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Compared to full-term children, there is an increased incidence of hearing loss and visual impairment among moderately- and late-preterm infants, according to a study published online July 17 in  Pediatrics . Mikko Hirvonen, M.D., from the Central Finland Health Care District in Jyväskylä, and colleagues compared the incidences of sensory impairments among very-preterm (VP; <32 + 0/7 weeks), moderately-preterm (MP;

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"Put your listening ears on!" frustrated parents often say. But some kids aren't deliberately tuning out Mom and Dad—they really can't hear them. If you suspect your child has a hearing problem, get it checked out, experts advise. Even minor hearing loss can affect a child's ability to learn and also lead to other problems. "A child with just minor

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Having a history of migraines may play a role in the development of cochlear disorders, according to new research published in  JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery . Observing 5000 participants, researchers determined that migraines were associated with an increased risk of developing a cochlear disorder, such as tinnitus, sensorineural hearing impairment, or sudden deafness. While headaches are the most commonly associated

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In March, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a new safety and health bulletin in conjunction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The bulletin, Preventing Hearing Loss Caused by Chemical (Ototoxicity) and Noise Exposure, is not a standard or regulation, but it does provide important information for workers and employers to help safeguard people’s hearing.  

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Seven out of ten female preschool teachers suffer from sound-induced auditory fatigue, one out of two has difficulty understanding speech and four out of ten become hypersensitive to sound. This is a considerably higher share than among women in general and also higher than in occupational groups exposed to noise, according to research at Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden. "We have an

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Exposure to tobacco smoke prenatally and postnatally was associated with hearing impairment in a  Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology  study of young children in Japan. In the study of 50,734 children aged 3 years who were born between 2004 and 2010, 3.8% were exposed to smoking only during pregnancy; 15.2% were exposed in utero to only maternal past smoking; 3.9% were

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At least 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year, OSHA reports. In 2017, employers were required to pay $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise. OSHA also estimates that approximately $242 million is spent on workers’ compensation claims for hearing loss. Long-term exposure to hazardous noise, a single instantaneous high noise

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Hearing loss affects approximately 48 million Americans. Some evidence suggests that diet may influence risk of hearing loss. Previous studies have looked at how specific nutrients affect risk, but the relation of overall diet and risk of developing hearing loss was unclear. In a new study, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital examined the relation between three different diets and

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Hearing aids may mean fewer visits to the hospital for seniors, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 1,300 adults aged 65 to 85 with severe hearing loss, and found that only 45 percent of them used a hearing aid. Those who did use a hearing aid were less likely to have gone to an emergency room

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The feelings of unusual sound and sensation in the inner ear, often called tinnitus, is a common symptom that bothers 20 percent of the world’s population. The discomfort caused by this disorder makes it one of the most frequent complaints heard by otolaryngologists.  It is not a medical condition on its own, but could be an indication of an underlying

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