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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 […]

Study Examines Drug that Blocks Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Loud noise can damage the inner ear and cause hearing loss. Studying mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Iowa have shown that a drug compound can block damage caused by loud noise, raising the possibility of medication that prevents noise-induced hearing loss. The study is published […]

Research Examines Impacts of Age-Related Hearing Loss on Brain Scans

Interest is growing in the association of hearing loss with other health conditions, especially cognitive disorders such as dementia. In addition, health care providers, in general, are being asked to routinely screen patients for common problems associated with aging, including cognitive impairment. But can hearing loss invalidate these measures? If the measures that are used […]

Research Shows Dogs Can Develop Hearing Loss

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Just like humans, dogs are sometimes born with impaired hearing or experience hearing loss as a result of disease, inflammation, aging or exposure to noise. Dog owners and K-9 handlers ought to keep this in mind when adopting or caring for dogs, and when bringing them into noisy environments, says Dr. Kari Foss, […]

Link Discovered Between Ototoxic Drugs & Hidden Hearing Loss

The term “hidden hearing loss” refers to a form of hearing impairment in which a subject presents with normal otoacoustic emissions and audiometric thresholds but complains of hearing problems such as tinnitus or difficulty understanding speech in noise. Recent human and animal studies on aging and noise-induced hearing loss suggest that hidden hearing loss may result […]