Millennials risk going DEAF because their headphones don't limit 'dangerously high' noise levels
The World Health Organisation, in Geneva, is urging manufacturers to ensure smartphones and other audio players cap volume limit - and restrict the amount of time people can listen to loud music.
(NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders) A genetic variant found only in people of African descent significantly increases a smoker's preference for cigarettes containing menthol, a flavor additive. The variant of the MRGPRX4 gene is five to eight times more frequent among smokers who use menthol cigarettes than other smokers. The multi-ethnic study is the first to look across all genes to identify genetic vulnerability to menthol cigarettes.
Conclusion The normal curve for EDAL-1 was successfully established. The averages can be considered as the standard protocol for normality, serving as a reference for comparison with other populations. [...] Thieme Revinter Publicações Ltda Rio de Janeiro, BrazilArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents | Abstract | open access Full text
A deaf actor and playwright based in Edmonton, Chris Dodd is passionate about the arts but often leaves the theatre feeling underwhelmed, disconnected.
J Neurol Surg B DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1679891An auditory brainstem implant (ABI) is a surgically implanted central neural auditory prosthesis for the treatment of profound sensorineural hearing loss in children and adults who are not cochlear implant candidates due to a lack of anatomically intact cochlear nerves or implantable cochleae. The device consists of a multielectrode surface array which is placed within the lateral recess of the fourth ventricle along the brainstem and directly stimulates the cochlear nucleus, thereby bypassing the peripheral auditory system. In the United States, candidacy criteria for ABI include...
CONCLUSION: Compared with adult patients, adolescent patients with total-deafness SSNHL undergoing combination therapy may be less likely to have hearing recovery and the improvement of tinnitus. PMID: 30762471 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
CONCLUSION AND SIGNIFICANCE: Patients with a postlingual onset of a profound hearing loss in one ear and normal hearing or only a moderate loss in the other ear are able to make the effective use of a CI in the profound-loss ear in conjunction with acoustic stimulation of the other ear. PMID: 30762466 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
CONCLUSIONS AND SIGNIFICANCE: In the eight infants with common cavity deformity, vestibular ocular reflex was not present around the first year of life, but appeared after three or four years probably because of some vestibular sensory cells. Head control and independent walking were delayed but eventually acquired by the central vestibular compensation. PMID: 30762456 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
CONCLUSIONS AND SIGNIFICANCE: Our targeted NGS analysis added supports for the application of NGS in routine diagnosis and provided an overview of genetic variants with allele frequencies in the deaf population from the Minnan region. PMID: 30762455 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Editor’s note: We are publishing this post after the conclusion of the LA teachers’ strike in order to share insights for members about the continuing wave of strikes, such as the current one in Denver. As an administrator in the Speech and Language Program in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), I belong to the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, the union representing administrators. I’m not a member of the union on strike—United Teachers of Los Angeles—so my role during the strike was to provide instruction and supervisory support to those students who reported to scho...
The Geneva-based organisation offers guidelines for such venues, but they're not widely implemented. As a result, some reach 110 decibels - the equivalent to a chainsaw.