noise heart attack

Beyond Hearing Health: Living Near Noise Pollution Tied to Greater Risk of Heart Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Living in a noisy environment can be annoying, but it might also harm your health. People experiencing high levels of noise from cars, trains or planes were more likely to suffer a heart attack than people living in quieter areas, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 71st Annual…

Read More

Researchers Find Improved Attitudes Towards Hearing Health Among Farm Youths with Online ‘Booster’ Lessons

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN — Researchers at the University of Michigan are interested in changing the behavior of some 2 million farm youths affected by hazardous noise exposure and hearing loss in the United States. A study by the U-M School of Nursing found that incorporating hearing health education into an existing safety program increased the…

Read More
lrad acoustic device crowd control

ASHA Sounds Alarm About Potential for Serious Hearing Loss, Other Harm, From Use of LRADs for Crowd Control

ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND — The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is today issuing a warning to the public about the hearing and other health dangers posed by exposure to long-range acoustic devices (LRADs). Originally developed for the military, LRADs have been used in cities to communicate with and disperse large crowds—emitting sounds of up to 162 decibels.…

Read More
worlds loudest bird hearing loss

Loudest Bird in the World? Brazilian Bellbird Mating Call Breaks Record at Over 125 dB

AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS – Biologist Jeff Podos at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with Mario Cohn-Haft at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Brazil, report that they have recorded the loudest bird calls ever documented, made by dove-sized male white bellbirds as part of their mating rituals in the mountains of the northern Amazon. Details are…

Read More

BU Engineers Send Loud and Annoying Sound Back to Where it Came

Getting an MRI can be an extremely nerve-wracking experience. In addition to the confining space, the noise can be highly annoying and anxiety provoking. Fortunately, acoustic engineers at Boston University have created a possible solution. Relying on their mathematical prowess and 3D printing technology, Reza Ghaffarivardavagh and Xin Zhang developed an open, ring-like structure that…

Read More
noise exposure stroke heart attack

Chronic Noise Exposure May Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Conditions

Exposure to loud environmental noise might increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes by fueling the activity of a brain region involved in stress response. This response in turn promotes blood vessel inflammation, according to preliminary research to be presented this week in Chicago at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2018. The findings…

Read More
noise pollution second hand smoke

Noise is the New Secondhand Smoke

New York City, American’s largest metropolis, fields about 50,000 non-emergency, 311 calls each day, and the No. 1 complaint is noise. In a city whose cacophony can reach 95 dB in midtown Manhattan — way above the federal government’s recommended average of no more than 70 dB — the commotion over all that racket involves…

Read More
reducing icu noise

Quieting the ICU: Vanderbilt Researchers Develop Device That Digitally Filters Out Medical Alarm Sounds

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) may have found a way to improve patient outcomes in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) by creating a device that helps silence the loud audible medical alarms present in hospital rooms. Evidence over the years has shown that loud auditory medical alarms can be detrimental…

Read More
belgium hearing loss tinnitus

Belgian Prime Minister’s Hearing Damaged After Princess Fires Starting Pistol During Race

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — Following a busy week of hosting world leaders from the US, NATO and the European Union (EU), the Belgian Prime Minister’s (PM) decision to attend a 20 km run over the weekend in the nation’s capital is likely a choice he now regrets. While standing next to Princess Astrid of Belgium, the…

Read More