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Musical Hallucinations BBC Radio Woman’s Hour Radio report from 20th August 2009  Link to BBC webpage http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/02/2009_33_thu.shtml Why are older women more likely to report them? Musical hallucinations are relatively common, but can often be a disturbing experience. A study recently conducted in Wales suggests that older women tend to report the experience more frequently, and that the hymn 'Abide With Me' is one of the more common ear-worms. So what is it like to have the clear sensation that someone near to you is singing or playing music, only to discover that your brain has simply manufactured the sound? Lady Edna Healey shares her experience of this intriguing phenomenon, alongside the psychiatrist Dr Victor Aziz from St Tydfil Hospital in Wales who has researched the condition.
High Use of Pain-Relievers Linked to Hearing Loss  According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology  by researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that use of acetaminophen (a popular brand name is Tylenol) or ibuprofen (popular brand names include Advil, Midol and Motrin) more than once a week is linked with an increased risk of hearing loss in women. Women between the ages of 31-48, who use more than two pain killers a week need to speak to their healthcare provider and understand the risks and benefits. Read the original article on HuffPost Healthy Living.
Risk Of Hearing Loss Increased With Untreated Diabetes Having undiagnosed diabetes may be putting your hearing at risk. Diabetes can damage the nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear, and medical autopsy studies of deceased diabetics have shown evidence of such damage. Although it can take a long time for diabetes to affect your hearing, and it can be so gradual you may not notice at first, the eventual effect can be disabling, and your hearing once gone can never be recovered. Blood-glucose levels should be controlled with medication and a restricted diet, and lack of treatment could put a sufferer at a high risk of hearing loss. In cases where adults with pre-diabetes, where the blood glucose level is higher than normal, but not high enough to warrant treatment, are at a 30% higher risk of hearing loss. This is why it is important for diabetes sufferers, and those with pre- diabetes, to have their hearing tested on a regular basis as well as their vision. Studies conducted by Dr. Derek J. Handzo from the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in Detroit, USA, showed that women aged between 60 and 75 had impaired hearing if their diabetes was not treated. The women of the same age who had controlled their diabetes had similar hearing levels to women who did not suffer from diabetes. As we age we suffer from some degree of hearing loss, but it has been found to be of a greater loss in those patients with diabetes, in particular those who went for a long time without diagnosis or proper medication. During the studies, and using the official guidelines for blood levels from the American Diabetes Association, those patient with their diabetes poorly controlled showed a risk for a greater degree of hearing loss compared to those with well controlled diabetes. Other prestigious health groups have conducted studies with diabetic patients and measured their results from hearing tests. The various results concluded that individuals suffering from diabetes were twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss than those without the disease.
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