Football and hearing issues came together for the Super Bowl

By David H. Kirkwood EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—There were a lot of hearing angles to the 2014 Super Bowl, played last Sunday in New Jersey. For one thing, there was the Seattle Seahawks’ much heralded (and much criticized) “12th Man,” as the team’s incredibly noisy legion of fans came to be known. As noted by ASHA’s Joe…

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Study suggests that sound therapy may help protect ears against cancer drugs

ROCKVILLE, MD—Next to being exposed to excessive noise, one of the most common causes of irreversible hearing loss in people of all ages is exposure to chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer. Cisplatin and the aminoglycoside antibiotics, two classes of drugs commonly used with cancer patients, are both toxic to mechanosensory hair cells, the receptor…

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Pity the French horn player

By David H. Kirkwood For reasons that are difficult to fathom, news of a research study showing that French horn players are the classical musicians most likely to suffer from noise-induces hearing loss has gone viral. All over the media, from NPR to Classic FM, from US News & World Report and the Huffington Post…

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Study finds that excessive headphone use can make young adults hear like their elders

NEW YORK—There have been many warnings and anecdotal reports recently about the damage that listening to headphones can inflict on the human auditory system. Now, there are some hard data from America’s largest city showing that the warnings are justified. According to Hearing Problems and Headphone Use in New York City, a document released July…

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Hearing loss from IEDs may be treatable someday, Stanford researchers suggest

STANFORD, CA—Research by scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine has raised hopes that apparently permanent hearing loss resulting from loud explosions may be reversible in the future. If their initial findings are confirmed, soldiers exposed to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and others who suffer damage from sources such as jet engines, car air bags,…

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Occupational hearing loss poses a growing crisis for China

BEIJING–As was reported on this blog last week, WHO (the World Health Organization) estimates that there are 360 million people in the world with disabling hearing loss. Undoubtedly, a large percentage of them are in China, whose population of 1.35 billion is the largest of any nation and nearly a fifth of the entire human…

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Defense Dept. awards $1.2 million for research on NIHL treatment/ prevention

SPRINGFIELD IL—Kathleen C.M. Campbell, PhD, one of America’s leading researchers on the causes of hearing loss and ways to address  it, has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for a study to determine optimal dosages and timing of dosages of D-methionine (D-met) for protection and rescue from noise-induced hearing…

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Canada awards high honor to Marshall Chasin, one of Hearinghealthmatters’ own

This Hearing News Watch item was updated on August 6. TORONTO–Marshall Chasin, AuD, editor of the Hear the Music blog at Hearinghealthmatters.org, has been awarded the Canadian Governor General’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Volunteer Services. This high honor recognizes the Toronto-based audiologist for his outstanding voluntary contributions to the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. The…

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Study finds a majority of teens reported reduced hearing after a rock concert

LOS ANGELES—By now, most Americans, teenagers included, have probably heard that exposure to loud music can be hazardous to their hearing. Yet a study by the House Clinic provides specific and alarming information about just how hazardous attending a rock concert can be. In a presentation last month to the 2012 Meeting of the American Otologic…

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Hearing loss awareness campaign features words and music by Sting and Chris Botti

NEW YORK—The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEE) launched a national media campaign this week to focus attention on the serious problem of hearing loss, which affects the lives of an estimated 36 million Americans. And signing on to help NYEE get its message across is the world-renowned trumpeter and composer Chris Botti. In…

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