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The temporal bone: Anatomy and function
The temporal bone is one of the thickest bones in the skull. In this article, we look at the structure and function of this bone and the injuries that can affect it. (Medical News Today)

High blood pressure: Could noise be a risk factor?
A recent study concludes that working in a noisy environment is a risk factor for high blood pressure. The effect was particularly pronounced in men. (Medical News Today)

Why are harsh sounds so unbearable for the human brain?
New research identifies which sounds are unbearable for the human brain and explains why we perceive them as such, uncovering complex neural connections. (Medical News Today)

Hearing aids lower the chance of dementia, depression, and falling
A recent study concludes that wearing hearing aids is associated with later onset of dementia and a reduced risk of anxiety, depression, and falls. (Medical News Today)

Protein discovery could lead to new hearing loss treatments
By identifying proteins that spur the birth of new hair cells in the cochlea, new research in mice paves the way to new treatments for hearing loss. (Medical News Today)

Human brains have evolved to 'prefer' music and speech
New evidence suggests that human brains, unlike those of monkeys, may have evolved to 'listen' for pitch, which characterizes music and speech. (Medical News Today)

How the brain adapts to hear better after vision loss
Researchers look at what happens in the brains of people with vision loss to understand what allows them to hear better than their fully sighted peers. (Medical News Today)

Through my eyes: My first 48 hours with hearing aids
I'm not even 30 years old, and I need hearing aids. The discovery was a shock, but just 48 hours in and an exciting new world of sound is unfolding. (Medical News Today)

Why do my ears itch? Causes and treatments
Itchy ears are a common complaint with a variety of possible causes, including earwax blockages and infections. Learn about these and other causes in this article. (Medical News Today)

What causes ear drainage?
Ear drainage can occur for many reasons, including an ear infection, an earwax buildup, or an injury. Learn more about the types of ear drainage and their causes and treatments here. (Medical News Today)

Quietness better than background music for creativity
A study finds that listening to music can significantly impair performance on tasks that need creativity compared with doing them in a quiet environment. (Medical News Today)

What and when can a fetus hear?
The developing fetus begins to hear around the 18th week of pregnancy and starts to hear low frequencies from outside the woman's body soon after. Learn more about when a fetus can hear. (Medical News Today)

Hearing loss and cognitive decline: Study probes link
Data from an 8-year study of 10,000 men aged 62 or older reveals a link between hearing loss and a markedly greater risk of subjective cognitive decline. (Medical News Today)

Reversing hearing loss by regrowing hairs
A revolutionary form of treatment for hearing loss may be on the horizon. A recent study investigates ways to regrow the ear's all-important sensory hairs. (Medical News Today)

3 (or more) spooky ways to trick your brain this Halloween
Did you really see that pale face just now? What was that sound? This Halloween, test the limits of your brain with these easy spooky experiments. (Medical News Today)

How do hearing and sight influence cognitive decline?
Hearing and sight loss are tied to faster cognitive decline, so does addressing these issues slow down cognitive deterioration? New studies investigate. (Medical News Today)

The brain uses its 'autocorrect' feature to make out sounds
New research in spoken word recognition shows how the human brain uses an 'autocorrect' function to distinguish between ambiguous sounds. (Medical News Today)

Tinnitus: Mindfulness may succeed where other treatments fail
New research suggests that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy relieves the severity of tinnitus considerably, compared with other relaxation techniques. (Medical News Today)

How to remove earwax at home
Earwax is the body's natural way of protecting the eardrum and inner ear from damage. However, if the body produces too much earwax, a person may experience a blockage. This can lead to hearing loss and pain. In this article, learn how to remove an earwax blockage safely at home, as well as when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Why do I feel pain in my ear when swallowing?
The ears are linked to the nose and throat, and infections in any of these areas can cause ear pain when swallowing. A range of other issues, such as dental abscesses and joint damage, can also cause this pain. Here, learn about the many causes and their symptoms and treatments. We also describe when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

'Early hearing loss could pave the way for dementia,' study says
Young people should take better care of their hearing, new research warns, or they may expose themselves to a heightened risk of cognitive impairments. (Medical News Today)

What to know about otomycosis
Otomycosis is a fungal infection in the outer ear canal, usually caused by the Aspergillus fungus. It can be painful, causing inflammation, flaking skin, and ear discharge. Otomycosis usually responds well to antifungal eardrops or creams. Learn about otomycosis here and how it can become chronic. (Medical News Today)

New drug 'could save the hearing of millions'
Researchers reveal how a compound known as kenpaullone prevented drug- and noise-induced hearing loss in rodent models by blocking an enzyme called CDK2. (Medical News Today)

Five ways to make ringing stop after a concert
Listening to loud music at a concert can cause ringing in the ears, which is known as tinnitus. Learn how to stop the ringing and prevent it in the future. (Medical News Today)

Poor hearing could lead to poor memory
New research — by scientists in Italy — suggests that a form of age-related hearing loss significantly raises the risk of mild cognitive impairment among seniors. (Medical News Today)

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