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People with tinnitus may experience a worsening of the condition if they are being treated with selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a common class of antidepressants. This is the conclusion of a new study recently published in the journal  Cell Reports . Tinnitus is the intermittent or constant sensation of hearing sounds when no such sounds are present. Although tinnitus is often referred to

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Hearing loss and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often occur together. People with RA have an increased risk of hearing loss, especially sensorineural hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss is hearing loss due to damage in the inner ear. This type of hearing loss affects the ability of the brain to interpret sound signals from the ear. Several different factors may contribute to hearing

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Their new study finds intermittent broadband sound played over an extended period of time preserved sensory cells in the ear, while also rewiring some of the central auditory system in the brain, helping preserve the ability to sense the timing of sounds. “By showing that the detection of sound is being preserved in the brain, we’re saying it’s not just the hair cells in

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A gene called  GAS2  plays a key role in normal hearing, and its absence causes severe hearing loss, according to a study led by researchers in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. The researchers, whose findings are published online in  Developmental Cell , discovered that the protein encoded by  GAS2  is crucial for maintaining the structural stiffness of support cells in the

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Some viruses, such as measles, mumps and meningitis, can cause hearing difficulties, but what about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? In the first few months of the pandemic, a rapid systematic review of COVID-19 and hearing difficulties revealed a possible link between COVID-19 and audio-vestibular symptoms (hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo). However, both the quantity and quality of the early studies were

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A chemotherapy drug known to cause hearing loss in children is more likely to do so the earlier in life children receive it, new UBC research has found. Cisplatin is a life-saving treatment for many children with cancer, but the study published today in  Cancer  shows that the hearing of very young children is impacted early during treatment and is

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A combination of sound and silence may be a key in helping slow the progression of permanent hearing loss. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found intermittent broadband sound played over an extended period of time preserved sensory cells in the ear, while also rewiring some of the central auditory system in the brain, helping preserve the ability

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An independent association may exist between migraine with subjective hearing loss (HL) and tinnitus, while otologic migraine—defined as the effects of migraine on the ear—may be partly responsible for the association between HL, tinnitus, neck pain and migraine.   Results of the cross-sectional analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) were published in  Otology & Neurotology. Although the pathophysiology

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Although hearing loss is a very common sensory loss — affecting one-third of all American adults between the ages of 65 and 74 and nearly half of those older than 75 — solutions to hearing problems have been slow to materialize. Until recently, hearing aids only made things louder, not necessarily clearer. And scientists have yet to discover a way to repair damage to

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Humans can observe what and where something happens around them with their hearing, as long as sound frequencies lie between 20 Hz and 2,000 Hz. Researchers at Aalto University have now developed a new audio technique that enables people to also hear ultrasonic sources that generate sound at frequencies above 20,000 Hz with simultaneous perception of their direction. The results

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