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Excessive noise is an environmental issue

Excessive noise is an environmental issue

Excessive noise is an often-neglected form of environmental pollution. We are constantly bombarded by excessive noise — from leaf blowers and lawn mowers, motorcycles, loud car stereos, barking dogs, helicopters, airplanes, noisy neighbours, car traffic, raucous...

Amplifying the global issue of hearing loss

Amplifying the global issue of hearing loss

Hearing loss, which currently affects 20% of the global population, has risen from the 11th leading cause of years lived with disability in 2010 to the third in 2019. A complex web of determining factors impacts hearing at different stages of life, including genetic...

Human touch to computer-generated sign language

Human touch to computer-generated sign language

Television viewers in Japan have been watching their popular news presenter Yuki Goto describing sporting events in sign language, hands flitting from one pose to the next in a series of precise movements. But it wasn’t exactly Goto on their screens. The 25-year-old...

Whistle down the track for reduced noise pollution

Whistle down the track for reduced noise pollution

The whistle coming down the tracks is the sound of Europe's rail renaissance. Coming round the bend is increased adoption of high-speed rail transportation which promises to reduce road traffic and to curb harmful emissions. Prioritising sustainable rail transport...

Two types of sudden deafness

Two types of sudden deafness

A sudden hearing loss tends to be just that, very little warning, just a sudden event. However, not all sudden deafness is sensorineural (inner ear-related). There are two types of sudden hearing loss that may happen, they are: Sudden Conductive Hearing Loss Sudden...

Hearing Rehabilitation versus cognitive impairment

Hearing Rehabilitation versus cognitive impairment

Dementia is a highly prevalent and potentially devastating disease that has been the subject of considerable attention from public health researchers. Given the multifaceted nature of its development and the lack of effective medical therapies, a common public health...