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What Does Hypertension Have to Do With Hearing? Plenty!

We’ve got a tip for your wellness checklist: Keeping your blood pressure down may help keep your hearing up! Both hearing loss and hypertension, or high blood pressure, impact millions of people around the world, but few realize that these two chronic conditions might go hand in hand. For your best health, here are three important things to know: Hypertension and Hearing Loss Are Connected Like hearing loss, which affects an estimated 466 million people worldwide, hypertension is a serious public-health challenge that can ... Read more

Health Effects of Noise Pollution

Noise is just noise, right? You learn to tune it out and, unless it’s really loud, you don’t worry about it. You definitely wouldn’t worry about its effects on your heart — would you? As far back as 1972, awareness of the adverse health effects of noise pollution was so strong that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency passed the Noise Control Act to establish “a national policy to promote an environment for all Americans free from noise that jeopardizes their health and ... Read more

Taking On Tinnitus: Hope for the Future, Solutions Today

Tinnitus — that buzzing, ringing, whistling, or clicking in the ear that no one else seems to hear — might not yet be curable, but science isn’t taking that lying down! With some 50 million Americans alone and others worldwide experiencing this sometimes-debilitating condition, researchers are determined to uncover its secrets and find new ways of fighting back.   Check out these three exciting developments: The Hearing Health Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit that aims in part “to prevent and cure hearing loss and tinnitus through ... Read more

Chemotherapy Drugs: A Threat to Healthy Hearing?

With 14 million new cases worldwide in 2012 alone and an expected 21 million in 2030, cancer touches nearly everyone personally or through a loved one, keeping the push for new treatments, cures, and prevention strategies top of mind. Across the U.S., some 650,000 cancer patients undergo chemotherapy in outpatient oncology clinics every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though potentially lifesaving, some chemotherapy drugs can lead to complications such as permanent and possibly total hearing loss. ... Read more

“It’s ‘Dad,’ not ‘DAAAD!’”

You might wonder from time to time, “Can he hear me? Or does he pretend he can’t hear me?”   It might be time to give him the benefit of the doubt: According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, men between the ages of 20 and 69 are twice as likely to have a hearing loss as women are. If a loved one is struggling with a hearing problem, you know how tough it can be just to get the ... Read more
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