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August 5, 2014
Genetic mutation tied to hearing loss in early-twenties

Australian researchers have discovered the reason why a genetic mutation is causing hearing loss for some in their early-twenties, rather than in their sixties

In 2010, a connection between a novel genetic mutation and hearing loss was identified. Now research shows how the mutation is causing a malfunction of the inhibitor SERPINB6, which protects the inner ear.

Individuals who lacked the healthy gene because of the genetic mutation were reported to lose their hearing from 20 years of age.