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NIOSH study shows prevalence of work-related hearing loss, tinnitus

February 4, 2016 in Community News, Research



Safety + Health
February 3, 2016

Washington – Increased awareness and targeted interventions may help protect workers from experiencing hearing loss and/or tinnitus, according to a recent study from NIOSH.

Researchers analyzed national data on hearing conditions among workers who were exposed to elevated levels of occupational noise, as well as workers who were not exposed to such noise.

Researchers emphasized several key findings, including:

  • Workers in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting faced “significantly higher risks” for hearing difficulty, tinnitus and the occurrence of both conditions.
  • Workers in manufacturing faced significantly higher risks for tinnitus and the co-occurrence of hearing difficulty and tinnitus.
  • Workers in life, physical and social science occupations faced a significantly higher risk for hearing difficulty.
  • Workers in architecture and engineering roles faced a significantly higher risk for tinnitus.

Twenty-three percent of workers exposed to occupational noise had hearing difficulty, compared with 7 percent of workers who had hearing difficulty despite not being exposed to occupational noise, NIOSH stated.

Read more  . . . work-related hearing loss

Support group helps deaf addicts work toward recovery

February 4, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



The Columbus Dispatch
Columbus, Ohio
By Rita Price

Feb 01, 2016

The words, no matter how wise or well-intentioned, couldn’t reach his pain. Even a careful translation from English to American Sign Language did little to help him grab hold of the 12-step program and follow it to sobriety.

“I was ready to die,” the deaf man said, signing passionately as he recalled his despair. “It was like walking to my death.”

Recovery finally took root for Kijana D. when he became a regular at Deaf Think Positive, a local nonprofit organization that, organizers say, is one of fewer than 10 centers nationwide providing accessible addiction treatment for the deaf and deaf/blind. It’s the only one so far that has licensed chemical-dependency counselors who also are deaf, they said.

Read more  . . . Support group 

Apple Urges FCC To Recognize Made for iPhone Hearing Aids

February 1, 2016 in Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss & Deafness



By Chance Miller

Apple recently has filed a new document with the Federal Communications Commission in which it argues that Made for iPhone, or MFi, accessories should be acknowledged by the organization as alternatives for hearing aid compatibility compliance. Recently, the FCC has proposed that all phones and consumer wireless devices must be compatible with hearing aids.

In response to the new proposal from the FCC, Apple says that all products that fall under its MFi hearing aid standards already comply with the FCC’s hearing aid compliance regulations. Apple argues that Made for iPhone hearing aids are already available to consumers everywhere, thus making them a valid alternative to the hearing aid compatibility requirement (via MacReports).

Read more  . . . Apple

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E-cigarettes may also cause hearing loss

January 27, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness



Damage to inner ear of teen is an overlooked potential health risk to vaping
Nicotine reduces oxygen in the bloodstream and decreases blood flow

The Sacramento Bee
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as many as 2.4 million teens use electronic cigarettes, and that 70 percent of middle and high school students have been exposed to e-cig advertising.|

There’s renewed attention to the potential health risks of e-cigs, but overlooked is the danger to the hearing of young people. A study published last June confirmed confirmed the adverse effects of smoking on the inner ear of adolescents.

While e-cigarettes do not produce carbon monoxide, tar and other toxic chemicals associated with regular cigarettes, most include nicotine. While nicotine’s toxic effects on the ear are not fully understood, it is well established that nicotine reduces oxygen in the bloodstream and decreases blood flow.

U.S. News – OPINION – Beware of DIY Health Care

January 27, 2016 in Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Both health and wallets suffer when people bypass medical experts in favor of do-it-yourself diagnoses and treatment for hearing loss.

U.S.News and World Report
By Jaynee Handelsman

A do-it-yourself world sounds good – in theory.

Do-it-yourself auto repairs might make sense for the savvy and mechanically inclined, while do-it-yourself electricians should probably think twice about it. But do-it-yourself health care? Probably not. Yet easy access to health information online and a culture that too often encourages speed over quality is leading Americans down a very unhealthy path.

I’ve witnessed this vividly in the world of hearing loss, where quick fixes that are “easier and cheaper” are being passed off as solutions to complex hearing challenges. There is no cookie-cutter solution to hearing health, no matter how many of these stories are published. The result we’re seeing in the world of audiology is people taking shortcuts that undermine their hearing in ways that can waste money, allow issues to fester and ultimately harm their quality of life.

Read more  . . . do-it-yourself 

These Headphones promise protection- noise-induced hearing loss

January 21, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology



Puro Labs Bluetooth headphones review:
These cans promise protection from noise-induced hearing loss
by Theo Nicolakis
Jan 21, 2016

Hearing is a precious gift. And while everyone’s hearing declines naturally with age, our lifestyle choices can be a key factor in noise-induced hearing loss. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, as many as 16 percent of teens (children aged 12 to 19) have reported some hearing loss that could have been caused by loud noise—including listening to music while wearing headphones.

