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The risk of dementia is increased for older adults with hearing loss, according to a study published in the  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society . Hilary R. Davies, PhD, from University College London, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study involving adults aged 50 years and older to examine the correlation between hearing loss and incident physician-diagnosed dementia. Cross-sectional associations

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It was once thought that hearing loss in older women might be linked to loss of estrogen and progesterone following menopause and that hormone therapy might reduce that risk. Recent results from the Nurses' Health Study II indicate just the opposite — that late natural menopause and the use of oral hormone therapy are linked to a higher risk of

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Although there was an increase in the percentage of U.S. youth ages 12 to 19 reporting exposure to loud music through headphones from 1988-2010, researchers did not find significant changes in the prevalence of hearing loss among this group, according to a study published by  JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Even mild levels of hearing loss in children and adolescents

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The MDMA studies over the past two years have involved a small number of participants in placebo-controlled trials.  Participants were given a small dose of MDMA or a placebo and monitored over a four-hour time period. They were not given enough MDMA to feel 'high', but many reported an easing of tinnitus after three hours.  Participants who felt benefits also reported those same effects were maintained for

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People who experience hearing loss could be at greater risk of memory and thinking problems later in life than those without auditory issues, research suggests. The study focused on people who were at risk of Alzheimer’s disease, revealing that those who were diagnosed with hearing loss had a higher risk of “mild cognitive impairment” four years later. “It’s really not

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Voting is now open for the 2017 Oticon Focus on People Awards at www.oticon.com/FOP. People are invited to cast their votes for the 12 finalists who represent the "best of the best" from this year's nominations in each of four categories – Student, Adult, Advocacy and Practitioner. The total number of votes received by each finalist will help to determine who

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Two researchers at UConn School of Medicine have developed a new hearing test that can identify hearing loss or deficits in some individuals considered to have normal or near-normal hearing in traditional tests. Many adults report difficulties hearing in everyday situations, despite having their physicians or audiologists tell them that the results of their hearing tests are normal or near-normal.

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ZPower, the world’s only developer of rechargeable, silver-zinc microbatteries, announces its collaboration with the hearing aid manufacturer Oticon to make the award-winning Internet-connected Oticon Opn™ hearing aid rechargeable. Rechargeable hearing aids are among the top features sought by hearing aid users. According to a study of over 500 hearing aid users, 70 percent said they want rechargeable hearing aids even

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Sound Pharmaceuticals (SPI) is pleased to announce that it has completed enrollment on its first Meniere's disease (MD) clinical trial. MD is a neurotologic disease that involves episodic vertigo, fluctuating sensorineural hearing loss, and intermittent or constant tinnitus, and is thought to be due to a swelling or inflammation of the inner ear. Patients with MD may also complain of

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Prolonged exposure to loud noise alters how the brain processes speech, potentially increasing the difficulty in distinguishing speech sounds, according to neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Dallas. In a paper published in  Ear and Hearing , researchers demonstrated for the first time how noise-induced hearing loss affects the brain's recognition of speech sounds. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) reaches

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