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Link Between Hearing Loss And Iron Deficiency Anaemia

People with iron deficiency anaemia have more than twice the rate ofanaemia hearing loss as people without the disorder.

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in the US came to this conclusion after examining more than 300,000 adults with hearing loss.

When the researchers looked at the types of hearing loss, the overall risk for sensorineural hearing loss in people with iron deficiency anaemia was 82% higher than for someone without the blood condition.


The risk of a mixed hearing loss (a combination of sensorineural hearing loss and conductive hearing loss) was 240% higher than for people without iron deficiency anaemia.

According to the author the study only shows a connection between hearing loss and iron deficiency anaemia. The study does not prove that the one causes the other.

In the study the researchers checked the prevalence of hearing loss in more than 300,000 adults from 2011 to 2015. The adults were between the ages of 21 and 90, with an average age of 50. 56.6% were women, 43.4% were men.

The study was published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.

Read more about this study 

Big Ben Silenced To Protect Workers’ Hearing During Repairs

Hearbase managing director Mark Scutchings has been interviewed on air over theBig Ben decision to silence Big Ben while renovation work takes place to the clock and tower at the Houses of Parliament.

BBC Radio Kent presenter Lembit Opik interviewed Mark on Tuesday morning. This followed the decision to stop the famous clock’s “bongs” for four years to protect the hearing of workers carrying out repairs.

Big Ben’s bongs sound at 118 decibels, which Mark said meant there was a health and safety justification for silencing them while renovation takes place.

“In a working environment we have to take noise seriously when the levels are in the region of 80-85 decibels,” Mark said. He added that 118 decibels was “an awful lot louder than 85 decibels.”

“If a noise level reaches 120 decibels you can suffer immediate and irreparable damage to your hearing so this is pretty loud,” he said.

Hearing loss

“Because we take hearing protection seriously now and because employers have a legal obligation to protect the hearing of workers the amount of occupational hearing loss has markedly reduced.”

When people are exposed to noise levels higher than 85 decibels for a long period the hair cells in the inner ear are gradually destroyed, Mark said. This could lead to high frequency hearing loss.

A spokesman for the parliamentary authorities said: “The chimes are being stopped to provide a safe environment for the people working on the scaffolding.

Serious risk

“Constant proximity to the chimes would pose a serious risk to their hearing and would prevent efficient working. People will be working on the scaffolding day-in day-out throughout the works and, while protective headgear could be provided, it is not desirable for individuals working at height to have their hearing obscured as there is concern that the ability to hear each other and any alarms could be affected.”

The final bongs until 2021 will take place at noon on Monday, August 21.  The renovation includes taking apart the clock mechanism and examining and repairing each piece, fixing cracks in the tower’s masonry and repairing the frame that holds the bells up.

Big Ben will to continue to chime on special occasions such as New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Sunday.

To hear Mark’s interview on Radio Kent click here.

Free Hearing Tests While You Do Your Shopping

Hearbase audiologists are holding free hearing tests at Free hearing tests while you do your shoppingsupermarkets in Canterbury and Westwood Cross in Thanet over the summer.

They’ll also answer questions and give advice on hearing-related matters, such as noise protection, tinnitus and problems with excessive earwax.

Our audiologists will be at Sainsbury’s at Westwood Cross, on Wednesday, July 26, Wednesday, August 23 and Wednesday, September 20.

And they will also be at Notcutts Garden Centre, Newnham Court, Bearsted Road, Weavering, Maidstone on Tuesday, September  26.

No appointments needed

Tests are carried out in our fully-equipped mobile vehicle (pictured) which has its own hearing testing booth.

You don’t need an appointment – just turn up on the day for your free hearing check while you do your shopping.

Hearbase managing director Mark Scutchings said: “We have carried out these free hearing checks for some years now and we find that many of the people we see have significant hearing problems.

“Our environment is getting louder. As people are living longer it is important to reduce the risk of hearing damage at an early age. It is not just an issue for those over 60. Young people should be looking after their hearing now as well.”

Hearbase Audiologists At The Kent Show

Audiologists from Hearbase spent three days at theHearbase audiologsts at the Kent Show Kent Show at Detling with the company’s mobile testing unit.

They carried out hearing tests in its fully-equipped testing booth and also answered hearing-related questions from the show’s many visitors.


