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Face Masks May Increase Awareness of Hearing Loss

Data from the Korean Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service showed that “the number of patients with hearing loss increased by 30% to 418,092 in 2019 from 293,620 in 2015,” and “Korea Biomedical Review” reports that some otolaryngologists have reported an increase in patients seeking hearing tests.

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Study Shows Hair Cell Regrowth with New Drug

A new approach, published in “Cell Reports,” to regenerate inner ear sensory hair cells is said to lay the groundwork for treating chronic noise-induced hearing loss by the company, Frequency Therapeutics, and its co-founders who are drawing on research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School, Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, and MIT. The program is expected to progress to into human clinical trials within the next 18 months.

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3M Mass Tort Now Includes Over 200,000 People, ‘Star-Tribune’ Reports

“The Minneapolis Star-Tribune” reports that over 200,000 people have joined a mass tort against 3M, alleging that Aearo’s Combat Arms earplugs “were knowingly defective, imperceptibly loosening and leaking in noise.” The Combat earplugs were acquired by 3M as part of its $1.2 billion purchase of Aearo Technologies in 2008.