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Hearing impairment is associated with significantly poorer physical function and faster declines in physical function among older people over time compared with those with normal hearing, according to a study published online June 25 in  JAMA Network Open . Pablo Martinez-Amezcua, M.D., Ph.D., from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, and colleagues used data from the

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A new study led by a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher underscores the importance of screening adolescents with hearing loss for depression and anxiety. Early identification and intervention for mental health disorders is crucial for adolescents since it can impact speech and hearing outcomes, school performance, and work productivity, added Dr. Cejas. "For patients with hearing loss,

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According to the CDC, 50–60% of hearing loss in babies is due to genetic causes. However, there are also a number of things in the environment that can cause hearing loss. In some cases, hearing loss is caused when both genes and the environment work together. A new mouse study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the

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A new model by University of Manchester researchers has proposed a way to prevent hearing loss in older people by addressing socioeconomic inequalities encountered while young. Published in  Trends in Hearing , the model could impact on the estimated 466 million people worldwide who have disabling hearing loss, mostly affecting the elderly. The study is the first to examine the mechanisms and

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Osteoporosis and low bone density (LBD) contribute to age-related hearing loss, according to a study published online May 24 in the  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society . Sharon G. Curhan, M.D., from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues conducted a longitudinal cohort study involving 60,821 and 83,078 women in the Nurses' Health Study (NHS) and Nurses' Health

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Some patients  reported  a sudden hearing loss after receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Researchers at  Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine investigated  the cases and published their results in  JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery . Their preliminary conclusions are that the messenger RNA vaccines (mRNA) by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna did not cause the hearing loss. Based on the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System

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Researchers are trying to study the link between COVID-19 and long term side effects, including tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Dr. Richard Tyler at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics said one of his patients with tinnitus experienced worsened conditions after contracting the virus. In March, the International Journal of Audiology published a study that found nearly 15 percent

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With speech and language disorders among the most common conditions that young children experience, DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is encouraging parents and caregivers to learn the signs of communication disorders — and seek an evaluation now if they have any concerns. The message is a timely one, as May is national “Better Hearing

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Some viruses, such as measles, mumps and meningitis, can cause hearing difficulties, but what about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? In the first few months of the pandemic, a rapid systematic review of COVID-19 and hearing difficulties revealed a possible link between COVID-19 and audio-vestibular symptoms (hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo). However, both the quantity and quality of the early studies were

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Cases of sudden hearing loss increased during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study comparing admissions to ear, nose and throat (ENT) services before and during the outbreak. The study was carried out by three otolaryngology specialists, Assoc. Prof. Vural Fidan, Dr. Handan Koyuncu and Dr. Yaşar Okan Akın, and published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Otolaryngology. While

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