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Noise stresses the junctions to deaf Karen B. Avraham*

Summary: Noise stresses the junctions to deaf
Karen B. Avraham*
Sitting in the rainforest in Costa Rica,
you can hear rain, rushing water,
howling monkeys, birds and crickets.
All are in abundance and although they
are tantalizing to all your senses, your
sense of hearing picks up what you
cannot see with your eyes or feel with
your hands.
But harming your sense of hearing are
other frequent sounds: airplanes, trucks
and unusually loud music from the club
in your hotel. Accumulating over time,
particularly if your genome contains a
genetic mutation in the vezatin gene,
these harmful sounds may lead to noise-
induced hearing loss (NIHL). Research
led by Christine Petit and published in
this issue of EMBO Mol Med, demon-


Source: Avraham, Karen - Department of Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Tel Aviv University


Collections: Biology and Medicine