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Researchers Are Exploring the Potential Use of Zinc in Treating Hearing Loss

Zinc treatment for hearing loss

A recent study published by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has sparked excitement in the field. The research suggests a potential new zinc treatment that may help restore lost hearing – a breakthrough that could significantly impact the lives of millions. At Soundwave Hearing Care in Calgary, Grande Prairie, High River and Lethbridge, we’re passionate about staying informed about the latest advancements in hearing loss research. Let’s look into this revolutionary treatment. 

The Role of Zinc in Hearing Loss 

The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), investigated noise-induced hearing loss, a widespread problem affecting numerous individuals, including those residing in busy cities such as Calgary, people working in the oil and gas sector, and those who use firearms. The researchers found that exposure to loud noise causes a sudden increase in zinc levels within the inner ear, a delicate organ responsible for processing sound. This surplus of zinc disrupts communication between sensory cells and can result in hearing damage. 

Zinc Chelation: A Promising Avenue 

The good news is that drugs known as “zinc chelation agents” have been discovered to bind and remove excess zinc. In a study, these agents were given to mice exposed to loud noises. The results were promising – the treated mice experienced significantly less hearing loss than the untreated control group. 

Important Considerations 

While these findings are promising, it’s crucial to note that the research was conducted on mice. Further studies are necessary to determine the effectiveness and safety of this approach in humans. Additionally, more research is important to identify the optimal dosage and delivery method for zinc chelation therapy. 

The Future of Hearing Loss Treatment 

This research represents a significant step forward in the fight against hearing loss. While zinc chelation may not be the definitive solution for everyone, it opens avenues for exploring new treatment options. Here at Soundwave Hearing Care, we closely monitor the development of such promising avenues. 

What Does This Mean for You? 

While this new zinc-based treatment is still in its early stages, it highlights ongoing research efforts dedicated to finding solutions for hearing loss. If you’re experiencing hearing loss, it’s essential to schedule a comprehensive hearing evaluation with one of Soundwave Hearing Care’s qualified audiologists and hearing aid practitioners. 


Speak To Your Calgary Audiologist 

At Soundwave Hearing Care in Calgary, our team of experienced audiologists offers a range of diagnostic and treatment options to address all types of hearing loss. We can help you explore the best solutions available today while keeping you informed about the latest advancements, such as the ongoing zinc chelation research. Don’t wait to take charge of your hearing health. Contact Soundwave Hearing Care today and schedule a consultation. Our team is dedicated to helping you rediscover the joy of clear sound. 

All the blogs are reviewed and edited by our clinic's lead audiologist, Dr. Anne Wooliams. Dr. Woolliams is an experienced audiologist specialized in pediatric audiology, auditory processing, and tinnitus/sound sensitivity therapy. She is dedicated to providing top-notch hearing care and helping her clients improve their language and communication abilities. Dr. Woolliams' expertise in literature and linguistics, combined with her passion for helping people improve their language and communication, make her an incredibly valuable asset in the field of audiology. Learn more about Dr. Woolliams.