Researchers find potential cure for noise-induced hearing loss - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Researchers find a potential cure for noise-induced hearing loss

Researchers find potential cure for noise-induced hearing loss

A new procedure could soon help people who have noise-induced hearing loss. A new procedure could soon help people who have noise-induced hearing loss.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

If you know someone who works in a construction site or listens to their music a little too loudly, then this story is for you. Very loud noises are one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Now a new study says that loss of hearing may not have to be permanent.

Almost 50 million Americans are affected by hearing loss. Dr Jennifer Holdman of Livingston Audiology and Hearing Aid Center gives tests to determine noise induced hearing loss.

"We have noise exposure from occupations. Right now, hearing aids are the only solution. Nothing's perfect but we can get people where they need to be able to communicate clearly with their loved ones," says Holdman.

The cause of this type of hearing loss is the destruction of sensory hair cells in the cochlea. A new animal study found that by applying an enzyme-inhibiting drug to the cochlea of deaf newborn mice, they were able to induce supporting cells that transformed into hair cells.

Holdman added, "I think to be able to tell patients there's a cure for your hearing loss would be an amazing thing."

Holdman envisions the new treatment to be an invasive procedure.

"(It would be a) little more of a surgical procedure to get to the sensory region of hearing. It's back behind your skull, basically they would have to get inside," she said.

The door may be open for a cure for noise induced hearing loss as well as deafness.

"I've had patients ask me so many times, ‘Is there a surgery or medicine that we could take to get our hearing back?' The answer always has to be no," Holdman said.

Thanks to medical advances, a 'no' may soon be a 'yes.'

Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Lax vetting on Trump nominees begins to frustrate senators

    Lax vetting on Trump nominees begins to frustrate senators

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:47 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:47:40 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:21 PM EDT2018-04-25 16:21:01 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). CIA director Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan Pompeo arrive for a State Dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump at the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). CIA director Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan Pompeo arrive for a State Dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump at the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington.

    As President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs skids to a halt, senators from both parties are voicing frustration that the White House is skipping crucial vetting of nominees and leaving lawmakers to...

    Full Story >

    As President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs skids to a halt, senators from both parties are voicing frustration that the White House is skipping crucial vetting of nominees and leaving lawmakers to clean up the mess.

    Full Story >
  • Trump seems likely to win travel ban case at Supreme Court

    Trump seems likely to win travel ban case at Supreme Court

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:49 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:49:52 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:20 PM EDT2018-04-25 16:20:57 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko). In this April 23, 2018, photo, people wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington, to be in the gallery when the court hears arguments in on April 25, over President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from several mostl...(AP Photo/Jessica Gresko). In this April 23, 2018, photo, people wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington, to be in the gallery when the court hears arguments in on April 25, over President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from several mostl...

    The Supreme Court is saving one of its biggest cases for last, weighing President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries.

    Full Story >

    The Supreme Court is saving one of its biggest cases for last, weighing President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries.

    Full Story >
  • Jury gets case after Cosby painted as predator, victim

    Jury gets case after Cosby painted as predator, victim

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:26:54 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:19 PM EDT2018-04-25 16:19:34 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial near a cloud of bubbles blown by a protester, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial near a cloud of bubbles blown by a protester, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

    Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are poised to start deliberating after a marathon day of closing arguments.

    Full Story >

    Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are poised to start deliberating after a marathon day of closing arguments.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly