Are You Hearing? Drugs To Treat Hearing Damage Inch Closer To Reality
1/20/2013 9:05 AM ET
Noise-induced hearing loss, caused by overexposure to high levels of noise, is prevalent in about 26 million American adults. Avoiding noises that are ‘too loud’ and wearing earplugs or other hearing protective devices are the only options for protecting against noise-induced hearing loss at the moment.
Though drug therapies to prevent hearing damage for noise-induced hearing loss have been proposed, they have not been evaluated on humans for want of an effective method for the needed tests.
Now there’s some good news on the horizon for people needing new options for preventing noise-induced hearing loss, thanks to research from the University of Florida. Researchers have identified a new way to test anti-hearing-loss drugs in people that could soon make these medicines a reality.