Sep
9
2015

Advances in hearing loss research

The National Institute of Health has provided a grant to a school of medicine in America to advance decades of research in hearing loss prevention and treatment. Following decades of research conducted at the school of medicine, a compound D-Met, which is an amino acid, has been found to protect against noise induced hearing and ototoxicity.

One of the researchers has said that “with this grant, we will determine the optimal dosing level as well as when that dose will be most effective.”

The compound is most effective if first instigated up to 24 hours after noise exposure and with lesser protection up to 36 hours after. This rescue protection against noise induced hearing loss would be used after unexpected noise exposure in instances of unexpected emergency exposure to noise at work, high level sounds at concerts, firework noise exposure or when exposed to battlefield and weaponry noise.

Not only is support being provided to the United States in developing research into the prevention of hearing loss but also other countries such as the Netherlands. Audion Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company in Amsterdam, has been provided with a grant to develop research in the prevention of hearing loss. Their main focus of research in obtaining the grant is to target sensiorneural hearing loss (caused by the loss of inner ear cells) to develop molecules to regenerate lost hair cells in the inner ear.

Whether its prevention or cure, noise induced hearing loss researchers around the world have recognised and highlighted the negative impact that noise exposure has on hearing and are taking steps to prevent any further increase in the amount of people who are affected by this debilitating problem.

Who is most at risk of developing noise induced hearing loss

Hearing loss can develop in any person but there are certain noise sources and levels of exposure which instigate the onset of noise induced hearing loss.

Working in an industrial environment is one of the most common causes of noise induced hearing loss. This is because the exposure to noise is excessive and which often occurs over a prolonged period of time causing damage to hearing throughout the exposure. Once exposure to noise ceases, damage caused by exposure to noise does not continue.

Symptoms of noise induced hearing loss become noticeable when the onset of age related hearing loss begins and this explains why the majority of people who begin to notice hearing problems believe that their hearing loss is as a result of getting older, when in fact it is often shown to have also been caused by exposure to noise in the workplace as well.

Therefore, it is very important that you attend for a hearing test as soon as significant hearing loss symptoms become noticeable to you, to find out whether your hearing loss is age or noise related, or indeed due to a combination of both. This is particularly important if you do have noise induced hearing loss as you are only entitled to bring a claim for compensation within three years of the time when you first notice significant hearing problems and should have connected this to work.

What’s My Deafness Claim Worth has extensive experience in dealing with people suffering with hearing loss and tinnitus. We have a specialist team of industrail deafness solicitors, as well as a fully trained audiologist, who will fight for the compensation that you deserve. Our team understands that it can be a very difficult and daunting time for you and they will do their best to offer an unparalleled support network and specialist legal expertise. If you have suffered a personal injury, which was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.If you are suffering from loss of hearing, buzzing or ringing in your ears, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

If you have been affected by hearing loss or exposure to noisy working environments you should not hesitate to contact us or to try our ‘Calculate my Claim’ feature on the right hand side of this page to see what your claim may be worth. We understand that the symptoms that you are suffering from can have serious consequences on your day to day life. When fighting for your compensation we take into account any time you have had to take off work, any treatment you have had to pay for including the cost of hearing aids and any other losses that you may have incurred.

Claims are dealt with on a no win, no fee basis so if we are unsuccessful in your claim you do not pay anything. If your claim is successful you will keep at least 75% of the compensation that is awarded.

Call 0800 849 8700 to speak to a member of our specialist team of Industrial Disease lawyers who will assist you further with this matter.

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