Hidden Hearing Respond to Research Which Identifies Genetic Mutation in Hearing Loss

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Specialists in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have responded to new research which had discovered how hearing loss is caused by a certain genetic mutation.

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The inhibitor is known scientifically as SERPINB6 and according to researchers; individuals who lack both copies of this good gene were reported to lose their hearing from 20 years of age.

Researchers in Australia have identified how hearing loss in humans is caused by a certain genetic mutation, published today in the American Journal of Pathology and reported by Health Canal on June 11.

Scientists from the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University have discovered that a genetic mutation, first identified in 2010, induces malfunction of an inhibitor of an enzyme commonly found in the body that destroys proteins.

The inhibitor is known scientifically as SERPINB6 and according to researchers; individuals who lack both copies of this good gene were reported to lose their hearing from 20 years of age.

Dr Justin Tan of the University of Melbourne and lead author of the study said: “This is unusual because most people show gradual signs of age-related hearing loss from 60 years of age onwards but mutations in SERPINB6 accelerate this process. It is not yet clear how this mutation causes hearing loss.”

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“This new information about the particular gene mutation that causes hearing loss paints a clearer picture into the causes behind some forms of hearing loss and why certain people might be more susceptible. A greater understanding of this may hopefully help lead to treatment for genetic hearing loss in the future. In the meantime, those that think they may have hearing loss can benefit from a free hearing test at one of our hearing centres through the country and find the hearing solutions available to them.”

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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