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As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic evolves, the virus's symptoms continue to expand across the human body. Caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the coronavirus infection causes many severe complications in some people, especially those at a higher risk of developing a serious illness. Many complications have been reported, including heart disease and prolonged respiratory issues

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year and the effects go far beyond loss of hearing. Exposure to excessive noise can affect more than just workers’ hearing. It can also create dangerous situations, such as an inability to hear warning signals, a decline in one’s ability to communicate

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A man in the U.K. developed sudden and permanent  hearing loss  in one ear after battling a  severe case of COVID-19 , according to a new report. His doctors are now warning others to be on the lookout for this rare but serious complication, which has been reported in a handful of COVID-19 patients around the world. Early identification of

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  We hear sounds in part because tiny filaments inside our inner ears help convert voices, music and noises into electrical signals that are sent to our brains for processing. Now, scientists have mapped and simulated those filaments at the atomic level, a discovery that shed lights on how the inner ear works and that could help researchers learn more

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Inner hair cells of the cochlea (green and blue) excite auditory nerve fibers (red) by releasing glutamate, a chemical signal that helps convert sound waves into electrical signals that travel to the brain. But too much glutamate can be harmful, leading to noise-induced hearing loss. Studying mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and their colleagues

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The sensory cells that line the inner ear, known as hair cells, play an important role in our sense of hearing, but are also prone to irreversible damage from stresses like excessive noise. Scientists investigating regenerative treatments for this kind of hearing loss have made an important advance, demonstrating how a single protein can determine whether embryonic hair cells mature

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Among the roles that vitamin B12 performs is keeping your blood and nerve cells healthy, as well as help in making DNA, the genetic material present in all cells. You can bet sufficient amounts of vitamin B12 in your diet. For those who follow a purely vegan diet, may struggle to fill the amount required by the body. This is because

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“Large numbers” of workers in the service industry “have an elevated risk of hearing loss and need immediate hearing conservation efforts,” NIOSH researchers say in a recent study. The researchers analyzed the results of 1.9 million audiograms of workers who were exposed to occupational noise from 2006 to 2015, including audiograms of more than 158,000 workers employed in the service

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Opioid use, particularly in high doses, can cause deafness, according to Rutgers researchers. The study, published in  The Journal of Medical Toxicology , reviewed records from the New Jersey Poison Control Center, based at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, from 1999 to 2018 to determine the association between opioid use and degrees of hearing loss. Researchers identified 41 people with opioid exposure who experienced

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Hearing impairment was linked to neuropathological hallmarks of dementia, an autopsy study suggested. In older adults who were cognitively normal, impaired hearing was associated with tau neurofibrillary degeneration, reported Willa Brenowitz, PhD, MPH, of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and co-authors. And in people with dementia, hearing loss was tied to microinfarcts but not to tau tangles, the

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