Progressive Railroading

Newsletter Sign Up
Stay updated on news, articles and information for the rail industry



This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.





RAIL EMPLOYMENT



Rail News Home Rail Industry Trends

12/30/2013



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

SMART division, Kansas University to conduct hearing loss study


advertisement

The SMART Transportation Division and Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC) recently partnered to conduct a hearing loss study.

The organizations teamed up to provide active and retired union members with the most recent information and research on hearing health through regular newsletter articles, as well as access to state-of-the-art testing that can help the KUMC team determine the best treatment or device for hearing loss. They also plan to offer members an opportunity to participate in research.

Sixty percent of the U.S. population has hearing loss, most of which can be attributed to noise exposure, SMART Transportation Division officials said in a news item posted on the union's website earlier this month.

An international leader in hearing loss research, Dr. Hinrich Staecker of KUMC has been working for more than 20 years on a way to restore hearing, they said. Gene therapy might help those suffering from hearing loss to regain hearing, union officials said.

An initial program soon will be launched in the Kansas City, Mo., area that will involve union members in the study. The SMART Transportation Division plans to eventually expand the program to satellite locations.



Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

More News from 12/30/2013