The Power of Vitamins


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While vitamins are important to overall health, some have been reported to be beneficial for maintaining hearing health such as: Vitamins C Because Vitamin C is considered to be an antioxidant, it’s believed to be helpful in preventing damage to hair cells in the cochlea. In addition, scientists at the Universityof Michigan Kresge Hearing ResearchInstitute

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MIT Researchers Power Radio Chip from Ear’s “Natural Battery”


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Researchers at MIT have powered an implantable electronic device using the electrical potential that resides deep in the inner ear. Deep in the inner ear of mammals is a natural battery, a chamber filled with ions that produces an electrical potential to drive neural signals. In a recent issue of the journal Nature Biotechnology, a

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Hang up on Elmo?


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Michelle Hobar of the Public Interest Research Group warns that the Elmo cell phone being marketed to kids 18 months and older is too loud. She said while the multi-colored flip phone fits within the general safety standards of 85 decibels at 10 inches, it’s 74-decibel level is still too loud because of a simple

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New Research: Diabetic Patients Have Higher Prevalence of Hearing Loss


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Patients with diabetes have a significantly higher prevalence of hearing impairment than patients without diabetes, according to a study to be published in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). Study authors note that the increased risk of hearing loss is likely to be independent of the effect of aging or a

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