Drugs to prevent noise induced hearing loss currently being trialled

A new radical drug trial is currently taking place in Fort Jackson, USA, relating to  the prevention of hearing damage as a result of excessive levels of noise. The trial involves the incorporation of a new drug, currently in liquid form, to be drunk before the expected noise exposure is to take place.

This new anti-hearing loss drug uses an organic substance called d-methionine, this can also be found in certain types of food. In theory the drug works by using the body’s natural defences to guard against hearing loss.

When ear cells are exposed to excessive levels of noise they release molecules which react and damage the tissues within the inner ear, leading to noise induced hearing loss. The drug works to balance out these harmful molecules by making use of anti-oxidants in order to strengthen the body’s healing response.

The clinic is being conducted at the US army camp due to the frequent high levels of noise exposure experienced by members of the military. Clearly the noise from a gun or a grenade will be extremely loud, but in addition, soldiers are often exposed to noise from other heavy equipment and machinery such as aircraft, carriers and tanks for example. Clearly the life of a soldier is very noisy vocation.

The US Army is particularly concerned about the high levels of noise induced hearing loss affecting not only by those who suffered excessive noise exposure during service in the past, but also current soldiers. There is a concern that soldiers who are suffering with hearing loss may be unable to follow commands correctly. Also, this is now the most common form of compensation claim pursued against the American Armed Forces.

If this drug is successful, then the applications for its use may spread much further than for military purposes. Employers who operate noisy factories, in mines, or who provide employees with loud, powered tools, are all likely to benefit from the use of the drug in the workplace.

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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