Posted on: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
by james robins
Loud noise can damage hair cells in your ear causing hearing loss, but it can also damage the ear’s nerve cells, making it harder to pick out specific sounds in noisy places. This is known as ‘hidden hearing loss’, as it is not picked up with standard hearing tests.
Tracey Pollard, from our Biomedical Research Team, tells us about new research which could help us understand how the brain protects against 'hidden hearing loss', making it easier to identify those who could be at greater risk of developing it.