)
  • It roughly takes seven to 10 years, on average, before someone with hearing loss seeks treatment for it.

The effects of untreated hearing loss

Studies have linked untreated hearing loss effects to:

  • Irritability, negativism and anger
  • Fatigue, tension, stress and depression
  • Avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
  • Social rejection and loneliness
  • Reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
  • Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
  • Reduced job performance and earning power
  • Diminished psychological and overall health

Words describing deafness and hearing loss

There are no rights and wrongs about the words used to describe a person’s hearing loss. However, generally accepted definitions are as follows:

  • Deafened – people who were born with hearing and have lost most or all of their hearing later in life.
  • Hard of hearing – people who have lost some but not all hearing.
  • deaf (lower case ‘d’) – people who have hearing loss; they may be born deaf or become deaf. They mix well in the hearing world and may communicate orally and may also be users of sign language.
  • Deaf (upper case ‘D’) refers to people who are members of the Deaf community and who communicate almost exclusively with sign language.
  • Hearing impaired – anyone with any level of hearing loss.
  • Acquired hearing loss – people who were born with hearing but have lost some or all of their hearing.
  • Congenital hearing loss – born with hearing loss which may become progressively worse

There a number of noteworthy past and present people in music, movies, and media who suffer from hearing loss