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September 22, 2014
Loud noises can damage hearing

It is common knowledge that loud sounds can damage our hearing. Now, a new study by researchers from the University of Leicester in the UK sheds new light on how this happens, paving the way for new prevention and treatment strategies for hearing loss and tinnitus

According to the Hearing Health Foundation, approximately 26 million Americans have high-frequency hearing loss as a result of exposure to loud noises at work or during leisure activities, such as listening to loud music.

People who suffer from hearing loss have difficulties in understanding speech, particularly when the environment is noisy and when other people are talking nearby. Understanding speech is dependent on fast transmission of auditory signals through the auditory nerve – the nerve that transports sound waves from the cochlea of the inner ear to the brain. But previous research has shown that after exposure to loud sounds, transmission of these auditory signals slows down, leading to hearing loss.