Washington: Scientists have discovered a compound that may prevent noise-related hearing loss. Researchers in mice studies have found exactly what type of damage noise does to the inner ear and provided insights into a compound that may prevent it. "Noise-induced hearing loss, with accompanying tinnitus and sound hypersensitivity is a common condition which leads to communication problems and social isolation," said Xiaorui Shi, study author from the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Oregon Hearing Research Center at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. "The goal of our study is to understand the molecular mechanisms well enough to mitigate damage from exposure to loud sound," Shi said.
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