Leaflets and brochures containing information about Hearbase’s wide-ranging services were handed out. The audiologists also gave advice about tinnitus, hearing protection and industrial noise screenings.


Free Hearing Tests At The Kent Show

We’ll be offering free hearing tests at the Kent Show this weekend Free hearing tests at the Kent Show– with a chance to win some great prizes.

Everyone who has a free hearing check from our mobile unit (pictured) will be entered into a prize draw.

Our mobile is fully-equipped and has its own hearing testing booth. Our team of audiologists will carry out the checks and answer any hearing-related questions.

They can also give advice on issues such as tinnitus, hearing protection and balance disorders.

Win a prize

We’ll be at the show all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 7, 8 and 9 so come and find us at stand J5 123, have a free hearing check and be in with a chance to win a prize in our draw.

The Kent Show takes place at the Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone ME14 3JF and is open from 8am to 6pm every day. It has plenty of displays, entertainment and local food. There are more than 400 exhibitors and trade stands and more than 300 competitions, activities and displays.

Find out more here.

We’re Supporting Deal Festival Of Music And The Arts

Hearbase is supporting Deal Festival by becoming a corporate Hearbase is supporting Deal Festivalfriend of the music and arts based organisation.

This year’s festival starts on Friday, June 30 and runs until Sunday, July 16. Most of the concerts, walks, talks and exhibitions take place in the seaside town of Deal.

This year is also the 35th anniversary of the festival. During that time it has grown to become one of the landmarks of the English music festival scene.

Mark Scutchings, Hearbase chief executive, said: “As a local company with a branch in Deal we are pleased to be involved with something as prestigious as Deal Festival.

“I feel that it is very important that businesses support this kind of event as a way of reaching out and being part of the local community.”

Supporting the festival in this way means that it can grow the event, create more year-round activities and support more young people to become musicians and artists,

To see all Deal Festival events click here.


Why The Elderly Need To Look After Their Health

Why the elderly need to look after their healthNew research has found that an elderly person’s state of health has a bearing on whether they will develop hearing loss.

A population-based study in Rotterdam, in The Netherlands, looked at  3,315 elderly people.

Risk factor

It revealed that an unhealthy lifestyle could lead to hearing loss among the elderly.

Smoking was a significant risk factor, as was alcohol and diabetes.

To read more on this study click here.


Our Easter Opening Hours

Our Easter Opening HoursAll Hearbase branches will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, Sunday and Easter Monday. They will open again as normal on Tuesday, April 18.

But don’t forget that you can still visit our website for information throughout the Easter break and our webshop Hearbase Direct if you need to order supplies.

We’d like to wish you all a very Happy Easter.

Caffeine May Worsen Noise-Related Hearing Loss

A study conducted by the Research Institute at McGill University Health Centre Caffeinein Canada suggests that caffeine can seriously affect the body’s ability to recover from temporary hearing loss after extremely loud events.

Furthermore, the study found that it can also contribute to longer-term permanent damage that would originally be repaired.

The study was carried out on guinea pigs who were divided into three groups. Results showed that guinea pigs that had been exposed to caffeine and loud sounds at the same time had a much slower recovery from temporary noise-induced hearing loss than the group who were only exposed to sounds.

Read more.

New Test Can Detect Hidden Hearing Loss

New test can detect hidden hearing lossResearchers at the University of Connecticut in the US have developed a new test which can detect hidden hearing loss.

A hidden hearing loss is one that cannot be measured by the most common hearing tests.  The audiograms of people with hidden hearing loss look the same as those with normal hearing.

Leslie R. Bernstein, professor of neuroscience and surgery at the University of Connecticut, said: “We now have a validated technique to identify ‘hidden’ hearing deficits that would likely go undetected with traditional audiograms.”

Professor Bernstein conducted the study with Constantine Trahiotis, emeritus professor of neuroscience and surgery at the university.

The developed test to identify a hidden hearing loss measures a person’s ability to detect across-ears (binaural) changes in sounds presented at levels of loudness that are close to those experienced in normal conversations.

Researchers studied adults aged from 30 to 67 with a normal or near-normal audiogram. They found that listeners who have essentially normal clinical hearing test results may exhibit substantial deficits in binaural processing.

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