Nov
6
2015

Protein crucial in recovery of hearing loss

Research into hearing loss and its causes has increased significantly due to the worrying number of people around the world suffering with this debilitating, life changing problem.

In 2011 it was recorded that more than 10 million people in the UK suffer with hearing problems and this is set to increase to around 14.5 million by 2031. Despite all of this research, there has been no breakthrough in research carried out into the recovery of hearing loss and as a result there is currently no known treatment which can restore hearing. This is because the auditory hair cells in the ear canal once damaged cannot naturally regenerate.

At the University of Maryland School of Medicine, researchers have been able to identify how the inner hair cells develop and have recognised that a group of proteins known as RFX factors play a role in developing the hair cells. The study used mice whose auditory hair cells would glow fluorescent green to identify the hair cells which had been regenerated by the protein and so would be much more easily identifiable in comparison to the cells which hadn’t been affected by the protein. The researchers found that a large proportion of the hair cells did aluminate green when the protein had been used showing that it did allow the inner ear hair cells to regenerate.

They then made a comparison by using mice whose genes had been genetically altered by removing a part of the RFX protein factor and found that the hair cells did develop normally but then died very quickly leading to very rapid hearing loss and after 3 months the mice were noted to be profoundly deaf. This shows that without the full strain of the protein in testing the inner ear cell function, the ear cells fail to survive for as long a period, resulting in more immediate onset of significant hearing loss symptoms.

Although these studies were conducted on mice it is likely that the results would be very similar if conducted on humans. The researchers who completed this study believe that this breakthrough in the development of hearing loss research will advance their understanding of ways of preventing the damage caused to the inner ear cells by interrupting the natural cycle by reversing effects with the aid of the protein gene.

If you suffer with hearing loss and have been exposed to excessive noise levels at work, you may be entitled to make a claim for noise induced hearing loss compensation.

Noise induced hearing loss can be caused by exposure to excessive levels of noise at work over a prolonged period of time. Our specialist team of Industrial Deafness Solicitors assist clients in pursuing claims against their former employers for noise induced hearing loss compensation on a “no win no fee” basis.

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.

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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