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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Federal agencies team up to protect power plant workers’ ears from dam noise

ARLINGTON, VA–Three federal agencies have joined forces to turn down the noise generated by the nation’s dams and hydroelectric power plants. For this purpose, the Office of Naval Research, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced plans this week to use technology originally designed to protect U.S. Navy and Marine…

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USMC re-emphasizes hearing protection

CAMP PENDLETON, CA—Nearly half of all U.S. Marines have some degree of hearing loss when they leave the corps, according to Mike Tianen, an industrial hygienist at Base Camp Pendleton. Therefore, the official U.S. Marine Corps web site, www.Marines.mil, reported this week, the corps is stepping up efforts to prevent “the few and the proud”…

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Colorado audiologist cited for leadership in hearing conservation

NEW ORLEANS–The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has presented the Michael Beall Threadgill Award to Laurie Wells, AuD, manager of audiology for Associates in Acoustics, Inc., in Westminster, CO. The award was presented during NHCA’s 2012 conference held two weeks ago in New Orleans. Given annually since 1985, the Threadgill Award recognizes an individual whose…

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