Hearing can be affected by loud noises, but the mechanisms have not been fully understood. The auditory nerve plays a big role.
Noise is common, but we don't fully know what that means for our hearing. A recent study suggests how overstimulation of the auditory nerve may be too much for it to handle.
The problems and how we might fix them.
Scientists are only just beginning to understand the full extend of noise-induced hearing loss.
People suffering hearing loss learn to speak through a combination of lip-reading and watching for visual clues.
How to find a treatment for a phantom sound.
Deafness is a huge burden for economies and individuals. This is particularly true in developing countries. Solutions need to take into account not just costs, but the rights of individuals too.
We experience lots of changes in our body as we age, and our eyes and ears are no exception. Unfortunately this toys with our senses.
Changes to our eyes and ears occur as a result of disease, genetic factors, "wear and tear" and environmental factors.
Almost all Aboriginal children in remote areas have some form of otitis media.
Nearly all Indigenous Australian children have some form of otitis media, a middle ear infection that often leads to hearing loss.
Studying the way insects hear and make their own sounds is inspiring new hearing technology.
The NDIS poses many more challenges to parents with children newly diagnosed with developmental delay.
Informal early support through intervention programs helps parents understand their child's newly diagnosed disability. But what will happen when, under the NDIS, these services no longer exist?
There is no single regulatory regime governing the fitting of hearing aids.
Audiology services are government registered for many – such as for children up to the age of 26 and veterans. But many fall through the cracks and rely on the self-regulation of the industry.
It's not only Brian Johnson who's at risk of deafness – are you around music a lot?
It’s written on your face.
Adding a camera that can work out where sound is coming from could make hearing aids smarter.
A new study shows hearing loss is associated with depression in American adults, particularly women and those under the age…
The ubiquitous use of personal music players has radically increased our recreational noise exposure.
It’s happened to all of us – you walk past someone and you can hear every beat, riff and wail coming from their headphones. If you’ve ever wondered whether this could be damaging their hearing, the answer…
Say that again? Hearing aids as fashion?
More than one in ten middle-aged people has difficulty following speech in noisy environments, according to an analysis of 165,000 people in the UK Biobank, a project following the health of half a million…
The genetic mutation causes hearing to deteriorate in the late teens or early twenties and get progressively worse with age.
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Australian researchers have uncovered the mechanism by which a rare genetic mutation causes premature deafness in people…
Age-related hearing loss starts a lot earlier than you might think, and is exploited in anti-vandalism measures.
You may have read last week that, in a bid to curb graffiti, Sydney’s State Rail may trial Mosquito devices - technology that emits a high-pitched noise that’s audible only to people aged in their early…
The cochlea (the auditory portion of the inner ear) deals with extreme sounds by prompting hearing loss. A University of…
Bioengineers and physicians have used 3D printing and injectable gels made of living cells to create an artificial ear practically…