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Health News - Hearing/Deafness

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)

What is misophonia?
A look at misophonia a disorder that results in abnormally strong reactions to everyday human sounds, such as chewing. Included is detail on treatment. (Medical News Today)

All you should know about Waardenburg syndrome
A look at Waardenburg syndrome, a group of diseases that cause changes in the body and eye color. Find out about how rare it is and the diagnosis. (Medical News Today)

Innovative gene editing method may prevent deafness
In many cases, hearing loss is hereditary and caused by genetic mutations. Experiments with novel gene editing methods may lead to a preventive treatment. (Medical News Today)

'We all hear voices in our heads,' but why? Study investigates
New research suggests that the brain regards talking inside of our heads as equivalent to talking out loud, with the same degree of dampened response. (Medical News Today)

Bleeding from the ear: Causes and treatments
Bleeding from the ear can be alarming. Many things can cause someone to bleed from the ear, ranging from a superficial skin injury to a serious illness or an emergency situation. If bleeding follows a traumatic blow, immediate medical help is needed, as this can indicate a life-threatening injury. Find out more. (Medical News Today)

What's to know about pulsatile tinnitus?
Tinnitus refers to the sensation of hearing sounds within the ear, such as ringing, rather than from outside of the ear. Pulsatile tinnitus occurs when the sounds throb in time to the beat of their pulse. This article explores the causes, symptoms, and treatment of the condition, as well as the outlook. (Medical News Today)

Eight home remedies for unclogging your ears
Clogged ears can cause discomfort, and may affect hearing and balance. Learn about eight different home remedies to treat clogged ears, and what to avoid. (Medical News Today)

Mouth clicks used in human echolocation captured in unprecedented detail
Like some bats and marine mammals, people can develop expert echolocation skills, in which they produce a clicking sound with their mouths and listen to the reflected sound waves to "see" their... (Medical News Today)

Tinnitus could be worsened by antidepressant use
Research suggests that selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors - a common class of antidepressants - could lead to the exacerbation of tinnitus. (Medical News Today)

Cognitive hearing aid filters out the noise
People who are hearing impaired have a difficult time following a conversation in a multi-speaker environment such as a noisy restaurant or a party. (Medical News Today)

Presbycusis: Causes of age-related hearing loss
Presbycusis refers to a gradual and persistent age-related hearing loss. Causes include exposure to loud noise and some medications. Symptoms include a loss of ability to hear high-pitched sounds. Treatment is available, but it may take time to get right. Managing conditions such as diabetes can help prevent it. (Medical News Today)

Babies with hearing loss form better vocabulary with early intervention
Children with hearing loss who are diagnosed by 3 months of age and receive interventions by 6 months develop a far greater vocabulary than those whose diagnosis and treatment come later, according... (Medical News Today)

Gaze direction affects sensitivity to sounds
Listening to something while looking in a different direction can slow down reaction times while the brain works harder to suppress distractions, finds a new UCL study. (Medical News Today)

New research identifies key mechanism behind some deafness
Study identifies a new protein that is essential to the process of turning sound waves into meaningful brain signals. (Medical News Today)

White noise after loud noise prevents hearing deficits in mice
Mild hearing loss from exposure to less than one hour of loud noise leads to a reorganization of circuits in a key midbrain structure of the auditory system in mice, finds new research published in... (Medical News Today)

Right-or left-handedness affects sign language comprehension
The speed at which sign language users understand what others are 'saying' to them depends on whether the conversation partners are left- or right-handed, a new study has found. (Medical News Today)

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