Hearing Loss May Be Early Symptom of Parkinson’s Disease

Queen Mary researchers funded by Bart’s Charity used electronic primary healthcare records from over a million people living in East London between 1990 and 2018 to explore early symptoms and risk factors for Parkinson’s, according to an article on the Queen Mary University of London website. The researchers found that known symptoms associated with Parkinson’s, including tremor and […]

Rare Cause Linked to Vertigo and Hearing Loss

Air bubbles trapped in a woman’s inner ear caused her to develop severe dizziness, seemingly out of nowhere, and she required surgery to make the disorienting, spinning sensation go away. The 51-year-old woman initially went to the doctor after experiencing this strange spinning sensation for about 24 hours, according to a report of the case […]

New Gene Therapy on the Horizon for Hearing Loss

As lewd and crude and rude as it sounds, it is the general response for the person on the street, even if muttered underneath his or her breath, when dealing with someone—friend, family, co-worker, etc.—who suffers from mild to moderate hearing loss. Aside from some surgical procedures that are not as commonly known, hearing devices—while […]

Untreated Hearing Loss Can Lead to Safety Risks

Untreated hearing loss can give rise to a number of problems, including depression and anxiety. The first step to addressing those concerns is as simple as taking a hearing test. Reduced hearing loss means reduced sensory input, or the feeling that the walls are closing in on a person. This leads to symptoms that can […]

Bone Disease Medication May Help Reverse Hearing Loss

Preliminary findings from Harvard Medical School researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear may pave the way for trials to test bone density medications for hearing loss. Hearing loss caused by damaged nerves, whether from sound exposure or aging, is irreversible. There are currently no medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat […]

Research Shows Eyes Can be Used to Evaluate Hearing

University of Oregon neuroscientists have shown that a person’s hearing can be assessed by measuring dilation of the pupils in eyes, a method that is as sensitive as traditional methods of testing hearing. The approach is being developed as a potential way to test hearing in babies, young adults with developmental disabilities and adults suffering […]

Hearing Loss Linked to Gene Mutations

Mutations in the TGFBR1 gene, the underlying cause of some cases of vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (vEDS), may lead to hearing loss by preventing the formation of key sensory cells in the inner ear during development, a study in mice has found. The research also provided key insights into the factors driving the formation of these sensory cells, which may […]

Study Examines Drug that Blocks Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Loud noise can damage the inner ear and cause hearing loss. Studying mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Iowa have shown that a drug compound can block damage caused by loud noise, raising the possibility of medication that prevents noise-induced hearing loss. The study is published […]