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Some newborns in the United States still aren't getting screened for hearing loss or congenital heart disease, a new report shows. "Newborn screening at birth is crucial to quickly identify infants at risk of hearing loss and congenital [inherited] heart disease so they can receive early intervention and follow-up care," said Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Finding these conditions early

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It was not uncommon for older adults to report mishearing a physician or nurse in a primary care or hospital setting, according to a study published by  JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery . The prevalence of medical errors is higher among older patients. Failures in clinical communication are considered to be the leading cause of medical errors. A previous study

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The risk of dementia is increased for older adults with hearing loss, according to a study published in the  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society . Hilary R. Davies, PhD, from University College London, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study involving adults aged 50 years and older to examine the correlation between hearing loss and incident physician-diagnosed dementia. Cross-sectional associations

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Although there was an increase in the percentage of U.S. youth ages 12 to 19 reporting exposure to loud music through headphones from 1988-2010, researchers did not find significant changes in the prevalence of hearing loss among this group, according to a study published by  JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Even mild levels of hearing loss in children and adolescents

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The MDMA studies over the past two years have involved a small number of participants in placebo-controlled trials.  Participants were given a small dose of MDMA or a placebo and monitored over a four-hour time period. They were not given enough MDMA to feel 'high', but many reported an easing of tinnitus after three hours.  Participants who felt benefits also reported those same effects were maintained for

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People who experience hearing loss could be at greater risk of memory and thinking problems later in life than those without auditory issues, research suggests. The study focused on people who were at risk of Alzheimer’s disease, revealing that those who were diagnosed with hearing loss had a higher risk of “mild cognitive impairment” four years later. “It’s really not

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Voting is now open for the 2017 Oticon Focus on People Awards at www.oticon.com/FOP. People are invited to cast their votes for the 12 finalists who represent the "best of the best" from this year's nominations in each of four categories – Student, Adult, Advocacy and Practitioner. The total number of votes received by each finalist will help to determine who

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Two researchers at UConn School of Medicine have developed a new hearing test that can identify hearing loss or deficits in some individuals considered to have normal or near-normal hearing in traditional tests. Many adults report difficulties hearing in everyday situations, despite having their physicians or audiologists tell them that the results of their hearing tests are normal or near-normal.

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Sound Pharmaceuticals (SPI) is pleased to announce that it has completed enrollment on its first Meniere's disease (MD) clinical trial. MD is a neurotologic disease that involves episodic vertigo, fluctuating sensorineural hearing loss, and intermittent or constant tinnitus, and is thought to be due to a swelling or inflammation of the inner ear. Patients with MD may also complain of

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Hearing aids just got much more convenient. Oticon, Inc. today introduced the advantages of a rechargeable battery and on-demand tinnitus management to its Internet-connected Oticon Opn™ hearing aid. These features, among others, allow wearers to hear better all day—even in the noisiest environments—while relieving the annoyance of tinnitus and enjoying all the benefits of Internet connectivity. Powered by Oticon’s exclusive BrainHearing™ technology,

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