Chickens may have provided scientists with a glimpse into hearing loss.


For ten days, researchers exposed chickens to an antibiotic known to cause hearing loss. Over time, the chickens lost the tiny hair cells that are crucial to hearing, but three weeks later, something amazing happened.


Upon re-checking the chickens, nearly all the hair cells in their ears had grown back. The cells that facilitate hearing have the ability to regenerate in some animals. Although re-growth has yet to be successfully seen in mammals, current trials have partially restored hair cells and hearing in mice.


Years from now, that research could potentially cure hearing loss in humans.


Until then, let Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida take care of your hearing loss. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

Not only is hearing loss linked to fatal illnesses such as heart and kidney disease, it also contributes to the onset of psychological disorders, including dementia and depression. And now there’s another negative to add to that list.

Research by Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging revealed that hearing loss increases the likelihood of falls, which can lead to bodily harm.

According to the CDC, "In 2000, the direct medical cost of fatal fall injuries totaled $179 million. On average, the hospitalization cost for each fall injury is $18,000." Untreated hearing loss costs millions each year, and falls add to these rising costs.

Here are a few ways you can reduce your risk of falling.

Hearing loss isn’t limited to the average blue or white collar worker. It is a problem that touches millions around the world. If you’re experiencing hearing loss,  Manatee Hearing Center in Bradenton, Florida can help. Our talented staff can provide solutions to your hearing loss problem.

Here are a few celebrities who also experience hearing loss.

When some people hear about hearing loss, they think about older adults or seniors. But did you know approximately 1%-2% of newborns are affected?

Hearing loss is one of the most common disorders in newborns so 24 to 48 hours after birth, the baby will have a basic hearing test to assess their abilities. In most cases, extensively trained nurses or medical assistants are running the exams.

If, for some reason, the newborn does not pass, a rescreen is usually done. If the infant does not pass the second hearing test, they will be referred to a specialist for further testing.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly four million workers are exposed to dangerous levels of noise every day. That’s roughly 22 million workers every year!

Consider the numbers

  • About 44% of carpenters and 48% of plumbers report some degree of hearing loss.
  • 49% of miners are expected to have some degree of hearing loss by age 50. By age 60, that number jumps to 70%.
  • By comparison, only 9% of the general population will have some degree of hearing loss by age 50.


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