Investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital have found that eating a healthy diet may reduce the risk of acquired hearing loss.
For Betty and thousands of children born in the U.S. with a hearing impairment, newborn screening is the first step toward introducing them to the world of sound.
For most people, our ears work in tandem, delivering sounds as one "unit" to our brain. Even if the ears perceive slightly different pitches, our brain still can interpret it as the same source of sound.
Close to half a million people around the world suffer from a serious hearing impairment. In some cases, they can find relief with hearing aids, cochlear and other types of implants. Yet these devices do not help people whose inner ear is damaged or whose cochlear nerve does not function properly.
Chronic conductive hearing loss, which can result from middle-ear infections, has been linked to speech recognition deficits, according to the results of a new study, led by scientists at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and published September 6 in the journal Ear and Hearing.