Gradual hearing loss is a common symptom of aging, but in some people it may also be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, a new study suggests.
Mental exercises won't prevent Alzheimer's disease, but they may delay it. Patty Lane has more in the Health Minute.
I have been on antidepressants for many years and have taken almost every kind of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. One side effect I developed is temporomandibular joint disease symptoms and tinnitus. I also recently have been diagnosed with attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder. All of these medications aggravate my TMJ. The only medication that has helped me in the past is Valium. I am now taking clonazepam with less effectiveness. How common are TMJ symptoms and tinnitus with both of these medications? Any suggestions on how can I get relief for my jaw pain and ringing in my ears?
I am a 62-year-old male. For over a year now I have been having a whistling in both of my ears. It goes on 24/7 and I am at the end of my rope. Please help me.
Julian Treasure says our increasingly noisy world is gnawing away at our mental health and has an 8-step plan to fix it.
Most of us have become so used to suppressing noise that we don't think much about what we're hearing, or about how we listen. Yet our well-being is now being seriously damaged by modern sound. Here are 10 things about sound and health that you may not know:
The noise in the concert hall is loud, throbbing. The crowd chants, "Metallica ... Metallica!"
Listening to loud sounds without ear protection can do serious damage to your ears, as CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports.
From motorcycles to lawnmowers, life is full of noise, but new research shows that it presents a bigger danger for some people than others.
What is the best remedy for ringing in the ears?
Agatha Christie was a painfully shy girl, so her mom homeschooled her even though her two older siblings attended private school.
Friedrich Nietzsche said, "Without music, life would be a mistake." Music is a big part of many people's lives. For some, music is life.
CNN's Drew Griffin looks behind the scenes of a bank failure that wound up costing the FDIC $500 million.
Sitting back in his leather chair, working as a consultant for a small Las Vegas bank, Tod Little is sure of one thing: Practically anyone, he says, could have made money as a banker in the go-go days of real estate in Nevada. Go-go days that lasted until the fall of 2008.
CNN's Abbie Boudreau interviews FBI agents and a soldier injured by flash bang grenades.
The explosion happened without warning around 4 a.m. in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Jason Yeh wanted to build a communication device that at least 10% of the U.S. population would be eager to use. Early adopters would include Jason, 24, and his father, John, 61, who had just sold the family software company. The Yehs could tap into federal funding that would cover most operating costs and launch the company with a modest $1.5 million in startup capital. They had access to cheap skilled labor. And they could avoid pricey market research, because they knew their market intimately.
Alex Abadi is not just doing a good deed by hiring students from the Texas School for the Deaf. The 49-year-old owner of Image Microsystems, an Austin-based business that repairs and recycles computer parts, also credits deaf employees with the rapid growth of his recycling division, which has nearly doubled his sales.
Expert Brian Fligor discusses the damage from personal audio devices and how to prevent it
A BBC reality show pits disabled women against each other. But is this the proper platform to confront stereotypes?
Prince isn't the only Minneapolis/St. Paul resident who likes to reinvent himself. Seven years ago, IntriCon (No. 22 on the 2008 FSB 100 list) was selling huge industrial furnaces to the steel industry. Today its business is "bodyworn devices," including miniature parts for hearing aids, sensors for medical devices, and wireless earpieces for government security agents.
Tens of thousands of people head to Columbus every fall during Ohio State's football season. I'm as much a road-trip loving football fan as the next guy, but I actually never thought the Ohio capital was as charming as say Madison, Wisconsin, or Ann Arbor, Michigan. I obviously wasn't looking very hard. With a revamped downtown and a booming population (it surpassed Cleveland in size in the 1980s), the city has restyled itself from a college town into a fairly happening urban center.
Sometimes I stumble across a book that leaves essential details unexplained and critical questions unanswered, that stacks the deck in its identification of villains and heroes, and whose author tries to adopt a pose of cool disinterest but can't suppress partisan passion.
With 22 states holding their primaries and caucuses on February 5's "Tsunami Tuesday," the candidates now find themselves trying to win the support of the different ethnic communities that can deliver a bloc of votes
Musoma is a very religious region of Tanzania and David goes to church every Saturday to translate for the deaf children.
A New York judge has turned down Foxy Brown's plea to travel to California for a medical procedure.
An American soldier in Afghanistan, a missionary in Uganda and a deaf activist from California have been named CNN Heroes finalists for their work as "Community Crusaders."
Meet three CNN Heroes: Sgt. Maj. James McDowell, Julie Rems-Smario and Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe.
I-reporter Norman Arroyo voluntarily evacuated his family from their Chula Vista home south of San Diego.
As wildfires raged and thousands of Californians evacuated their homes, CNN.com readers shared their stories of heroism, words of thanks and offers of assistance.
