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Age-related hearing loss studied.

Age-related hearing loss can be caused by a miscommunication in the brain and might be correctable with medication within 20 years, according to the International Center for-Hearing and Speech Research (ICHSR), housed at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).

Six years of clinical research, supported by private contributions and a $5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), have revealed that the inability to discriminate sound from background noise-the big-gest complaint of people 55 and older--is linked to chemical reactions in the brain that change with age. These changes result in too many or too few of specific chemicals, and medication could regulate this imbalance.

Research conducted at the ICHSR represents one of the nation's largest research efforts for age-related hearing loss. Recognizing the importance of this research, the NIA awarded the 15-member research team its second-5year, $5 million grant last year.
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Publication:Ear, Nose and Throat Journal
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2000
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