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17 September 2021

These Common Sounds Can Cause Permanent Hearing Loss

SHUTTERSTOCK Many Americans don’t worry about hearing damage because they don’t think they’re in loud neighborhoods. But the truth is live concerts and sirens aren’t the only threats. Experts recommend avoiding sounds louder than 70 decibels (about the volume of a vacuum cleaner) for long periods of time. Sounds louder than 85 decibels (about […]

14 September 2021

Why Remote Work Can Be Hard For Hard-Of-Hearing People

By Mark Ray, Next Avenue GETTY If you hate Zoom meetings, imagine how Heidi Carles, 56, of Bernville, Pa., feels. Carles, an auction lead, cataloger and photographer for an online auction company, has hearing loss, which makes videoconferencing challenging at best. Early in the pandemic, Carles often struggled during calls that included […]

09 September 2021

People With ‘Invisible Disabilities’ Are Being Left Out

After years abroad, Steffani Cameron returned to Ottawa to a disappointing welcome. Despite being hearing impaired, Cameron regularly enjoyed live theatre and, to mark her homecoming, she’d planned a night at the National Arts Centre. But without captioning, the threads of audio that reached Cameron’s hearing aids weren’t enough for […]

27 August 2021

Tinnitus & COVID-19: What To Expect & What To Do

Tinnitus occurs when you hear a noise that’s not coming from your surroundings. It’s often described as a ringing in the ears, but it can also have other qualities, such as buzzing, humming, or whooshing. Many people experience tinnitus. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates […]

24 August 2021

What I Learned From My Hearing Loss

Big birthdays breed reflection, and so it was a few months ago that I realized I have had hearing loss for almost half my life—probably longer since it often takes time for someone to notice their own hearing problems. I’ve been using hearing aids for less time—it took me a […]

19 August 2021

Hearing Loss Could Be A Cause Of Depression In Older People

University of Manchester researchers have discovered that hearing loss may act as a cause of depression in older people. And those in the lowest wealth groups, they found, had up to twice the relative risk of developing depression than those in the highest wealth quintiles, as hearing loss disproportionally affected […]

16 August 2021

I’m a sound technician…losing my hearing was devestating.

This is an opinion column by Swann Barrat, who is a professional sound technician in Vancouver.  My job is to listen — to hear the intricacies of sound, to mix beautiful pieces, and to hear the things that an average person wouldn’t even hear. That’s why losing my hearing was […]

13 August 2021

Sound and Silence Combo May Stall Permanent Hearing Loss

Their new study finds intermittent broadband sound played over an extended period of time preserved sensory cells in the ear, while also rewiring some of the central auditory system in the brain, helping preserve the ability to sense the timing of sounds. “By showing that the detection of sound is being preserved […]

10 August 2021

Caffeine, Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

What the research says about caffeine, hearing loss and tinnitus Contributed by Joy Victory, managing editor, Healthy Hearing August 9, 2021 Wondering how caffeine intake might affect your hearing, especially when it comes to hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears)? What about Meniere’s disease? So far, research has not […]

05 August 2021

My Daughter’s Hidden Disability

The author’s daughter, Camille, who has a reverse-slope hearing loss. (Heather Meyer) By Erin Schoen Marsh The Washington Post July 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. EDT With bright blue eyes and a head full of blond ringlets, 5-year-old Camille elicits the attention of strangers on a regular basis. The interactions often […]