Men taking any of the three erectile dysfunction drugs - Viagra, Levitra or Cialis - or the blood pressure medication Revatio may be at increased risk for sudden hearing loss, prompting Food and Drug Administration officials to require label changes by the manufacturer.
Men taking any of three erectile dysfunction drugs -- Viagra, Levitra or Cialis -- may be at increased risk for sudden hearing loss, prompting Food and Drug Administration officials to require label changes for the medications.
Lizzie Cameron is in Musoma, Tanzania working with the Musoma Engineering Project.
Authorities investigating a racially charged incident at a high school for deaf people say it may have started with a group of students "horsing around."
Gallaudet pres. Robert Davila discusses the incident that left a black student with a swastika and 'KKK' drawn on him.
A weekend incident with racial overtones at a high school for deaf students could result in criminal charges with "enhanced penalties for a hate crime," Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Wednesday.
Lizzie Cameron is in Musoma, Tanzania working with the Musoma Engineering Project.
Jane Wyman, Oscar winner as the deaf rape victim in "Johnny Belinda," star of the long-running TV series "Falcon Crest" and first wife of Ronald Reagan, has died
With more ill and injured people unable to speak English, hospitals, clinics and rescue squads are turning to picture boards to bridge the communication gap with easily understood images.
An embarrassed Japanese government has cut the subsidy, but a Tokyo TV company said on Friday it would carry on making a striptease news show with sign language for hearing-impaired viewers.
A top special operations officer with Lebanon's Hezbollah militia pretended to be deaf and mute when he was captured in Iraq earlier this year, hampering efforts to obtain his identity for weeks, U.S. intelligence officials said.
Whoever's rocking your iPod today, do yourself a favor and turn it down. Those tiny earbuds pump music directly into the ear canal, making it easier to do permanent damage. Live music or sports, power tools, and even hair dryers can spell trouble for your hearing, too.
AH, VANITY, THY NAME IS...BOOMER?
With, oh, maybe a little touch-up around the edges, you can be the30-year-old you still think you are. (Well, almost.) Here's what it will cost.
When it comes to babies, we pay a lot of attention to the five senses. Colorful mobiles, famous composers' lullabies, foods introduced in a certain order, the bunny to pat. But when was the last time you stopped and smelled the roses? Gave yourself a taste treat? Or took a moment to truly appreciate the feel of your fur-lined boots as you pull them on?
If you get an e-mail announcing the cost-of-living increases scheduled for 2007 Social Security benefits and purporting to be from the Social Security Administration, don't answer it and don't click on any links in the e-mail.
The board of trustees at Gallaudet University announced Sunday it was withdrawing the appointment of Jane K. Fernandes as president of the prestigious school for deaf people.
Students at Gallaudet University remained barricaded inside one of the main campus buildings Friday, protesting the school's presidential selection and what students call a pattern of prejudice at the largely deaf institution.
Air travelers are more likely to suffer from stress and anxiety or find themselves displaying "air rage" than experiencing dehydration, extreme fatigue or nausea, according to a survey on in-flight health problems.
Nine-month-old Alexandra lets her mother know when she is hungry. Andrew, 11 months, makes it clear he wants some milk. They may be too young to speak, but Alexandra and Andrew have joined the growing numbers of hearing babies who are learning sign language to tell their parents what they are thinking.
The era of the real-life bionic man may be a little bit closer after scientists in the U.S. announced they had successfully implanted a chip into the brain of a quadriplegic man enabling him to use a computer and operate a robotic arm.
Most people know somebody who claims to be "tone deaf." Now scientists in the UK are using the Internet to conduct the largest ever investigation into the musical listening disorder.
Ever since our ancestors first started making tools, humanity has been trying to go beyond its limitations to improve on the way our bodies interact with nature.
Deaf beauty contest winner Tara McAvoy was walking along the railroad tracks from her Austin, Texas, home to her mother's workplace, text-messaging family and friends, when a train struck her and killed her, according to the Austin Police Department.
Teenagers are more concerned about damaging their hearing with portable music players than adults, but more than half say they're not going to cut down on listening time and a third say they're not going to turn down the volume.
Joshua Foreman, 14, was born profoundly deaf. He now has a cochlear implant fitted in each of his ears, and was one of the first people to have two implants fitted. The implants send electronic impulses of sound past his damaged auditory nerves to his brain, letting him hear again. Here is his story:
Enormous advances are being made in all areas of technology on a daily basis. CNN's Human Technology special talks to some of the people whose lives have been affected by these innovations. Click on the links below to read their stories.
CNN.com users share their experiences of how technology is changing our lives.
A product design graduate has created a device that allows deaf people to "feel" music with their fingertips through an audio speaker.
