About the Project

 Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is a growing health concern among children, found in 15.5% aged 12-19 (Niskar et al., 2001), in 28% of college students who listen to personal listening devices (Mostafpour et al., 1998), and 44% of student musicians in a university School of Music (Phillips, Henrich & Mace, 2010).  The short-term goal of this project  is to establish a basis for identifying people showing a genetic susceptibility to noise-induced hearing loss.  The long-term public health goal is to use a mechanistic understanding of noise-induced hearing loss to develop a personalized prevention program using standard clinical audiological tests as indicators of genetic susceptibility.  The project is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD 1R21DC009296-01A2), the Music Research Institute and the Center for Biotechnology, Genomics and Health Research.