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Despite Promising New Research, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Still a Concern

In a new study led by Gary Housley of the University of New South Wales, researchers found a method of preventing temporary hearing loss in mice. Turning off certain inner ear receptors prevented short-term hearing loss, but could accentuate long-term hearing loss.

While this is an interesting development for the industry, many researchers believe it will not be applicable in the medical field for some time. Ann Hickox, a post doctorate research associate with the speech and hearing department, is urging kids to concentrate on protecting their ears with a pair of musician’s ear plugs.

Hickox worries that many people choose not to wear hearing protection in loud environments such as concerts because they think it could lessen the experience. However, many advancements have been made to ear plugs to provide good quality sound without distortion. In fact, many people who wear them say they enjoy the experience more, because the hearing protection keeps sounds at a comfortable level.

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