Prolonged exposure to loud noise—especially at higher volumes—can cause permanent hearing damage in a surprisingly short amount of time. Puro Sound Labs promises its Bluetooth headphones can reduce your risk of noise-induced hearing loss while listening to music. The company sent its model BT-2200 (for kids) and model BT-5200 (for adults) for this evaluation.

Read full  . . . . Review

Research Study Deaf Infant Participants Needed

January 21, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research


Research Study Participants Needed: Do you or someone you know have a deaf baby between six to 12 months old? Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. is seeking participants for a study on neuroimaging. See flyer for more details.

DOWNLOAD – Infant-Study-Flyer-all-6-12mo-1

PCAST Recommends Changes to Promote Innovation in Hearing Technologies

January 21, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Legislation


President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology letter report investigated age-related mild to moderate hearing loss.

OCTOBER 26, 2015 AT 1:10 PM ET

Untreated, age-related hearing loss is a significant national problem. With the population 65 and older in the United States expected to reach 80 million in the next 25 years, the number of people with hearing loss will rise dramatically. Already, a quarter of adults between 60 and 69 years, more than half of adults between 70 and 79 years, and almost 80 percent of those older than 80 years have difficulty hearing – that’s almost 30 million Americans. Only a small fraction of this group seek out and use assistive hearing technologies, including hearing aids, and that rate is even smaller among low income and racial and ethnic minorities.

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) believes there is an opportunity to enhance the pace of innovation, decrease cost, and improve the capability, convenience, and use of assistive hearing devices for individuals whose hearing has diminished in a mild to moderate way with age. Today, we delivered a letter report to the President, Aging America & Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Hearing Technologies, that examines these issues and includes several recommendations as part of our larger study about how technologies can help Americans remain independent as they age.

Read ALL  . . . PCAST Summary

Book on deaf education in Va. dedicated at VSDB

January 21, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



By Megan Williams
January 20, 2016

STAUNTON — It took only one person to write the history of deaf education in Virginia from 1839 through 1948. But it took 10 people, 10 years to write the continuation of that history through 2014.

It may have taken a long time, and a lot of hard work, said Rachel Bavister, a member of the deaf alumni association and former teacher, but the history of deaf education at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind is an important story to tell.

“This was not my book,” Bavister said. “It was a team of people who did all the hard work.”

On Wednesday, the book, titled “History of the Education of the Deaf in Virginia,” was dedicated to alumni, past and present, at a ceremony in the auditorium at VSDB in Staunton.

Read more  . . . VA Deaf Education.

Help! I’m Losing My Hearing. What Should I Do Now?

January 21, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness



Center for Hearing Loss Help
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.  and Steve Barber
January 12, 2016

A person asked,
I have recently been diagnosed with significant bilateral hearing loss. I will be seeing an audiologist to be fitted with hearing aids for the first time. What do I need to know about hearing loss and hearing aids? As a hard of hearing person, what do you wish people had told you when you were in the same boat?

Excellent questions. You are wise to ask these questions before you go to the audiologist so you are prepared and also have a realistic grasp of what successfully living with a hearing loss is all about.

My friend, Steve Barber, compiled the following and I’m reproducing it here with his permission.

He writes, “Here is my list of things to help someone new to hearing loss:

1.  Vanity and denial are self-inflicted wounds–don’t fall victim. Accept that you have a hearing loss and vow to be the best hard of hearing person you can be.

Read all  1- 18 things that help a person new to hearing loss.

Don’t Focus on Your Tinnitus – by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

January 19, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Center for Hearing Loss Help
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
January 3, 2016

If you have tinnitus you need to stop focusing on your tinnitus. Constantly and repetitiously mulling over your tinnitus will only make your tinnitus worse. Therefore, you need to consciously choose notto dwell on it.

Instead, focus on living a happy productive life. Get involved in fun activities, productive projects, and the loves of your life. When you are thoroughly wrapped up in something that is exciting or enticing to you, your tinnitus will not be important enough for your brain to even bother decoding it.

As I have said numerous times to people with tinnitus, “Did you ever notice that when you are passionately kissing your spouse, you don’t hear your tinnitus?” They all get a surprised look on their faces, followed by a knowing look as they realize this is true.

Read more  . . . Tinnitus

HealthyHearing.com – Healthy resolutions for your ears

January 14, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness


by HealthyHearing.com
Jan 13, 2016

Three simple habits may be the key to better hearing this year.

