Test Newborn Hearing

The birth of a baby is a momentous and exciting experience. But as parents and family members bask in the joy of new life, it’s difficult to think about the possibility of the child having hearing difficulties. Medical research shows that diagnosing hearing problems at a young age improves the ability for deaf children to … Read Full Article

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Selective Hearing Is Real

There’s probably someone in your life that has moments of selective hearing. You talk to them when they’re right next to you and they don’t even hear you. But in a crowded room they can block out the noise and clearly hear one person’s conversation. Researchers studied these human behaviors and discovered how selective hearing works.

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Teen Hearing Loss Going Undetected

One in five young people ages 12 to 16 have hearing loss, according to a 2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Many have lost the ability to hear at high frequencies, but often the problem goes undetected due to limitations in traditional hearing tests.

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Brain Power: Turning Sounds Into Words

Your brain turns sounds into words instantaneously. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, studied the areas of the brain that recognize speech and discovered several amazing features. Sounds outside the brain are received and transferred into four regions, where they are processed into recognizable words:


How to Know When Ear-Tube Surgery Is the Best Option

An ear infection can be a miserable experience for a child (and parents). Doctors typically prescribe antibiotics to clear up the painful infection and usually this takes care of the problem. For children with recurring ear infections, medical professionals typically recommend ear-tube surgery. New guidelines indicate this may not be the best option.


3 Reasons to Turn Down the Volume

When you were growing up, your parents may have told you to “turn it down” when you listened to the TV or radio. Today’s young people are hearing these words, too, except the concern is about the sound level of their video games, tablets, MP3 players and smartphones. Generations ago, people were not aware of noise-induced hearing … Read Full Article


Improve Your Hearing in the Dark

Spending time in total darkness may improve your hearing. New research studies indicate that people may be able to enhance their hearing if they simulate blindness for a short period of time. Researchers at the University of Maryland and the Mind/Brain Institute at Johns Hopkins University studied the visual impact on adult rodents that were … Read Full Article


Grab Your Earplugs for that Concert

Tickets? Check. Cool outfit? Check. Extra cash or credit cards? Check. Earplugs? What!?! Why? At concerts, you get to hear your favorite songs performed up close and personal. But the sound levels may damage your hearing. Medical experts advise people to wear earplugs when going to a concert to avoid hearing damage. Medical professionals explain that … Read Full Article


Protect Hearing From Loud or Continuous Noises

Hearing loss often occurs when people are exposed to loud noises, such as an explosion or concert, but it also develops when they experience repetitive sounds. Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report that continuous sounds can damage inner ear hair cells and lead to the development of tinnitus or permanent … Read Full Article