The Future is Hear, and it’s Noisy

GAINESVILLE – August 29th, 2022 – 

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If you’re like most people, you probably think of hearing loss as something that only affects the elderly. But the truth is that hearing loss can happen to anyone—and in our increasingly noisy world, it’s more likely than ever that you or someone you know will need help with their hearing.  Whether you’re born with hearing loss or you’ve spent your life listening to people mumble around you, it’s something that can make a big difference in your day-to-day life.

Brief History
The history of hearing aids from 1634 to the 2000’s with brief descriptions of their origins.

According to the Gallaudet Research Institute, in the 60 years since the birth of modern hearing aids, we have made almost zero progress. This is crazy considering that since the hearing loss was first discovered, we’ve made huge strides in just about every other area of medicine. From cancer research to Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment, if there’s a medical need, you can bet that science has found a way to cure it or prevent it.

Hearing loss affects approximately 48 million Americans—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The World Health Organization estimates that there are 1.5 billion people worldwide who suffer from some degree of hearing loss. The good news is that there are ways to fix this problem. The bad news? They’re not easy.

How is Rescue Hearing Involved?

That’s where RHI comes in. RHI is a team of dedicated scientists and entrepreneurs aiming to spread this awareness, cultivate a potential cure, and create therapies for hearing loss. We are a team devoted to researching genetic hearing loss, and we’re on a mission to spread awareness about this issue and find a cure.

Approximately 28.8 million US adults could benefit from using hearing aids. Unfortunately, however, a hearing aid is a temporary fix that loses its impact over time. Not to mention, they’re a very pricey option as well. RHI is on a mission to overcome these challenges through their gene therapy products. Eventually, this progress will mitigate the overbearing symptoms of hearing loss and better the lives of everyone prone to the TMPRSS3 mutation.

Why Does all of This Matter?

Not enough attention surrounds genetic hearing loss and finding a way to abate it. This is why our CEO Jim Ayala took it upon himself to

Xavier at his 2022 Race to Hear event in Gainesville Florida.

become this change and start RHI from the ground up. Jim’s son, Xavier, is his inspiration for RHI. Every day he and his team come closer and closer to solidifying therapies toward a cure.  A recent quote from Dr. Hinrich Staecker on behalf of his efforts towards generating gene therapies and involvement with RHI says it all: “I’ve always been interested in hearing and interpersonal communication and throughout my training was struck by the paucity and inadequacy of treatments that we have available.”

The road to developing a gene therapy will take time, but the payoff will be worth it. We may one day be able to stop hearing loss before it starts. Maybe we’ll even reverse the damage already done, and when that happens, our world will truly become a louder (and better) place.


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