After a lengthy legal fight that went all the way to Florida's highest court, a judge Wednesday gave prosecutors some of Rush Limbaugh's private medical records related to his use of prescription drugs. But the judge returned the rest of the records, seized in 2003, to the conservative talk show host.
"CAN YOU HERE me now?" isn't just a slogan; it's an annoyingly familiar refrain for cell-phone users. Palo Alto startup Sound ID wants to silence that question by outfitting wireless headsets with ...
After he had driven four hours to buy a wheel-chair that would allow him to play tennis--and was ignored by the salespeople at the company that made it--John Box was so angry that he decided to do ...
Queens of the Stone Age are starting to resemble one of those rotating-roster superhero teams, like the Avengers, that recruit new members the way some of us change socks.
Telephone conversations are difficult if you are hearing-impaired, but a group of scientists has created technology that makes things easier.
I am, as people who meet me quickly conclude, the simplest of people. Plop me in front of Eight Simple Rules, and I am a happy boy. Stick me in the corner with a copy of Real Simple, FSB's sister m...
David Green sets up affordable health-care projects in developing countries, but in 2005 he'll tackle something new. The founder and executive director of Project Impact, a Berkeley-based nonprofit...
How does Ed McBain do it? Just months after the publication of "The Frumious Bandersnatch," the 53rd entry in his 87th Precinct series, here comes number 54.
Dublin-born and raised in Britain, Margaret Hassan dedicated much of her life to improving the lives of ordinary people of Iraq.
Federal regulations require that hearing aids be custom-fitted by licensed audiologists, driving the average cost up to a pricey $2,200. Entrepreneur Mead Killion's firm, Etymotic Research, based i...
(CNN) -- If you've ever experienced ringing in your ears after a night of clubbing or attending a gig, tune in now. There are simple measures you can take to avoid permanent hearing damage.
The author of a new book that has put former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill at the center of a swirling controversy said Wednesday none of the documents he used in his research were classified.
It's just the kind of dilemma that entrepreneurs like David Green love. The West has cutting-edge, high-tech medicine, but the poor of the world, who sorely need it, can't come close to affording i...
I remember my grandmother asking my grandfather if he wanted her to sew his pants, to which he replied, "What? You want to go to France?" We had lots of fun at my grandfather's expense, but it's no...
At meetings you deliver sparkling insights. Problem is, you can't tell when a colleague has made the same point minutes before. To your ears, Joan's comment that a job seeker would "fit in" sounds ...
Everyone knows that George W. Bush has trouble speaking, but now people are wondering whether he is hard of hearing. What else can explain his deafness to public sentiment? Given his druthers, Bush...
Kiril Sokoloff has always danced to the beat of a different drum. Only problem was, for years he couldn't hear the music. You see, Sokoloff is a big-think, independent investment analyst who sells ...
Veronique Roger, a consultant in cardiovascular diseases and internal medicine, is running late, but I hardly notice. I'm fascinated by the photo of two identical-looking beef dinners on the wall. ...
Soaring medical bills. Limited insurance coverage. Expensive care for the aged and critically ill. Sounds like the familiar list of problems being addressed in Washington, D.C., right? Not so fast....
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In 1989, Exabyte, a Boulder, Colorado, manufacturer of computer storage tape drives, hired Mike Kirchner, who is deaf, to work in its assembly plant. Any fears the company had about Kirchner's abil...
DISAPPEARING HEARING AID -- Many people who suffer from hearing loss would rather live with the problem than wear a hearing device. Now Philips Hearing Instruments has developed a practically invis...
CATALINA MARKETING Landfills of America overflow with Sunday newspaper ad inserts, and research shows that shoppers who actually cash in their Tender Vittles coupons are usually the same brand loya...
To most of the world, Chairman Akio Morita has always been the star of Sony. But if you ask Morita -- or anyone else at Sony -- the real technical genius has always been Masaru Ibuka, 83, the lanky...
It's 8 p.m., and in the spacious three-bedroom home of Kevin and Cheryl Clarke in Edmonds, Wash., 15 miles north of Seattle, six-year-old Jeffrey is getting ready to go to bed. For Jeffrey, this me...
CLUB MED 1 The outfit that calls itself ''the antidote for civilization'' is taking a shot at the fast-growing cruise business with a big, big sailboat. The newly christened Club Med 1, a 617-foot,...
Imagine this. You get a note one day from the Internal Revenue Service saying the agency feels bad that it's been taxing you on money you need to pay for such basic expenses as health insurance ded...
Technology is opening up new ways to communicate with the more than 20 million Americans who are deaf or hearing-impaired. This means new opportunities for businesses to reach these potential custo...
In which your correspondent resumes his never-explained custom of propounding ornately long-winded questions absolutely none of which seem to get a real response, although to be utterly fair some m...