We look forward to seeing what this research will mean for hearing impairment
(PRWEB UK) 31 January 2013
An international team of researchers have identified the first gene to be associated with both noise-reduced and age-related hearing loss.
The findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences identify a gene, called P2X2, which appears to be crucial to the preservation of life-long normal hearing and protection against noise.
A mutation in P2X2 increases the susceptibility to both age and noise related hearing loss that begins in early life, usually adolescence, and progresses with age. This is generally accompanied by high frequency tinnitus which can range from severe to profound over decades.
A spokesperson for Hidden Hearing Said:
“These findings are very interesting in identify a genetic link in hearing loss. We look forward to seeing what this research will mean for hearing impairment.”
With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.