Photo credit: Oregon State University licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have identified a unique set of proteins that restore hearing. Unfortunately, the proteins were discovered only in zebrafish, not in humans, so whether the research will eventually lead to a
Photo credit: Daniel Frese by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Why am I writing about preventing dementia on a blog site dedicated to noise? Please let me explain. Dementia is common in older people, increasing with age. It is something everyone fears. And it is seen as something random and almost inevitable as
Photo credit: Sepehr Ehsani licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This press release from Boston’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary reports on the award of a large NIH grant to Sharon Kujawa, PhD, Charles Liberman, PhD, and others there. Why is this important? Because in 2009, Kujawa and Liberman
Photo credit: Blausen.com staff (2014), "Medical gallery of Blausen Medical 2014," licensed under CC BY 3.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Loud noise exposure, such as at a rock concert or after using a noisy appliance or power tool, causes temporary auditory symptoms such as muffling of sound. If hearing testing--audiometry--is performed,
Image courtesy of MIT Press by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition The phrase “of sound mind” is in the New Testament, but it came to have the legal meaning of "that state of a person’s mind which is adequate to reason and comes to a judgment upon ordinary subjects, like other rational people.”
Photo credit: Arina Krasnikova from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This report from the University of Rochester Medical Center describes research showing that in a mouse model, a combination of silence and broadband sounds (containing sounds at many different frequencies) may help preserve hearing. There are multiple steps over many years to
Photo credit: Marcus Aurelius from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Does the female hormone progesterone protect the ear from noise damage? It has long been known that females have better hearing than males, beginning in the second decade of life. This has always been ascribed to less participation in noisy hobbies
Research shows there is a genetic susceptibility to hearing loss from noise exposure. Whether you are more susceptible or not, there’s an easy way to avoid NIHL—avoid loud noise.