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More than 50 million Americans struggle with tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ears that ranges from mildly annoying to severely debilitating, and no cure exists. Existing treatments help some people, but none seems to work for everyone. Hearing loss affects about 500 million people, and is a major risk factor for the condition. In their new study, researchers found inflammation in

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Using genetic tools in mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have identified a pair of proteins that precisely control when sound-detecting cells, known as hair cells, are born in the mammalian inner ear. The proteins, described in a report published June 12 in  eLife , may hold a key to future therapies to restore hearing in people with

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Delta flight attendants who speak sign language will soon have the option to wear a pin to help better inform signing passengers they share a common language. According to the airline, this makes them the first U.S. airline to officially offer sign language as part of their customer experience. Delta employees who speak American Sign Language, or any of the more

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We’re constantly being reminded to protect our hearing when traveling to festivals and concerts. Despite the warnings, many of us continue on, taking the ability to listen to music clearly for granted. Today, many older adults are experiencing some sort of hearing loss, usually due to very loud music. To take a closer look, the  Harris Poll  took a survey

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The two most common types of hearing loss are caused by aging and exposure to excessive noise. In both cases, the hairs or nerve cells in the cochlea that are responsible for sending sound signals to the brain are progressively affected.  When the hairs or nerve cells become damaged or missing, the electrical brain signals are not transmitted effectively and sounds are

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