1. Study shows loud noises cause fluid buildup in the ear and suggests simple cure for noise-induced hearing loss

    Study shows loud noises cause fluid buildup in the ear and suggests simple cure for noise-induced hearing loss

    Exposure to loud noise, such as a firecracker or an ear-splitting concert, is the most common preventable cause of hearing loss. Research suggests that 12% or more of the world population is at risk for noise-induced loss of hearing. Loud sounds can cause a loss of auditory nerve cells in the inner ear, which are responsible for sending acoustic information to the brain, resulting in hearing difficulty. However, the mechanism behind this hearing loss is not fully understood.

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    1. This research provides clues to better understand how and when noise-induced damage to the ears occurs and suggests new ways to detect and prevent hearing loss.