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Drugs and alcohol leave MEN with a higher risk of hearing loss at festivals (but not women)

A small new Dutch study found men were more prone to hearing loss and ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, and that unlike women this risk was driven up further by other factors like drink and drugs.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Abstract Perceived hearing difficulty (HD) and/or tinnitus in the presence of normal audiometric thresholds present a clinical challenge. Yet, there is limited data regarding prevalence and determinant factors contributing to HD. Here we present estimates generalized to the non-institutionalized population of the United States based on the cross-sectional population-based study, the National Health and Nutrition and Examination Survey (NHANES) in 2176 participants (20-69 years of age). Normal audiometric thresholds were defined by pure-tone average (PTA4) of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 4.0 kHz ≤ 25 dBHL ...
Source: Hearing Research - Category: Audiology Authors: Tags: Hear Res Source Type: research
Conclusions: MD is uncommon in primary care in the UK with a preponderance among females.Audiol Neurotol 2017;22:74-82
Source: Audiology and Neurotology - Category: Audiology Source Type: research
ConclusionsVoice disorders in young adulthood were associated with hypertension, tinnitus, and anxiety. Greater awareness of these relationships may facilitate voice evaluation among people who seek healthcare for these chronic conditions. Level of Evidence2b Laryngoscope, 2016
Source: The Laryngoscope - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Tags: Laryngology Source Type: research
Conclusion Many people use medicines like paracetamol or ibuprofen for aches and pains. There's no suggestion from this study that occasional use to manage a headache or muscle strain is harmful. But the study is a reminder that regular use – defined by the researchers as two days or more a week – could have health consequences over time. However, this study has some limitations. As a cohort study, it can't prove cause and effect between paracetamol and NSAIDs and hearing loss. And it mainly included white women, all in the US, so we don't know if the results apply to other groups. Also, the increased risk ...
Source: NHS News Feed - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Source Type: news
CONCLUSIONS: Catheter-directed embolisation of peripheral AVMs with Onyx® resulted in major clinical improvement or complete disappearance of symptoms in the vast majority of patients, although complete angiographic exclusion of the AVMs occurred in only a minority of patients. PMID: 27598050 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: VASA. Zeitschrift fur Gefasskrankheiten. Journal for Vascular Diseases - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Vasa Source Type: research
Conclusions This study has identified the main signs and symptoms of HAVS among coal workers exposed to HTV in China. More information related to occupational safety and health programs are required to reduce the risk of HAVS.
Source: International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics - Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research
Objectives/HypothesisQuantify the relationships between tinnitus, and anxiety and depression among adults. Study DesignCross‐sectional analysis of a national health survey. MethodsAdult respondents in the 2007 Integrated Health Interview Series tinnitus module were analyzed. Data for tinnitus symptoms and severity and reported anxiety and depression symptoms were extracted. Associations between tinnitus problems and anxiety, depression, lost workdays, days of alcohol consumption, and mean hours of sleep were assessed. ResultsAmong 21.4 ± 0.69 million adult tinnitus sufferers, 26.1% reported problems with anxiety i...
Source: The Laryngoscope - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Tags: Otology/Neurotology Source Type: research
Objectives/HypothesisChronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) is a common infectious condition that can cause hearing loss and persistent otorrhea. The prevalence rates of CSOM in developed countries is typically 4 years of age (n = 25,147), the prevalence of CSOM was 3.13% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 3.07‐3.92). Specifically, the prevalence of tympanic membrane perforation, retraction pocket, and obvious cholesteatoma was 1.78% (95% CI = 1.51‐2.00), 1.21% (95% CI = 1.02‐1.40), and 0.34% (95% CI = 0.24‐0.44), respectively. The prevalence of CSOM increased with age (P 19 years of age, hearing threshold, the prese...
Source: The Laryngoscope - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Tags: Otology/Neurotology Source Type: research
What if you could zap your brain into a state of calm or energy with only the push of a button? It may sound like the stuff of sci-fi, but it's now the promise of a new class of tech wearables created by teams of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and neuroscientists. Several devices have come onto the market claiming to use brain stimulation to alter an individual's mental state. One of the latest is Thync Vibes ($299), a stick-on device that delivers low-grade electrical pulses ("vibes") into the scalp to cause a change in automatic nervous system activity.  How does it actually work? Those who ar...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - Category: Science Source Type: news
Background: Limited, outdated, and poor quality data are available on the prevalence of tinnitus, particularly in Italy. Methods: A face-to-face survey was conducted in 2014 on 2,952 individuals, who represented the Italian population aged 18 or more (50.6 million). Any tinnitus was defined as the presence of ringing or buzzing in the ears lasting for at least 5 min in the previous 12 months. Results: Any tinnitus was reported by 6.2% of Italian adults, chronic tinnitus (i.e. for more than 3 months) by 4.8%, and severe tinnitus (i.e. which constitutes a big or very big problem) by 1.2%. The corresponding estimates for the ...
Source: Neuroepidemiology - Category: Epidemiology Source Type: research
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