Hidden Hearing Respond to Discovery of Primary Role of Olivocochlear Efferent System

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Experts in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have responded to research exploring how the Olivocochlear Efferent System.

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Understanding how the ear works allows us to greater understand how hearing loss can be treated

New research from Massachusettes Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School has discovered a key piece of information about how hearing works by identifying the role of the olivocochlear system in protecting ears from hearing loss.

Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the research found that the inner ear which converts sounds into messages to be decoded by the brain, in turn receives fibres from the central nervous system known as the olivocochlear.

The researchers managed to demonstrate that moderate exposure lead to noise – such as in restaurants and shopping centres – lead to cochlear neuropathy (the loss of auditory nerve fibres) which causes difficulty to hear in noisy environments.

They also discovered that where the efferent system had been removed, cochlear neuropathy was vastly exacerbated, pointing to its role of protecting the ear.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“Understanding how the ear works allows us to greater understand how hearing loss can be treated.”

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.

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