Thirty-six million Americans have hearing loss. Exposure to noise is the culprit in one of three of these people. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the result of damage to the hair cells in the inner ear. These hair cells convert sounds that we hear into electrical signals that travel to the brain. If these cells… Continue reading Genetic Susceptibility to Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
It’s that time of year again – toys and all of their noise! What to know and what to do about noisy toys kids get this Christmas. The holiday season is here and with it, toys, toys, and more toys. Catalogs of them arrive by mail. Stores have fully stocked shelves of them. Friends and… Continue reading Toys Bring the Noise
When we think of noise induced hearing loss, we typically have the adult population in mind. Much of the literature and online information regarding this topic revolves around the same age population. A much-neglected area of discussion, however, is the risk of noise induced hearing loss at a young age. Traditionally educational programs around hearing loss… Continue reading Improved Hearing Later Starts Early
The opportunity to immerse yourself in total silence comes rarely these days. Even if one takes great lengths to eliminate environmental noise, there’s always something going on in the background. Just think of the variety of noises we expose ourselves to each day in the course of living our lives: barking dogs, lawn mowers, leaf… Continue reading The Impact Of Environmental Noises On Hearing Health
The chances are that if you attend a rock concert, an orchestra recital, or go to a jazz club, you will see musicians wearing earplugs. The reason is simple and probably obvious. Musicians wear earplugs to protect their hearing from irreversible hearing damage. The ability to hear well is vital to a musician, making earplugs… Continue reading Musicians Need Earplugs Too!