Category Archives: Interesting facts

Jan 24 2019

Hearing loss or memory issue?

Continuing the discussion we started last week on memory, let’s look at how hearing loss could potentially mimic some of the early signs of conditions that affect memory, such as Alzheimer’s. Recent studies that have investigated this found that a small percentage of those who thought they might have a memory condition turned out to […]

Jan 17 2019

How hearing and short-term memory are linked

Do you experience trouble recalling the name of a person you just met or information you just received? While there are many possible reasons for this, one could be hearing loss. Several studies over the past few decades have shown that hearing loss can affect short term memory.

May 04 2018

How noise can affect our dining experience

In our last post we discussed tips for hearing in noisy restuarants. Diffuculty communicating is the most obvious way noise affects our dining experience. But, did you know that noise may also affect our sense of taste too? Thats right. A recent study published in the journal Flavour found that noise can impact how we […]

Apr 12 2018

Can permanent hearing loss be ‘cured by medication?

The short answer to the above question is not yet. However, research is moving us in that direction and hearing loss that was once thought permanent may be reversible one day. For example recent research from USC and Harvard has led to the development of a drug that can be delivered to the inner ear […]

Mar 02 2018

How do Roosters maintain their hearing?

For today’s blog we thought we would deviate a bit and give you some interesting animal facts. Now, if you have ever heard a Rooster crowing you know the sound can be quite loud. In fact, researchers who recorded Rooster calls found that some can be well over 100 decibels; loud enough to cause permanent […]

Dec 14 2017

Beware of noisy toys

Noisy toys that emit music, beeps, sirens and other loud sounds can be great fun for kids, but more than likely a little annoying to the adults around them. Besides the annoyance, did you know they could potentially put children’s hearing at risk? That’s right, children’s ears are especially sensitive to noise, so, special care […]

Nov 23 2017

Could your daily commute contribute to hearing loss?

It is a fact of life that cities are noisy places. Could that noise be contributing to hearing loss? A recent study conducted in Toronto suggests yes, it could. Measurements were taken in various vehicles: subway, streetcars, buses and cars, and while waiting on the street or platform. While the average noise did not reach […]

Sep 28 2017

The future is wireless

Everywhere you look we seem to be going wireless: from phones, to computers, even everyday appliances. Hearing aids are no exception. But, what does this mean and how does it benefit you? A wireless set of hearing aids can communicate with each other. This means that if one hearing aid adjusts itself because there is […]

Jul 27 2017

A headphone that protects your ears while listening to music

It has become difficult to walk down the street without seeing someone using a set of earbuds or headphones. They have become so ubiquitus that it is unlikely people are going to stop wearing them any time soon. So what’s the next best thing? Consumer electronics company Nakamichi may be working on a solution: a […]

Jul 20 2017

New evidence that noise exposure directly damages the brain

As if we didn’t already know noise exposure is not good for us, a recent Italian study has found that noise directly damages the brains of rats. That is, noise doesn’t simply affect the tiny structures of the inner ear, which we already know, but also damages the brain. The research reveals that noise results […]