Oct 2016 West - Welfare Society Territory
Researchers from the University of Connecticut, have identified a protein called prestin found in the blood that could be used to identify if someone really is going deaf. The higher the level, the greater the severity of hearing loss. The only way reduced hearing can currently be measured accurately is with a time -consuming hearing test – an audiogram – which involves being referred to an audiologist. However, the new blood test being trialled by scientists could potentially be conducted at a doctor’s surgery – and according to initial results, it can identify hearing loss at a far earlier stage than a standard hearing test. This means hearing aids could be given to people sooner, which might help to prevent the development of social problems, such as social isolation and depression.