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Report: Top 10 hearing loss research priorities

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To better understand mild-to-moderate hearing loss, a group of experts in the UK have developed a list of the most urgent hearing loss research topics that should be developed in the field.

More than 460 people were surveyed for the report to determine the research areas that could potentially have the greatest impact in advancing the understanding of mild-to-moderate hearing loss and develop successful new treatments.

“With such a huge proportion of the population affected by this condition, it is vital that hearing research funding is prioritised for the questions which are most important to them,” said Co-author Dr Helen Henshaw, a University of Nottingham academic. The report was published in the medical journal The Lancet.

Top 10 mild-to-moderate hearing loss research priorities for adults

  1. What adverse effects are associated with not treating mild-to-moderate hearing loss in adults?
  2. Does the early fitting of hearing aids result in increased patient benefit or improved cost-effectiveness of the service, or both?
  3. Does the early fitting of hearing aids slow the rate of cognitive decline?
  4. What are the reasons for low hearing aid uptake, use, and adherence?
  5. Can new technologies replace hearing aids?
  6. Can stem-cell therapy offer a cure for mild-to-moderate hearing loss in adults?
  7. Does the early identification, diagnosis, and treatment of mild-to-moderate hearing loss prevent further deterioration of hearing?
  8. Could new developments to digital hearing aids offer improved speech perception in noisy environments?
  9. How realistic are hearing tests for assessing the everyday hearing abilities of adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss?
  10. Could the use of real-world sounds to help programme hearing aids in clinic (rather than tones or beeps) improve effectiveness of hearing aids?

Do you think there are other areas that researchers should look at in advancing the understanding of hearing loss? Let us know in the comments!

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Jill von Bueren is the editor-in-chief of HearingLikeMe.com.Originally from the U.S., she now resides in Zurich, Switzerland. She has a background in journalism and is currently working on her second novel.
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Jill von Bueren is the editor-in-chief of HearingLikeMe.com.Originally from the U.S., she now resides in Zurich, Switzerland. She has a background in journalism and is currently working on her second novel.
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