Hearing Loss Research

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Hearing Loss Research

Loud concerts. Loud headphones. Loud gunfire. A lifetime of exposure, or even a single incident, can cause noise-induced hearing loss. But other things can cause hearing loss, such as some types of chemotherapy and therapeutic radiation to the head. More than 36 million people suffer from hearing loss, including the military, farmers, police officers, firefighters, hunters, emergency personnel, and people whose car airbags deploy.

But the good news is  -- SIU School of Medicine researcher Dr. Kathleen Campbell may have found a way to prevent and treat noise and/or drug-induced hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

The Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology (MMICB) is dedicated to discovery-based, cutting-edge research that contribute to innovative advances in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of medical diseases. Our faculty are involved in discovery-based biomedical research and are dedicated to the education of graduate and medical students at SIU School of Medicine.