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Vitamin B12 Deficiency Could Contribute to Tinnitus

A vitamin B12 deficiency is more prevalent in people who reach 60 years old and above. Have you been hearing a ringing in your ear? It could be a sign you’re lacking the nutrient. Vitamin B12 is found in the foods you eat. Normally, the protein is absorbed in the gut to be used by […]

New Cause of Age-Related Hearing Loss Discovered

For the past 60 years, it has been thought that age-related hearing loss, known as presbycusis, is driven primarily by damage to the stria vascularis, the cellular “battery” that powers the hair cell’s mechanical-to-electrical signal conversion. A new study of human ear tissues upends that thinking and identifies a new cause of age-related hearing loss—opening […]

Ear Infections Discovered in Remains from 15,000 Years Ago

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered evidence of ear infections in the skull remains of humans living in the Levant some 15,000 years ago. “Our research seeks to determine the impact of our environment on illnesses in different periods,” says lead author Dr. Hila May of the Department of Anatomy and Anthropology at TAU’s […]

Humans’ Ears Perk at Interesting Sounds Like Animals

Many animals, including dogs, cats and various species of monkeys, will move their ears to better focus their attention on a novel sound. That humans also have this capability was not known until now. A research team based in Saarland has demonstrated for the first time that we make minute, unconscious movements of our ears […]

What is Hidden Hearing Loss?

It can be frustrating for people who struggle to hear everyday sounds and conversations to undergo a hearing test and have it come back normal. They know something isn’t quite right with how they hear yet standard audiological testing doesn’t reveal that. This situation could indicate a problem known as hidden hearing loss.  Although it […]

Hearing Loss Linked to Gene Mutations

Mutations in the TGFBR1 gene, the underlying cause of some cases of vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (vEDS), may lead to hearing loss by preventing the formation of key sensory cells in the inner ear during development, a study in mice has found. The research also provided key insights into the factors driving the formation of these sensory cells, which may […]

Research Examines Impacts of Auditory Processing Disorder

The recommended practices for diagnosis and intervention for central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) are dynamic, undergoing review and refinement as new research emerges.1 These recommended practices have been developed by consensus groups within the American Academy of Audiology (AAA)2 and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),3 with careful consideration of the merits of various positions surrounding points of disagreement. […]

How Does Hearing Loss Impact the Brain?

Daniela Beckmann, Mirko Feldmann, Olena Shchyglo and Professor Denise Manahan-Vaughan from the Department of Neurophysiology of the Medical Faculty worked together for the study. When sensory perception fades The researchers studied the brain of mice that exhibit hereditary hearing loss, similar to age related hearing loss in humans. The scientists analysed the density of neurotransmitter […]