New Test Predicts Hearing Loss

One of the mysteries of hearing loss is why some people lose their hearing while working in a high noise environment and why some others, working in the same environment, don’t.

A new test that measures the Temporary Threshold Shift (TTS) seems to be able to predict who will and who won’t suffer hearing loss.

Apparently in some people, the cells of the inner ear recover quicker than others when exposed to high frequencies. Those who recover quickly are apparently not as prone to hearing loss as those who take longer to recover.

The article, published in the Occupational & Environment Medicine is available here.

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