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September 24, 2014
Noise-induced hearing loss mechanism discovered

Loud noise can do permanent damage to our hearing without any other warning signs other than occasional ringing in the ears

Previous hearing loss research has focused on the link between hearing loss and the loss of hair cells in the inner ear. For decades, the hair cells have been considered the most vulnerable elements in the ear.

However, a study has analysed the mechanism behind noise-induced hearing loss and found that the nerve fibres in the inner ear are even more vulnerable to damage. The researchers hope to use this knowledge to explore potential therapies that can re-establish the damaged connections between the nerves and hair cells.