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What Causes Hearing Loss? It May Have to Do with Your Genes

Hearing loss or hearing impairment is a partial or complete inability to hear. It can be in one or both the ears. Certain conditions like ageing, damage or trauma to the ear, birthing complications, infection, noise or genetics are the leading causes of hearing loss. Hearing impairment can be permanent or temporary and can be cured with different treatments. It can be diagnosed by taking a hearing test. If a person is unable to hear 25 decibels they are claimed to be suffering from hearing loss. It can be categorised…

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Nicotine Exposure During Pregnancy Could Trigger Hearing Problems in Kids

Health experts have highlighted this fact several times before that smoking during pregnancy can lead to serious health issues for the growing baby inside. Nicotine is a potent chemical with the capability of causing havoc for kids and adults alike. The phase of pregnancy is an important phase, where several factors must be kept in mind in order to secure the life of the mother and growing baby. As much difficult as it may be to give up smoking, since nicotine is highly addictive, there is no other way to…

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Iron Deficiency: Anaemia May Up Hearing Loss Risk

Scientists have found that iron deficiency anaemia may increase the risk of hearing loss, a finding that may open new possibilities for early identification and appropriate treatment of the condition. For the study, researchers from Pennsylvania State University in the US determined iron deficiency anaemia by low hemoglobin and ferritin levels for age and sex in 305,339 adults ages 21 to 90 years; associations between hearing loss and iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) were then evaluated. Of the patients in the study population, 43 per cent were men; average age was…

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Hearing loss setting in early, caution doctors

Hearing loss setting in early, caution doctors (Mehmed Zelkovic/Getty Images) Modern-day living contributes immensely to hearing impairment, said doctors on the eve of International Week of the Deaf. Overuse of mobiles and earpods to medications to construction site noise, could all be contributing to the growing incidence of hearing loss. “One would expect hearing loss to set in after 45 years of age, but nowadays we get people in their early thirties with hearing loss,” said Dr Neelam Sathe from the ENT department of civic-run KEM Hospital, Parel. Presbycusis is…

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Doctors deal with loss of hearing complaints from younger lot too

Doctors deal with loss of hearing complaints from younger lot too (Guido Mieth/Getty Images) Raghvendra, a photographer in his late thirties, had no idea why he could not hear after he finished shooting a religious procession, one day. The mild hearing loss soon aggravated and he stopped hearing any sound at a normal volume. Upon examination, doctors found he had 50 to 70 per cent hearing loss in both the ears. Chetana had no idea why her ears would suddenly start ringing. The ringing sound would at times become irritable…

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Coffee impedes hearing recovery from noise: Study

Coffee lovers who like to attend rock music concerts or work at airports should be cautious as a recent study indicates that caffeine has a serious impact on hearing. According to a research by the McGill University in Canada, regular caffeine consumption can greatly impede hearing recovery from loud noise, even making the damage permanent, Xinhua news agency reported. “When the ear is exposed to loud noise, it can suffer from a temporary hearing reduction, also called auditory temporary threshold shift. This disorder is usually reversible in the first 72…

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