With the help of small, freshwater zebrafish, researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) have recently discovered that the otoferlin protein in congenitally deaf people has a mutation that causes profound deafness. They’ve also uncovered proof that this protein alters the growth and wiring of neurons that are vitally important to the central nervous system. The… Continue reading Can Zebrafish Research Help Rewire the Brain of the Congenitally Deaf?
When we think about the causes of hearing loss, we often think of common causes like aging or noise-induced hearing loss. A variety of conditions, injuries, and occurrences can lead to hearing loss, but some are very rare. While rare, they do occur and are a reality for some people. Here are four of the… Continue reading 4 Unusual Causes of Hearing Loss
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and we hope you are spending this day with someone you love. If you or your loved one is experiencing hearing loss, you know that this condition can affect your relationships. Hearing loss can seriously impact your relationships with friends, family members, and even your partner or spouse. Unfortunately, the… Continue reading How to Deal with Hearing Loss in Your Relationship
Starting a new year means many things, including a new healthcare plan or plan renewal. Regardless of whether you select a new plan or renew your existing plan, your mind is certainly directed towards the potential medical costs that could come up this year. Maybe you have some medical costs that you are already aware… Continue reading Untreated Hearing Loss Comes With Unexpected Problems—Like Higher Healthcare Costs
As we all know, Hearing Loss is incredibly common. In fact, it’s reaching epidemic proportions across the globe, prompting agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) to partner with their member states to develop programs targeted towards ear and hearing care. One of three between the ages of 65 and 74 will experience hearing… Continue reading Be Your Own Biggest Advocate: Why We Aren’t Taking Our Hearing Loss Seriously
Imagine getting a hearing test, and having it read normal, even though you still have trouble hearing. This dilemma is where people with hidden hearing loss or auditory synaptopathy find themselves. Hidden hearing loss is hearing loss that can’t be measured by a traditional audiogram. The results of the audiogram look much like a normal… Continue reading Hidden Hearing Loss And What You Can Do About It
Regardless of severity, hearing loss can present a wide range of complications in your day-to-day life. The deaf and hard of hearing community may struggle when it comes to emotional, academic, or social settings, as hearing loss can be an exhausting and sometimes frustrating barrier. Included alongside the technical issues of hearing loss such as… Continue reading How Social Isolation is Affecting Those With Hearing Loss At Higher Rates
Life-saving antibiotics may be one of the single greatest contributions to the scientific community since the creation of Penicillin in 1928 by Alexander Fleming. Responsible for saving millions of lives on an annual basis, the positives regarding antibiotics cannot be understated. But like all medication, side-effects can occur when taking antibiotics ranging from nausea, headaches,… Continue reading Hearing Loss Caused By Antibiotics? Inflammation in Mice May Hold the Key
If your parents ever told you to turn down the volume on the TV or radio to avoid “hurting” your ears, they were right. Exposure to loud noises – whether over time or due to a single, very loud noise – can indeed lead to hearing loss. In fact, according to surveys, it is estimated… Continue reading Groundbreaking New Study Could Bring New Hope to Tinnitus Patients
Did you know that nearly 50 million Americans have at least some hearing loss in one or both ears? Experts now say that between 2000 and 2015, the number of Americans with hearing loss doubled! It’s safe to say that you or someone you know has hearing loss and a hearing aid may be the… Continue reading I Think I Need Hearing Aids. Now What?