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How to protect your ears and avoid noise-induced hearing loss

By Alice Clarke 1 February 2019 One of the best things about the 21st century is that we can pretty much pump our music whenever, and however, we want. Plus many of us live a short walk to a train station, and we can build massive structures, use powerful drills and chainsaws in our own home, […]

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Yikes! Only Eight Percent of U.S. Adults Consistently Use Hearing Protectors at Loud Events

The roar of the crowd, the boom of the bass, and the pop and crackle of fireworks, while exhilarating, can be loud enough to permanently damage your hearing. One simple solution that can save your hearing is using hearing protectors, such as earplugs or earmuffs. Yet only eight percent of American adults say that they […]

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Israeli scientists find a flower they say can hear approaching bees

Using petals as ears, the evening primrose sweetens its nectar in minutes when it hears sounds at the frequency of bees’ wing-beats By TOI STAFF The Oenothera drummondii, or evening-primrose flower, on a beach in Hong Kong. (Wikipedia/Geographer/CC BY-SA) Israeli scientists at Tel Aviv University say they have found a flower that hears the approach of […]

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These Whales Are Serenaders of the Seas. It’s Quite a Racket.

Why do whales sing? Scientists still aren’t certain, and maybe the whales aren’t, either. A juvenile male humpback whale in waters off Sri Lanka. The males may be singing certain tunes to attract mates, although scientists listening to the songs suspect there may also be other reasons for the music shared among these giants, even […]

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Hearing Loss Threatens Mind, Life and Limb

Poor hearing is not just an annoying inconvenience. CreditCreditGracia Lam By Jane E. Brody  Dec. 31, 2018 The earsplitting sound of ambulance sirens in New York City is surely hastening the day when I and many others repeatedly subjected to such noise will be forced to get hearing aids. I just hope this doesn’t happen before 2021 […]

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Racing to be suspended at southeast Queensland track

Queensland Raceway owner John Tetley at the Lakeside International Raceway re-opening in 2007. MORETON Racing to be suspended at southeast Queensland track Alan Quinney, Pine Rivers Press October 24, 2018 MOTOR racing at Lakeside Park, Kurwongbah, will be suspended from the end of the year over complaints about noise levels, but Queensland Raceways (QR) is […]

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Discovery of new neurons in the inner ear can lead to new therapies for hearing disorders

September 12, 2018 Source: Karolinska Institutet Summary: Researchers have identified four types of neurons in the peripheral auditory system, three of which are new to science. The analysis of these cells can lead to new therapies for various kinds of hearing disorders, such as tinnitus and age-related hearing loss. Closeup of ear (stock image). Credit: […]

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Study Compares Levo System to Traditional Tinnitus Masker

Published on December 11, 2017 As many as 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, according to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a health condition commonly known as “ringing in the ears.” Musicians, factory workers, military veterans, and many others endure its effects, including problems with concentration, sleep, anxiety, and depression. The Levo System, an FDA-cleared medical device, is […]

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Sonic attacks: How a medical mystery can sow distrust in foreign governments

June 27, 2018 Authors Jonathan D Moreno Professor of Ethics, University of Pennsylvania Sergio Litewka Professor of Bioethics and Health Policy, University of Miami The recent evacuation of a group of U.S. diplomatic personnel stationed in Guangzhou, China, revived concerns over an “attack” that originated in Havana in mid-2016. At that time, several U.S. individuals […]

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No screaming kids: Mount Eliza residents rise up against new playground

By Carolyn Webb 2 July 2018 The sound of children playing makes many people happy, but for some residents in a sedate Melbourne neighbourhood, the prospect of “loud, screaming, noisy children” in a proposed playground would only be noise pollution. It’s among the reasons residents of Mount Eliza have fired up in opposition to plans to […]

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