Scientists Have Discovered The Protein That Enables Hearing And Balance

Scientists Have Discovered The Protein That Enables Hearing And Balance

Have you ever wondered exactly how your ear works, and how you’re able to hear? In biology class you probably learned the basics of hearing. Sound waves enter your ear, hit the ear drum, and cause vibrations in the fluid-filled cochlea, or inner ear. The cells of the inner ear pick up on this vibration, and send electrical signals to the brain that you interpret as sound. But scientists want to know more about the exact mechanism of hearing, and have recently discovered a protein that enables hearing and balance. Discovering Cells in the Ear Researchers at Harvard Medical School …

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Data Show Increase in Hearing Loss in Oil and Gas Drilling Sector

Data Show Increase in Hearing Loss in Oil and Gas Drilling Sector

Everyone knows that noise induced hearing loss is becoming more and more common. From noisy city streets to crowded amphitheaters and sports venues, our lives are full of loud sounds. Some jobs are more dangerous to your ears than others, and one recent study shows that hearing loss is increasing in the oil and gas drilling sector. Noisy Workplaces Many Americans are employed in noisy workplaces. Farms, factories, and fire halls are all very loud, and anyone working in manufacturing, emergency services, or construction risk hearing loss. When sounds are very loud, they damage the tiny cells in the inner …

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Staying Safe with Alzheimer’s Disease

Staying Safe with Alzheimer’s Disease

September is World Alzheimer’s Month! Every September Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) raises awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, and encourages seniors to do everything they can to reduce the impact of Alzheimer’s on their lives. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, there are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of developing dementia, or slowing its progress. These include maintaining a healthy diet, staying active, and treating your hearing loss.   Alzheimer’s Disease and the Brain Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common from of dementia, is a degenerative brain disease that attacks the neural networks …

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Protecting Your Hearing During Summer

Protecting Your Hearing During Summer Festival Season

No summer is complete without a few good summer festivals. Planning a family weekend at a music festival this month? We want you to have a blast without blasting your ears with too much noise, so here are a few tips on how to protect your hearing during summer festival season.   How Loud is Too Loud? When you think of summer music festivals, you probably think of amazing food trucks, stinky toilets, and crazy outfits. You’re distracted by the kids and rivetted by watching your favorite artist perform. What you might not think about is how loud the music …

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Falls & Accidents Are More Likely with Hearing Loss

Falls & Accidents Are More Likely with Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss of course affects our abilities to communicate with those around us, and we make adjustments to our communication in order to remain connected to friends, loved ones, and coworkers. Our hearing greatly impacts our abilities to navigate the world around us. When we have untreated hearing loss, then, we also need to make adjustments to how we physically move through the world in order to prevent tripping, falling, and other kinds of accidents.   Studies Linking Untreated Hearing Loss & Accidents The links between untreated hearing loss and physical mishaps have been confirmed by researchers at universities …

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How Different Generations Experience Hearing Loss

How Different Generations Experience Hearing Loss

Although the physiological roots of hearing loss can be explained through the biological sciences, the actual experience of hearing loss has a lot to do with social psychology. Each person experiences hearing loss through the filter of her or his social environment as well as the features of the individual mind. One of the ways we can think about these social environmental factors is the difference between generations. Generations are heuristics for grouping people together, and some common examples are “The Silent Generation,” “Baby Boomers,” “Generation X,” “Millennials,” and “Boomlets.” Each generation has features that bind them together socially, thought …

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Treating Hearing Loss Could Reduce Depression

Treating Hearing Loss Could Reduce Depression

Living with untreated hearing loss affects far more than just your ability to communicate with loved ones, enjoy friendships, and participate in your family life. Hearing loss impacts your social life, your work life, and your relationships, but even more than that, those with hearing loss are more likely to face social isolation, feel loneliness or hopelessness, and are also at a much higher risk of developing depression.   Communicating with Hearing Loss If you have hearing loss, you know communicating can be a real struggle. You used to share so many special moments with your loved ones, but not …

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Early Hearing Loss Could Lead to Dementia

Early Hearing Loss Could Lead to Dementia

Living with hearing loss is no walk in the park. You have trouble following conversations, can’t seem to focus, and have noticed that your relationships aren’t as good as they once were. You don’t always hear your alarm clock, and you know miss things when you’re driving. But did you know that hearing loss can also lead to dementia?   Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline Most of us take our hearing for granted. We listen to music with our headphones at maximum volume, attend sports events without hearing protection, and have no idea just how damaging daily traffic noise can …

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This Father’s Day, Improve Family Communication by Treating Hearing Loss

This Father’s Day, Improve Family Communication by Treating Hearing Loss

There are many reasons to treat hearing loss. Hearing loss occurs when sounds are unable to travel between the outer, middle, and middle ear. Sometimes this occurs because of biological reasons such as age related hearing loss, but there are environmental roots to hearing loss as well. This can include being around loud noises for short amounts of time, as could happen when around a loud explosion such as a firework, or over the course of long periods of time, as when a person is working in a factory or a place with loud machinery. The Effects of Hearing Loss …

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Hearing Loss and Fatigue

Hearing Loss and Fatigue

Anyone with untreated hearing loss can sympathize with this experience. You have been engaged in conversation with a number of people at a part or social gathering, some of who spoke loudly and others who spoke softly, such as children and those who talk in a high register. After straining to hear so many people for this time, you feel like you can barely make it home in one piece. Perhaps you even find yourself feeling exhausted in the middle of the party. You might be tempted to go home early because you have had such a fatiguing experience. It …

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