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3M to Pay U.S. Military $9 Million for Defective Earplugs

St. Paul, Minnesota-based company 3M agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold the U.S. military defective earplugs. As part of the settlement, 3M did not admit liability. According to a July 27 Military Times report, 3M allegedly sold its dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, to the Defense Logistics Agency…

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GN Announces Development of New Communication Device for Soldiers in Combat

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Hearing aid maker, GN Store Nord, announced today that it has developed a new hearing protection device that allows soldiers to communicate on the battlefield, while also protecting their hearing. GN says that it will begin participating in military tenders in the US and with other NATO-countries this year, but says the…

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New Device Developed for Somasensory Tinnitus

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN — Researchers at the University of Michigan’s Kresge Hearing Research Institute recently developed a device for individuals suffering from annoying or debilitating tinnitus. Led by Susan Shore, PhD, the experimental intervention combines auditory and mild electrical pulse stimulation that offers promise as a neurologic approach to treating the incapacitating effects of tinnitus.…

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Study finds Sensorion’s Investigative Drug Prevented Cisplatin-Induced Hearing Loss By More Than 50 Percent

MONTPELLIER, FRANCE — French biotech firm, Sensorion, announced the upcoming publication this week in the Journal of Otology & Neurotology of a new study showing oral clinical-stage SENS-401 (the company’s investigative drug) significantly prevented cisplatin-induced hearing loss in preclinical models. Cisplatin, a commonly-used chemotherapy agent to treat various forms of cancer, causes significant levels of…

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After Passage of Tennessee Hearing Protection Act, Residents Now Allowed to Use Firearm Silencers

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE — The Tennessee Hearing Protection Act of 2017 officially went into effect on July 1st, after passing through the state legislature this year. No longer banned in the state, Tennesseans can now use firearm suppressors (silencers) on their guns. Backers of the legislation say its going to help protect the hearing of hunters…

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Study: Sodium Thiosulfate Treatment Significantly Reduces Chemotherapy-Induced Hearing Loss in Children

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — According to a new study, investigators at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and 37 other Children’s Oncology Group hospitals in the U.S. and Canada have found that sodium thiosulfate helps prevent cisplatin-induced hearing loss in children with cancer. Results of the randomized, controlled, phase 3 study, were published in this month’s…

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Over 4,000 Firefighters File Lawsuit Against Siren Manufacturers Over Hearing Loss

NEW YORK CITY – in the New Jersey and New York City area, over 4,000 firefighters are filing suit against truck siren manufacturers over claims of permanent hearing loss as a result of years of exposure to the sirens. Many of the veteran firefighters, who have been exposed to the loud sirens for years, have…

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Startup Gets $52 Million Investment to Develop Drug Treatment for Hearing Loss

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – Third Rock Ventures, a biotechnology-focused venture capital firm located in Boston, announced the launch of a new startup company with the sole purpose of treating hearing loss. The new company, Decibel Therapeutics, raised $52 million dollars in Series A funding for its launch, with investment from Third Rock Ventures and SR One—the venture capital arm of…

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Dangers of Hearing Loss from Earbud Use Highlighted on National TV

NEW YORK — NBC’s Today Show, a staple of morning television for more than 60 years, recently featured a segment on the increase in noise-induced hearing loss among children and young adults using earbuds. The segment mentioned a February, 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) warning that more than 1.1 billion teens and young adults are at-risk…

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OSHA says, company exposed worker to 8 hours of noise as loud as a jackhammer

WESTON, OH—The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has charged that MCM Precision Castings, Inc., exposed an employee to noise levels averaging 97 dB, equivalent to the noise of a jackhammer, over his eight-hour shift. According to an OSHA news release issued on January 17, an inspection of the company’s foundry in Weston, OH,…

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