File - A left human ear. (The Daily Star/Cary Bass)
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Matt Garlock has trouble making out what his friends say in loud bars, but when he got a hearing test, the result was normal.It may lead to persistent ringing in the ears.To understand Liberman's research, it helps to know just how we hear. When sound enters our ears, it's picked up by so-called hair cells. Liberman's work suggests that there's another kind of damage that doesn't kill off hair cells, but which leads to experiences like Garlock's.It was a follow-up to Libermans' earlier work that suggests loud noise damages the delicate connections between hair cells and the nerves that carry the hearing signal to the brain.Garlock emailed one of Liberman's colleagues and volunteered for any follow-up studies.The work by Liberman and others helps solve the mystery, he said.It's a small study that must be repeated, Liberman says, but it adds to evidence for the idea.Liberman's own hearing scores are pretty good, but at age 65, he sometimes can't understand his kids in a loud setting.
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