age related hearing loss

New Study Examines Downstream Consequences of Hearing Loss in Older Adults

It is well-founded that age-related hearing loss is not a benign condition. Clinicians intuitively know this because they encounter older adults, nearly every day in their practice, who experience a gradual decline in social engagement, among several other downstream consequences, that result from hearing loss. A recent study provides additional insight on this common clinical…

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Researchers Find Proteins That May Hold Key to Restoring Inner Ear Hair Cells

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND —  Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, report that they have identified a pair of proteins that precisely control when hair cells (sound detecting cells) are born in the mammalian inner ear. The proteins, described in a report published June 12 in eLife, may hold a key to future therapies to restore hearing in…

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New Study Shows Link Between Elderly Hearing Loss and Earlier Death

A September 24th article published in the online edition of JAMA-Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery provided data on the relationship between hearing impairment and all-cause mortality. Lead study author Kevin Contrera, MPH, and MD candidate, along with his colleagues at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, combined data from the National Health and Nutrition…

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Scientist, who overcame deafness, wins Presidential award for encouraging others to follow his path

  WASHINGTON, DC—J. Tilak Ratnanather, PhD, a scientist who was born deaf and has devoted himself to encouraging others with hearing loss to become scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, is one of 14 educators selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The awards, announced by the White House…

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Scientists see link between hearing loss and accelerated shrinkage of brain tissue

BALTIMORE, MD—Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute on Aging have found a correlation between hearing loss in older adults and a faster rate of shrinkage of the brain than occurs among people of the same age with better hearing. For their study, published in the journal NeuroImage, Frank Lin, MD, PhD, and…

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Older Americans with hearing loss have higher incidence of health problems

People age 70 or over with hearing loss are substantially more likely to have been hospitalized in the past year and to have had more days of self-reported poor health than their contemporaries with normal hearing. So report Dane J. Genther, MD, and colleagues in a Research Letter to appear in this week’s issue of…

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Scientists develop a ‘bionic ear’ with super-human power

  PRINCETON, NJ—Blending electronics and biology, scientists at Princeton University have used readily available 3D printing tools to create a functioning “bionic ear” that can detect radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal human capability. In a May 1 news release, John Sullivan of the Office of Engineering Communication at Princeton reported that the…

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Jacob’s Ride to raises awareness of hearing loss and $1 million to help those who have it

WASHINGTON, DC—For a baseball fan like Jacob Landis, opening week of the season is always a big deal. But this year will be extra-special, as the 24-year-old pizza baker from Annapolis, MD, will be part of the action. Starting tomorrow, April 3, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Landis will set off on a nearly…

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Researchers find hearing loss linked to faster cognitive decline in older adults

BALTIMORE–A study that followed nearly 2000 older Americans for more than a decade found that those with hearing loss had 30%-40% greater annual declines on measures of cognitive function than did those whose hearing was normal. Senior author Frank R. Lin, MD, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and nine…

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Hearing loss linked to heightened risk of falling, researchers say

BALTIMORE—People with even a mild hearing loss are nearly three times as likely to report having fallen in the preceding year than those in an otherwise comparable population who have normal hearing. And among people with more severe hearing loss the increased risk of falling appears to be even greater. So reported Frank Lin, MD,…

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