H-HEALTHY LIVING

Apr 16, 2013 1:58 PM by NBC News

Temporary hearing loss may not mean long-term damage

New research reveals short-term hearing loss after a loud concert does not indicate damage, but instead is the body's way to cope.

The study found when a person is exposed to noise, cells in the inner ear release a hormone causing a temporary reduction in hearing sensitivity, in order to protect it from permanent damage.

Scientists discovered this by experimenting with lab mice that had no receptor to help buffer loud noises.

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