November 12, 2014 |
A hearing test given to Pennsylvania 11th graders every year may be failing to identify most of those with hearing loss, according to a study led by Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Part of the reason, the authors say, is that the test does not measure hearing ability at higher frequencies - the very ones that teenagers are likely to have trouble hearing after frequent exposure to loud music and other noise. State health officials say they are aware of the findings, published earlier this year in the Journal of Medical Screening, but are waiting for additional research before making any changes.
May 16, 2014
FLYERS FORWARD Steve Downie was to have surgery yesterday on his right ear to alleviate hearing loss resulting from a fight with Washington's Aaron Volpatti on Nov. 1. The 27-year-old forward, acquired the day before from Colorado for Max Talbot, slogged through a lost season as a result of the injury. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann will begin rehabbing his surgically repaired right ankle this week. His full recovery is expected in 6 to 8 weeks.
March 10, 2014 |
David Decker had all the signs. He often missed things that actors said on TV. Hearing in crowds was a challenge. And when he came home each day from work in a noisy data center, where cooling fans whirred nonstop, his wife would tell him he talked too loudly. Why not get hearing aids? A big reason: the cost. Decker, 70, of Northeast Philadelphia, learned what millions of aging baby boomers are starting to discover. High-end devices can cost $6,000 a pair, and most insurance plans cover a fraction of the cost at best.
January 29, 2014 |
'So . . . how did you two meet?" It's what one family member says to another when the latter brings home a prospective mate. Especially somebody different. Unexpected. As in "S/he's not one of us, is s/he? How did this happen?" How indeed is what's explored in Tribes , by English playwright Nina Raine, now being presented by Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in a coproduction with Pittsburgh's City Theatre Company. Billy (Tad Cooley) is the deaf son of an extremely verbal English family.
December 3, 2013 |
Noise is so ubiquitous you might not even notice that you've forgotten what silence sounds like. There are sirens, buses, planes, squealing brakes, and hostile horns if you frequent the city, and lawn mowers, leaf blowers, snow blowers, and over-vigilant dogs if you don't. There's whatever you're blasting through your ear buds, voices from the next 12 cubicles over, jarring cellphone ring tones, the television, children screaming, roaring sports fans, restaurants so loud you have laryngitis when you leave, snoring.
July 1, 2013
Exposure to tobacco smoke while in the womb can lead to diminished hearing by adolescence, doctors have found in the first study ever to link tobacco use and hearing impairment. The new research by Michael Weitzman and Anil Lalwani of the NYU-Langone School of Medicine suggests compounds in tobacco smoke cross the placenta and harm the auditory system. In the past, doctors have linked low birth weight, asthma, sudden infant death syndrome, and recurrent ear infections to both maternal smoking and exposure of the mother to secondhand smoke while pregnant.
November 29, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My wife of 25 years has an annoying habit that drives me crazy. When she starts a conversation with me, she'll speak in a very low voice and mumble without looking at me. I truly cannot hear or understand what she's saying and have to respond with, "Excuse me?" "Pardon me?" or "What?" When I speak to her, I make sure I talk clearly and in a loud enough voice, but she always throws the same remarks back at me - "Excuse me?" etc. She doesn't do this with anyone else.
August 3, 2011
T HE GIZMO: Maxell Kids Safe Headphones. GIMME A BREAK: It's a relief when the kids have earphones on a long road trip. Beats grown-up you being forced to listen to their repetitive video-game noises, teenybop tunes or jarring cartoon sound tracks. But while you're enjoying the calm, the kids may be doing themselves permanent damage, warns the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Listening too loudly for too long on headphones can lead to noise-induced hearing loss.
July 5, 2011 |
Joan Strachota, 71, formerly of Wallingford, who taught hearing-impaired children in Delaware County for 36 years, died of kidney cancer Wednesday, June 15, at White Horse Village in Newtown Square. Ms. Strachota spent her professional career working with hard-of-hearing children at Delaware County Intermediate Unit in Morton. She believed most children born with a hearing loss could learn to speak and to "listen" by reading lips and using hearing aids, said Marcia Finisdore, whose three children inherited hearing loss from her and were taught by Ms. Strachota.
March 29, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My heart ached after reading the letter from "Stumped in California," who wondered what could be done about an older co-worker, "Anita," who she said was showing "signs of dementia. " I would caution her about making judgments based on stereotypes of older workers and their health problems. Like Anita, I am in my late 60s. I am also underwater in my mortgage, which means I have no nest egg. Because my husband is unemployed, my savings have been depleted. My short-term memory is poor, and the meds I am on to help me function do not improve my memory.