Why Do We Have Two Ears?

You may have been told as a child that we have two ears and one mouth because we’re supposed to listen twice as much as we talk – there may be a ring of truth to this but there is a lot more to binaural hearing (that is, hearing with

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Progress Reported in Reversing Cochlear Hair Cell Damage

Hearing loss currently has no cure and is managed mainly with the use of hearing aids or cochlear implants. Depending on the level and nature of hearing loss, the benefit of hearing aids may range from significantly life-changing to a useless, inconvenient bit of plastic in your ear. Cochlear implants

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Could Your Medication Be Causing Hearing Problems?

When you’re first prescribed medications to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease or to treat a life-threatening bacterial infection, hearing loss is probably the last thing to concern you. Ototoxicity is the word used to describe damaging effects to the ear and hearing, typically from the use of certain medications

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How To Choose the Right Hearing Aid

IIC, CIC, ITC, ITE, BTE, RITE, RIC… OMG!! Choosing the right hearing aid can be overwhelming and frustrating, as demonstrated from this baffling list alone. Add to it the number of hearing aid manufacturers claiming their products provide the clearest sound, the longest battery life, are the most discreet, the

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The (Really Cool) History of Hearing Aids

Evidence of hearing loss dates back to at least 10 000 years ago with archaeological investigations uncovering human remains with auditory exostoses, bony growths in the ear canal that may cause hearing impairment. The earliest written record of hearing loss was found in ancient Egypt where a manuscript dated to

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