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Medical Aspects of Hearing Loss

This portion of our website focuses on the medical aspects of hearing loss.

Psychological and Psychosocial Implications of Hearing Loss

Cochlear Implant Information

Here’s a good introduction to deafness, including types, causes, and treatment.

So how do we hear, anyway?

Ever wonder why hearing aids aren’t covered by medical insurance?Want to know what’s being done about that?

One of the medical aspects that is becoming increasingly important is an increased understanding of the causes of hearing loss.

Another medical area that’s demanding attention lately are potentialhearing loss cures.

One of the diseases most commonly associated with hearing loss isMeniere’s Disease.

People with hearing loss often suffer from a condition called tinnitus.

Audiology is the art of treating hearing loss, frequently through the application of hearing aids.

Recruitment refers to a condition in which sound which is only slightly louder than a very comfortable sound is perceived as painful. It’s a common condition among people with hearing loss.

One of the really positive trends in medical aspects of hearing loss is the movement to provide universal newborn hearing screening. Checking all infants before they leave the hospital helps to ensure early identification and treatment.

October 2002 – Here are some great tips on ear care and injury prevention

August 2003 – If you’re on Medicare, you probably know that you can’t just head over to your local audiologist and expect Medicare to cover it; you need a referral from your doctor first. A recent bill is attempting to change that.

January 2004 – Scientists have produced a new, super thin optical fiber that may soon allow doctors to examine the inner ear!

January 2005 – There’s a new organization called Hearing Health Network (HHN) that’s interested in your hearing health. It’s a collaboration between family doctors and hearing health professionals. Read all about it here!

October 2005 – Not hearing well is a certainly a difficult issue to deal with. It turns out that seniors may have additional communications problems beyond those caused directly by hearing loss.

January 2006 – Do you think a computer-based diagnosis tool would help doctors identify and treat hearing disorders? If so, you’ll be interested in the work being done in Australia.

February 2006 – Do the nurses that serve you have hearing loss?

February 2006 – Ear Candling: A Foolproof Method or Proof of Foolish Methods?

February 2006 – Researchers have discovered that the presence of a particular hormone is related how well people retain their hearing as they age.

February 2006 – Deafness Research UK has recently awarded a prize to a Cambridge University student for her work to develop an objective method to measure frequency regions with little or no hearing response.Here’s the press release.

February 2006 – New technology promises better hearing loss diagnosis

March 2006 – Ear infection vaccine developed

March 2006 – Why is the cochlea shaped the way it is?

March 2006 – If your child suffers frequent ear infections, you might want to consider the home monitoring device mentioned in this press release.

March 2006 – Kids With “Hearing Problems” May Suffer From CAPD

March 2006 – New research by the folks at Wake Forest indicates that an infant’s brain must learn to combine different kinds of sensory information (e.g. sight and hearing).

April 2006 – “Blackberry Thumb” Strikes

May 2006 – Artificial stapes was born in Memphis 50 years ago

May 2006 – Guidelines for Care, Diagnosis of Swimmer’s Ear

May 2006 – Most vertigo cases related to hearing problems

May 2006 – Help for Sore, Irritated, Infected Ears/Ear Canals

July 2006 – Slime-Like Substance Blamed for Chronic Ear Infections

August 2006 – Researchers Investigate Link Between Hearing Loss and Osteoporosis

September 2006 – Vaccine Aims to Wipeout Ear, Sinus Infections

October 2006 – Going deaf and blind happens simultaneously in old age

October 2006 – Arthritis, Diabetes and Heart Disease: Connected to Sensory/Neural Hearing Loss?

March 2007 – How Your Brain Hears

April 2007 – Dangerous Decibels – A Virtual Exhibit

June 2007 – Hearing Loss: A Different Experience for Women and Men

June 2007 – Auditory Nerve Implant Next Big Hearing Loss Breakthrough?

July 2007 – Meningitis Immunization Recommended for All Adolescents

August 2007 – Otoacoustic Emissions: Reducing and Preventing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

September 2007 – Lasting Neurological Processes Impacted by Mild Hearing Loss

December 2007 – Auditory Hallucinations or Musical Ear Syndrome

January 2008 – Many Kids Get Unnecessary Ear Tubes

January 2008 – Hearing Things: When Sounds Come Unbidden

September 2008 – New Hearing Scale Detects Hearing Loss in Elderly

October 2008 – Topics at international conference of ENT researchers

February 2009 – Heart Disease and Hearing Loss Share Risk Factors

March 2009 – Ear Candling Ineffective and Dangerous

March 2009 – Hearing Loss Not Well Documented in Electronic Medical Records

April 2009 – Have an Ear Infection? Maybe You Should See a Chiropractor!

May 2009 – Type, Degree, and Configuration of Hearing Loss

Sept 2009 – The Biological Mechanisms of Hyperacusis

Sept 2009 – Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome

Feb 2010 – Living with Single-Sided Deafness

April 2010 – BHI Encourages Medical Professionals to Include Hearing Health in Exams

July 2010 – Are Wind Turbines Detrimental to your Health?

October 2010 – BHI Illuminates Link Between ADHD and Hearing Loss

October 2010 – Recent Advances in Hearing Health Care and Research

December 2010 – American Adults Hear Better Than They Did 40 Years Ago

February 2011 – Tinnitus Treatment Can Help With Hyperacusis

May 2011 – Ruptured Eardrum May Not Require Surgery

June 2011 – Deaf People’s Retinas Contribute to Superior Vision

Sept 2011 – Mild Hearing Loss Linked to Brain Atrophy in Older Adults

September 2011 – Diagnosing Hearing Loss at a Fraction of the Time and Cost

October 2011 – Misophonia Receives Media Attention, Needs More Specialists

November 2011 – Exploring the maze of the cognition-audition connection