New research into preventing noise induced hearing loss and restoring hearing
Neurologists in California have carried out the first genome wide association study on mice to assess what impact the exposure of noise would have on specific gene types. Keck Medicine at the University of South California in carrying out this study found that some people may be more susceptible to noise induced hearing loss as a result of their gene type.
The study was carried out on 100 mice and 64 of which were found to be predisposed to developing noise induced hearing loss because of the Nox3 gene. Therefore the findings suggest that those who are more likely to developing noise induced hearing loss should ensure that they take greater precautionary measures to protect their hearing in noisy environments.
One of the Professors of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery at the University of South California stated that “we have made great advances in hearing restoration but nothing can compare to protecting the hearing you have and preventing hearing loss in the first place.”
At present, those who develop noise induced hearing loss are likely to have been exposed to noise as a result of excessive exposure to noise at work or through noisy environments socially such as frequently listening to loud music or attending music concerts. They would not know whether they have this gene which may put them at an increased risk of damage to their hearing.
The research does not provide information relating to the degree of distinction between those without this gene and those who carry the Nox3 gene to make comparisons when exposed to noise.
The professors concluded that far more research will need to be done before any clinical recommendations can be made from the findings.
In terms of restoring hearing, studies have found that there could be drugs on the market, which will be available in the near future to the general public, to reverse the effects of hearing loss. Action on hearing loss have confirmed that there are currently five different drugs being tested to find the strongest drug to reverse the effects of hearing loss and they could be available by 2020. The drugs that could be available to the public not only could reverse the effects of hearing loss but also help treat middle ear infections, tinnitus and hearing loss caused by specific anti cancer drugs. This will allow for alternative treatment options for hearing loss sufferers over cochlear implants and hearing aids. The drugs are likely to be far easier for patients to take and less costly for those seeking treatment.
Despite these developments in preventing noise induced hearing loss and restoring hearing loss, we as Solicitors are continuing to fight for individuals who have developed noise induced hearing loss as a result of being exposed to excessive levels of noise at 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 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.