Articles – Hearing Loss by Monique Hammond

Subjective Tinnitus

The Phantom Sounds of Subjective Tinnitus

October 19, 2021

Subjective Tinnitus, the infamous “ringing in the ears” derives its name from the Latin verb tinnire, which means “to ring.” It is said to be a symptom of an underlying process rather than a condition in itself. Usually simply referred to…

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Hearing Loops & Telecoils Ease Travel

October 6, 2021

Hearing loops & telecoils create assistive listening systems Travel happens mostly in sound environments that generate serious communication challenges for those with hearing loss. Yet, understanding speech in the least amount of background noise is a major issue for those…

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Wavy Pattren

Might that Persistent Dizziness be PPPD?

September 16, 2021

Dizzy and unsteady? Check it out! Dizziness is a symptom with numerous and diverse causes. It is not normal and must be checked out, the sooner the better. Untangling the complexities of “dizziness” is a serious diagnostic challenge for doctors. …

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Lazy Ear in children

Lazy Ear in Children

August 28, 2021

A sound processing disorder The technical term for “Lazy Ear” is ambly-audia, which means dulled or blunted hearing. Although the condition can be genetic, it is often acquired during the phases of hearing development and maturation in infancy and throughout the childhood…

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Cytomegalovirus and newborn deafness

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Newborn Deafness and Hearing Loss

July 19, 2021

The dangers of congenital CMV during pregnancy Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common, non-genetic cause for hearing loss or deafness in newborn babies. If the virus that infects the mother during pregnancy is passed on to the child, he/she will be…

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Ebselen as a ray of hope

Ebselen: A Ray of Hope for the World of Hearing Loss?

July 6, 2021

Phase 3 drug trial – a cause for optimism? Every time that I read about a new drug going into clinical trials for the treatment of tinnitus or hearing loss, I tend to do a contained, internal Happy Dance.  Recently,…

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Connexin Hear Loss gene therapy

Hope for Connexin 26 Hearing Loss Gene Therapy?

June 9, 2021

How come that babies can be born deaf to hearing parents?   Congenital hearing loss and Connexin 26 The expression “congenital” means that hearing loss or deafness is present at birth. The reasons of why this happens are often murky.…

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ASHA logo

It’s May, the Time to Take Action on Hearing and Speech Issues

May 11, 2021

During the month of May, people are called upon to raise awareness on many diverse topics. It is also my birth month. But I never ever thought that May would become important to me as “Better Hearing and Speech” Month. …

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Green Ribbon Hook

Hidden, Silent Disability Travel Woes

May 6, 2021

Yes, hearing loss is often called a “a hidden or a silent disability.” Invisible to outsiders, it causes all sorts of challenges for daily life but when it comes to travel, it can lead to anxiety and panic situations. Hearing…

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Sudden Hearing Loss

Sudden Hearing Loss is a Medical Emergency

April 28, 2021

Fast, noticeable losses For me, a sudden left-sided deafness became a scary and life-altering event. The longer name for this condition is Sudden SensoriNeural Hearing Loss (SSNHL). “Sensori” refers to  damage to the inner-ear cochlear hearing cells and “neural” refers…

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