Cystic Fibrosis and the Hearing Loss Connection

Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic, inherited disease which affects the lungs and digestive system from a defective gene and its protein produces unusually thick sticky mucus. Worldwide, 70,000 and nationwide 30,000 children and adults are affected.  Those with CF have their lungs clog which leads to life-threatening lung infections. This mucus can also obstruct the…

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Jet Fuel Combined With Noise Exposure Decreases Auditory Function

By Diana Holan, MS Hearing loss is the #1 disability for military veterans, which is attributed to acute or chronic exposure to excessive noise. However, studies from the last 20+ years have shown that working in excessive noise while inhaling toxic chemicals, including jet fuel, may be even more ototoxic than noise exposure alone. Such hearing…

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Welding Fumes and Hearing Loss, Here’s the Connection!

My brother took welding in high school and he loved to scare me with the mask the students used to protect their face and eyes.  We would also use the mask to see astronomical phenomena when we could not look directly at the sun.  That was the extent of my exposure to welding. Welding is…

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High Lead Levels Connected with Hearing Loss

Lead poisoning is horrible for many health reasons. It can cause encephalopathy, other brain problems, peripheral nerve problems, delayed neurodevelopment, reduced growth rate in children, bone loss in adults, change in behavior, vision problems, motor deficits, digestive system problems, and kidney problems. It can also lead to death. Heightened lead levels also affect the hearing of…

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Hearing Loss after a Liver Transplant?

This past week I had a patient who received a liver transplant over 3 years ago.  He went to a world-renowned clinic for the procedure and during his post-transplant follow up he took advantage of his location and obtained diagnostic evaluation and treatment of his perceived hearing loss.  As a clinician, I know what I say…

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When a Drug Reaction leads to a horrible TEN (Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis)

This week I am writing about Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), which came to my attention when one of our patients reported that he  has been dealing with this for the past year. TEN is a potentially life-threatening dermatologic disorder characterized by widespread erythema, necrosis  and bullous (blisters or bullae on the skin), a detachment of the…

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