Struggling to Understand Speech? New Study Could Explain Why
Contributed by Lisa Packer, staff writer, Healthy Hearing | Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
The next time an older person asks you to repeat something you just said, don’t be too quick to assume their hearing is failing.
When someone asks for words to be repeated, the common perception is that their struggle to understand is due to hearing loss. And while that might be the case in some instances, a new study has revealed that the difficulty often lies in the aging brain, and can sometimes occur in cases where no hearing loss exists.
By Wayne Staab On November 22, 2016
Reprinted with kind permission from hearinghealthmatters.com
How loud can sound get? Could loud sound kill you? Are there limits, and if so, what are they? How are such things determined? All of these are interesting questions and an attempt will be made to answer these as best possible.
Two important lessons are supported by this article: one, the loudest thing in the world does not have to be seen to be heard and two, just because you can’t hear the sound doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
It seems appropriate that any rank ordering should be divided into non-living things and living things, including animals. As a result, all sounds/events in this article are known, not speculated upon based on past eras.
With training and administration of an amino acid, patients can learn to distinguish subtle differences in pitch
Posted in: Psychiatry / Medicine
NEW YORK NY (Dec. 2, 2016)--The inability to hear subtle changes in pitch, a common and debilitating problem for people with schizophrenia, is due to dysfunctional N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) brain receptors, according to a study by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers. The study also shows that this hearing issue can be improved by combining auditory training exercises with a drug that targets NMDA receptors.
AC/DC postponed their US tour after singer Brian Johnson was warned by doctors that he was at risk of “total hearing loss”. This is unsurprising, perhaps, given the decades that the Australian band has been pumping out the hard rock decibels. But deafness isn’t only a concern for rock musicians, or drum and bass DJs – from classical violinists to pop singers, in recent years it’s become clear that anyone around music a lot has reason to be equally worried.