“It Sneaks Up on You.”

Losing your hearing is a gradual thing. When Betty Hansen began to lose her hearing, she was working, and getting hearing aids wasn’t a problem. But 10 years later, after retiring, her hearing had gotten worse and the old hearing aids no longer worked for her. “I couldn’t hear the TV,” she told...

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Deaf Job Applicant Wins $75,000 Settlement

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas settles disability discrimination lawsuit. Dallas-based insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas will pay $75,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit, the Dallas Morning News reports. The settlement comes after the company allegedly failed to...

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Veterans Sue 3M Over Faulty Earplugs

Lawsuits have been filed in 22 states. About 20 San Antonio veterans filed suit last week against 3M, Texas Public Radio reports. The veterans say they suffered hearing damage during their service because of faulty earplugs made by the company. Hearing loss is the single most common combat-related...

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Partial Blindness Won’t Stop His NFL Dreams

Kahzin Daniels is completely blind in his right eye. At West Virginia’s University of Charleston, Kahzin Daniels has racked up 34 1/2 sacks in his four-year college career, and the National Football League is paying attention, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports. “People don’t really believe...

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Can Nanotechnology Give Us Infrared Vision?

Scientists inject eyes of mice with nanoparticles to convert infrared light. Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China have injected the eyes of mice with nanoparticles that designed to stick to the light-detecting cells in the rodents’ retinas, The Atlantic reports. The...

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Your Home Is a Threat to Your Hearing

Household appliances are surprisingly noisy. You might be surprised how loud your household items can be, Healthy Hearing reports. But how loud is too loud? The test is simple: if you can’t carry on a conversation with someone standing beside you, the TV volume is set too high or the...

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Smoking May Impair Your Eyesight, Study Finds

Blood flow to the retina is reduced. Chronic smokers face the risk of diminished eyesight, Fortune reports. A study in the journal Psychiatry Research found that smokers’ ability to distinguish colors and contrasts is damaged over time, and that over a prolonged period, smokers experience...

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