Contributed by Debbie Clason, staff writer for Healthy Hearing | Monday, January 11th, 2016

If you’ve resolved to get healthier in 2016, you’re in good company. Of the top ten New Year’s resolutions in 2015, three of them were health related. Naturally, as hearing health advocates we want you to consider including specific hearing health resolutions on your list. Didn’t make one this year? No worries — it’s not too late. The following habits are healthy for your ears no matter what time of year you decide to adopt them.

It’s the second week of the New Year! If you’re still looking for a few worthy goals, consider focusing on these three habits for healthy hearing in 2016!

Read More  . . . . resolutions

New study connects sound deprivation to permanent hearing loss
Don’t wait to seek medical attention if you’re experiencing temporary hearing loss due to ear infection or cold. 

Five reasons to take your hearing health seriously in 2016
Hearing loss is connected to your overall health and well-being in ways you might not realize. Here are five hearing-related health issues that may make you think about getting your hearing tested.

Be an advocate for hearing health
Whether you or your loved one has hearing loss or not, we can all be advocates for hearing health awareness. Let’s make hearing loss a priority in 2016!

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Beware of (Ototoxic) Drugs That Can Damage Your Ears

January 14, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness


 “The premier e-Zine for people with hearing loss”

The Ototoxicity of Drugs Ending in“-mycin” (and “–micin”)
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

A number of people believe that drugs ending in “–mycin” (and
“-micin”) are all members of the extremely ototoxic Aminoglycoside
class of antibiotic drugs and should be avoided so they don’t damage
their ears. This is not totally true.

It is true that about half of the generic drugs ending in “–mycin” and
“–micin” are indeed members of the Aminoglycoside class of drugs.
However, it is just as true that about half of the drugs ending in
“–mycin” and “–micin” are not Aminoglycosides. Furthermore, some
Aminoglycoside drugs do not end in “–mycin” or “–micin”.

Complicating things further, not only do a number of generic drug
names end in –mycin and –micin, but so do a number of brand
names—again about half of which are Aminoglycoside drugs, and half are

Therefore, when you come across a drug name ending in “–mycin” or
“–micin” don’t automatically assume it is an Aminoglycoside drug.
(You’d be wrong about 50% of the time if you do.)

Below is a list of all the drugs (generic and brand names) that end in
“–mycin” or “–micin” of which I’m aware. All of them are ototoxic to
some degree—ranging from mildly ototoxic to extremely ototoxic.
Generic names ending in “-mycin/-micin” are in bold. Brand names are
in bold italics and drug class names are in UPPER CASE.

See List of all drugs . . . HEARING LOSS HELP e-Zine


If you want to learn more about the ototoxic side effects of the
-mycins (or any other drugs), see the details of my book “Ototoxic
Drugs Exposed” 3rd edition or order one for yourself at
http://hearinglosshelp.com/shop/ototoxic-drugs-exposed/ . This book
contains information on the ototoxicity of 877 drugs, 35 herbs and 148

The permanent link for this article is on the Center’s website at
 (or http://hearinglosshelp.com/?p=4714 if the
preceding link is broken).

Wellness Recovery Action Plan – WRAP in ASL – Register NOW!

January 12, 2016 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness




Join us to learn how you can develop your own WRAP® Plan. WRAP® stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan and can be used to maintain wellness – both physical and mental.  WRAP® can used for dealing with mental health challenges, quitting smoking, diabetes management, losing weight, controlling clutter, ADHD etc. This plan helps you learn skills to improve your life and your health. Come and develop your own WRAP® plan.


Each week will focus on a different part of the WRAP® plan. 
·         Wellness Toolbox,
·         Daily Maintenance
·         Triggers
·         Early Warning Signs,
·         When Things are Breaking Down
·         Crisis Plan 
·         Post Crisis Plan.
Tuesdays from 10am – 12 pm
January 19th-  March 8th
Cost: FREE (but you MUST pre-register)
Springfield Community Services Board
8348 Traford Lane
Suite 400
Springfield, VA 22152
Contact Beth Klein at beth@pahdeaf.org   OR leave a message on VP at 703-496-7773 

Alison Aubrecht: Peer support program takes a deaf-centric approach to mental health

January 12, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



MINNPOST, Minneapolis, MN
By Andy Steiner

It’s hard enough to find a qualified therapist, but imagine being deaf and looking for a mental health professional who: 1) speaks your language (ASL); and 2) understands the intricacies of deaf culture. Not an easy task.

With the help of interpreters, hearing therapists often work with deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing patients, but the presence of a stranger in the treatment room can be awkward, to say the least. In Minnesota, there only a few therapists who are either deaf or hearing but fluent in ASL. Waiting lists to see them can be months long.

In recognition of these concerns, two years ago the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division established a Certified Peer Support Specialist Program. The program is like other peer support specialist programs around the state, except for one big difference: The peer support specialists on the team are all deaf or hard of hearing people who have experience with mental illness. They’ve been trained to provide support and guidance to their peers.