Loss of hearing is extremely common and often inevitable as we age, but researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear have discovered a new type of “hidden hearing loss”–in college-age human subjects. In other words, scientists have found a new diagnosis for hearing loss. Embed from Getty Images  Hearing loss is a common problem in America.  Image Source: … Read More

One in 10 Americans suffers from a loss of hearing that affects his or her ability to understand normal speech. Excessive noise exposure is the most common cause of hearing loss, especially for those from ages 21 to 35. The damage caused by noise, called sensorineural hearing loss or nerve deafness, can be caused by … Read More

Auditory perception, or hearing, is an amazing phenomenon. From listening to your favorite band live in concert to hearing a baby’s first words, your ears help you to fully experience incredible life events. The ear consists of several important structures that work together to convert noise signals from the environment into electrical signals that the … Read More

“Don’t listen to your music too loudly.” It’s a common warning. Although we are constantly surrounded by noise, everyday sounds are usually at safe volume levels that don’t affect hearing. However, loud noises, especially long-lasting ones, can cause serious damage to structures in the inner ear. This damage can result in noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). … Read More

Previously on ENT Weekly, we looked at congenital hearing loss and the ways that it is inherited. For immediate family, the diagnosis of congenital hearing loss leads to the immediate reaction of disbelief and denial. With advances in medicine and technology, however, the chances of acceptance are greater when looking at appropriate intervention methods. For … Read More

Most of us have heard the expression “hard of hearing”, and we’ve seen elderly folks acquire hearing aids as their abilities wear down over time. Naturally, we are accustomed to thinking that these difficulties that come with age are attributable to a loss of nerve connections or decrease of function in some areas of the … Read More

Ear infections, chronic strep throats, and allergies are the usual complaints that doctors see from their youngest patients. At the otolaryngology (ear-nose-throat) clinic that I work at, we provide clinical intervention ranging from antibiotics to corrective surgery. Following the trend of previous articles regarding hearing loss, we will explore the less common complaint of congenital hearing … Read More

Raising the volume on the television, ignoring your family members, and having difficulty hearing in loud settings are some of the early warning signs that a patient may have hearing loss. Other factors, such as a history of noise damage or ear infections as a child, may also predispose patients to an early onset of … Read More

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