Researchers discover potential cure for noise-induced hearing loss
Noise-induced hearing loss has the potential to be reversed, according to a new study from Harvard Medical School.Hmmm. Let's see. I shoot. Check. Ride a motorcycle. Check. Perform acts of lawn maintenance involving gasoline-powered equipment. Check. Yeah, I'm pretty much hitting the trifecta of hearing loss - about the only thing I could do worse would be to take up playing the drums. I kinda like the idea that before I lose my hearing entirely there may be a treatment for deafness.
Hearing loss affects close to 50 million people in the United States and prolonged exposure to very loud noises is one of the most common forms of auditory loss. Currently, there are no known treatments to restore noise-related hearing loss, which is caused by the destruction of sensory hair cells in the cochlea - the auditory component of the inner ear.
Imagine that. Imagine that we could find a cure for deafness. How flippin' sweet would that be? Parents that have never heard their children's voices could finally hear "But I didn't DO anything!" 150 times a day (can you tell TheBoy is in *that* stage?). The implications are pretty neat, too - if they can restore hearing, what else can they restore?
And of course, I am intrigued about the possibility of actual, science-based hair cell regeneration...
That is all.