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Vision and Hearing Loss Are Tied to Cognitive Decline

By JANE E. BRODY SEPT. 25, 2017 CreditPaul Rogers Now and then I hear someone (myself included) proclaim “my brain is on overload.” This is not surprising given the myriad complex tasks the brain performs, among them enabling you to learn, plan, remember, communicate, see, hear and smell. Perhaps also not surprising, a growing number of studies […]

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Ringing in ears keeps brain more at attention, less at rest, study finds

Tinnitus, a chronic ringing or buzzing in the ears, has eluded medical treatment and scientific understanding. A new study found that chronic tinnitus is associated with changes in certain networks in the brain, and furthermore, those changes cause the brain to stay more at attention and less at rest. The finding provides patients with validation […]

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How Effective are Earplugs in Protecting Your Hearing During Loud Concerts?

A 2016 study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery by Wilko Grolman, M.D., Ph.D., from the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands shows that earplug use is effective in preventing temporary hearing loss caused by exposure to loud music (average of 100 decibels) over several hours. In the study of 51 adults (average age […]

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Howler music venue threatened by proposed apartment block next door, say owners

Carolyn WebbThe co-owner of a top Melbourne live music venue fears an apartment block planned for next door could threaten the bar’s survival. Brendan Brogan said lower floor bedrooms of the proposed eight-storey development in Brunswick would be metres from the stage of the popular Howler bar, and noise complaints from residents could put the venue at risk. Brendan Brogan […]

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Sound-wave blood test gives results in minutes

Patients have to wait up to ten days for test results to come back from laboratoriesGETTY IMAGES Share Save Patients could have medical conditions diagnosed faster after scientists developed sound-wave technology to deliver blood test results in as little as ten minutes. A team at Saw Dx, a spin-out company from the University of Glasgow, […]

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“Sonic seasoning” is the growing scientific field that uses sound to make food taste better

Life is like a box of sound clips. (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann) WRITTEN BY Matthew Sedacca December 24, 2016 When slurping on “hot dry” noodles from a dingy, styrofoam box, a lot of senses come together to create the full experience of the meal. First, you see the bright red vegetables and thick sauce coating the noodles. Then […]

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On planes, savory tomato becomes favored flavor

Airline passengers who eat meals vary in their ability to taste sweet, sour, bitter and salty flavors. In studying how airplane noise affects the palate, Cornell food scientists have found sweetness suppressed and a tasty, tender tomato surprise: umami. A Japanese scientific term, umami describes the sweet, savory taste of amino acids such as glutamate […]

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New CDC Report Shows Adults of All Ages Have Signs of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Hearing loss from noise can happen to anyone at any age, and it can take years to be noticeable. A 2017 study of U.S. adults aged 20 to 69 years shows that nearly one in four has signs of possible hearing loss from noise in one or both ears based on features of their hearing […]

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Drug treatment could combat hearing loss

This image shows large clonal colonies of cochlear progenitor cells formed from single cells and converted into high-purity colonies of hair cells (magenta) with intricate hair bundles (cyan). Image: Will McLean FULL SCREEN This image shows large clonal colonies of cochlear progenitor cells formed from single cells and converted into high-purity colonies of hair cells […]

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Aussie smart earbuds promise relief for children struggling in the classroom

Australian smart earbuds maker Nuheara has announced a university-backed trial to study the effectiveness of its noise-filtering IQbuds in assisting children on the Autism spectrum or with auditory processing difficulties. The noise-cancelling wireless earbuds are designed to stream music from a mobile device via Bluetooth, but their built-in signal processing technology can also filter out […]

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