Why Smoking Can Cause Hearing Loss

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use is the single most significant preventable cause of death and disease in the US, responsible for the demise of over 480,000 Americans every year. The research shaking its finger at Uncle Bob puffing on his pipe is not

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How Do Cochlear Implants Work?

Sensorineural hearing loss affects millions of Americans every year. Although the greatest likelihood of hearing difficulties is found in the elderly, affecting 50% of those 75 and older, around three children out of every thousand are born with a noticeable degree of hearing loss in one or both ears. That

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Cannabis’ Contribution to Hearing and Balance

Cannabis has been a hot topic in the medical world for a little while. Though the recreational smoking of marijuana has been popular across the US since the early 1900s, it was not until the 1990s that the medicinal benefits of cannabis compounds became more widely recognized. In 1996, California

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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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