A study at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield is aimed at curing or even preventing noise-induced hearing loss.
A $2.5 million U.S. Department of Defense grant has helped Dr. Kathleen Campbell’s research. She hopes the study will prove her patented drug works in preventing hearing loss in troops.
“Very loud sounds, like M-16 weapon fire, or aircraft carriers, or your car airbag detonator, are so loud that the sound goes directly through the skull, into the inner ear and can bypass your physical hearing protector.”
The D-met formulation will be given to drill sergeant instructor trainees as part of phase three of the clinical studies. As part of the study, 600 drill sergeant instructor trainees are undergoing two weeks of M-16 weapons training while firing 500 rounds.
“Although, if we do get FDA approval for this particular drug it could be used in a variety of settings for anyone exposed to noise.”
Campbell imagines a time, far down the road, when someone visits a concert, watches fireworks or is exposed to noise-induced hearing loss and can then go to the pharmacy to purchase a drug that would cure or eliminate the hearing loss. Of course this would require the approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Campbell adds that it will likely be a couple of years before they even have the information from these studies.