A study at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield is aimed at curbing or even preventing noise-induced hearing loss.
She said 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.
Campbell says if they do get FDA approval for this particular drug it could be used in a variety of settings for anyone exposed to noise.
She imagines a time when someone attends 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. This would require approval of the drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.