Showing posts with label hearing loss. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hearing loss. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Cochlear implants evolving

The Washington Post had an interesting article on cochlear implants - "One Implant Made an Impact. Might Two Do Even More? For Family, Second Cochlear Surgery Was a Difficult Decision," By Anne Dooley, Special to The Washington Post, Tuesday, January 6, 2009; Page HE05. The article discussed how the use of the implants and the number used is changing (from one to two for various reasons) after the requisite fights with insurance companies.

If anyone has one of these to donate to the museum, even non-working, please let us know.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Diabetes and hearing loss

As part of my once-in-a-while campaign to spread the word about the long-term effects of Agent Orange, let me pass along to you a report from the NIH about the connection between diabetes and hearing loss.

"The link between diabetes and hearing loss was evident across all frequencies, with a stronger association in the high frequency range. Mild or greater hearing impairment of low- or mid-frequency sounds in the worse ear was about 21 percent in 399 adults with diabetes compared to about 9 percent in 4,741 adults without diabetes. For high frequency sounds, mild or greater hearing impairment in the worse ear was 54 percent in those with diabetes compared to 32 percent in those who did not have the disease."

How does Agent Orange fit in? As I noted in a prior post, the Veterans' Administration has stipulated that Agent Orange causes diabetes. So, once again, all of you Vietnam vets out there - if you have health problems, contact the VA.