Wednesday, February 26, 2014


#1 Blogdaughter sends in this story, which is not only very cool and promising, but could actually help, well, pretty much everyone in our tribe...

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.

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.
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.

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.


Dave H said...

I'm sure wives around the world have been looking forward to this.

Sailorcurt said...

I've had tinnitus for years as a result of the combination of 21 years in close proximity to jets, motorcycles and shooting.

This would be huge for me (and my wife).

Unfortunately, in light of the current FDA regulatory environment, by the time they get through all the testing stages, get it approved and get something on the market, I'll be long dead...even if it would be covered by insurance (which it wouldn't).

But at least people in the future can look forward to repairing hearing loss.

Ted said...

Just had my hearing tested after years of working around the white noise of a computer center sever farm and time in and around race cars.

As expected the results showed a fair amount of loss. - but not that far out of the norm
Al amount of loss for my age group. So the salesman. ....... I mean hearing technician ..... Was not able to convince me that I needed some , no doubt expensive gadget

Cargosquid said...

(can you tell TheBoy is in *that* stage?).

At that stage?

You expect him to grow out of that?

That's not a stage....that's "achievement unlocked."

We boys learn how to say that ALL THE TIME...... especially after we're married.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Doesn't matter. Obamacare won't cover it.

Maxwell said...

"...if they can restore hearing, what else can they restore?"
Erectile Dysfunction.
Low Testosterone.
Personally, I wish they'd restore the days when I didn't have to endure ads about either.