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New UK Study Suggests Long-Term Exposure to Traffic Noise May Impact Weight Gain

Transport noise is a major problem in Europe, with over 100 million people living in areas where road traffic noise exceeds levels greater than 55dB, the health-based threshold set by the EU. A new study by the University of Oxford and the University of Leicester has found a connection between traffic noise and obesity. Long-term…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Wind Turbines: Noise and Health

Editor’s Note:  Today Hearing News Watch brings readers a special post, written by contributors Jerry Punch, PhD and Richard James, INCE, discussing their new article published at the HHTM Journal.   By Jerry Punch, PhD and Richard James, INCE, BME We authored an earlier three-part series of articles on the topic of the effects of wind turbine…

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