Tackling Hearing Loss: Hope for Tomorrow, Help Right Now

Science is making remarkable strides in the pursuit of better treatments and a potential cure for hearing loss, a prevalent chronic condition affecting millions globally. Here are three noteworthy developments:


Professor Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, secured a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for groundbreaking research. His team aims to expand their deafness database, identify novel genes for hearing loss, and explore gene- and cell-based therapies using CRISPR/Cas9. This initiative holds promise for advancing biological treatments.


The NOISE study, a collaboration among the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, and the Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence, is investigating the long-term effects of noise exposure and certain chemicals on military personnel. With over 600 participants enrolled, this extensive 20-year study will provide insights into preventable causes of hearing loss and tinnitus.


Students are contributing to the understanding of tinnitus, a common issue associated with hearing loss. The British Tinnitus Association and Tinnitus Hub supported student research through the Daniel Ballinger Memorial Fund, offering a grant to uncover more about tinnitus-related disorders, treatment options, and a potential cure.

While these research initiatives hold promise for the future, it’s crucial to note that help is available today. If you or a loved one is experiencing changes in hearing, contact our hearing care team for a checkup and explore available solutions. Scientific progress continues, but immediate support is within reach.

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