Gene Found for Age-Related Hearing Loss
From Center for Hearing and Communication, 12/2012
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University of South Florida’s Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research announced an extraordinary discovery last week: a gene associated with age-related hearing loss. Abnormalities in this gene result in a very specific type of hearing loss that presents symptoms in middle age.
Someday, doctors may be able to correct the gene and prevent this type of hearing loss from occurring. Until then, the Center for Hearing and Communication recommends that you take these steps to address your hearing issues, especially if you think you might have familial hearing loss:
- Get an annual hearing screening and discuss your family history with your audiologist
- Protect your hearing from noise so that you can maximize the hearing you retain
- Wear hearing aids, if needed, so you can stay healthy and connected to life.
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