What is Hearing Loss ?

Hearing loss, or hearing impairment happens when there is a problem with one or more parts of the ear or ears ("impairment" means something is not working correctly or as well as it should).

Someone who has hearing loss might be able to hear some sounds or nothing at all. People also may use the words deaf, deafness, or hard of hearing when they're talking about hearing loss.

About 3 in 1,000 babies are born with hearing impairment, making it the most common birth defect. A hearing problem can also develop later in life.

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Smoking is associated with increased risk of hearing loss, according to a study of over 50,000 participants over eight years.

What might alien music sound like? Would it be structured hierarchically as our music is with verses and a chorus? Would we even be able to appreciate it? Researchers think the answer would be yes, assuming it was predicated on local and non-local dependencies.

A new technique will allow for a more accurate diagnosis of patients who cannot actively participate in a speech understanding test because they're too young, for instance, or because they're in a coma. In the longer term, the method also holds potential for the development of smart hearing devices.


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