Reason Number Three. Because treatment works.
Although hearing loss can't currently be reversed, further damage can be prevented with early intervention — and there is potential that a cure can be found within the next decade.
The American-based National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) says "researchers have successfully discovered regeneration of inner ear cells in chickens that allow them to regain hearing within 28 days, and are trying to yield these results in mammals."
Even more recently, in a study funded by the Medical Research Council and the charity Action on Hearing Loss, scientists turned human stem cells into ear cells to treat a common form of hearing loss known as Auditory Neuropathy. The test subjects in this case were gerbils and after treatment it was found on average the gerbils gained half their hearing back with some even gaining most of their hearing. For more information on this study check out this article.
The possibility of such medical advancements could mean a vastly improved life for millions of people around the world.
For a quick summary on available hearing loss treatment take a look at this video:
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