Browsing Tag: Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss 40 Million Americans

The price you pay by going to rock concerts… next

Forty Million Americans Have Some Hearing Loss Due To Noise, CDC Says

Lenny Bernstein writing in the Washington Post reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that “forty million American adults have lost some hearing because of noise, and half of them suffered the damage outside the workplace, from everyday exposure to leaf blowers, sirens, rock concerts and other loud sounds.” Researchers found that “24 percent of adults had ‘audiometric notches’ – a deterioration in the softest sound a person can hear – in one or both ears.” The data “came from 3,583 people who had undergone hearing tests and reported the results in the 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).”

Comment: Rock on…

Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Screen for Hearing Loss

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Screening Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients for Hearing Impairments is Vital

Rachel Lutz writing for MD reported rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients should be screened for hearing impairments.

Researchers from Odense University Hospital in Denmark TK evaluated published clinical reports related to hearing impairment in patients with RA. Additionally, they aimed to determine possible pathologies and associated factors as well as new treatment modalities for RA patients with auditory deficit.

Patients with RA are at a higher risk for having a hearing impairment compared to healthy subjects over the course of the disease, the researchers extrapolated. The team also reported that the hearing impairment in RA patients appears to be a multifactorial condition, but they were unable to determine the mechanism of the injury and the relative risk factors.  Some of the factors include smoking, alcohol and noise, which can all deteriorate hearing abilities, they said. For RA patients more specifically, long term alcohol exposure could affect hearing loss and impact the cochlear function over time.

Comment: Interesting.

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