August 27, 2016

New hearing loss technology gives hope to member

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KCTV) – Anyone who has sat at a railroad crossing knows how loud trains can be, so it’s easy to imagine the problems their noise can cause to anyone working around them for decades.

Dr. Hinrich Staecker at the University of Kansas Hospital is a foremost expert on hearing and how the brain reacts to audio. “Sixty percent of the population at age 70 has significant hearing loss and most of that is noise-induced,” he said.

The percentage grows even higher in railroad workers like Randy Doyle (Local 305 out of Lincoln, Neb.). “I rode on trains as a conductor for about 25 years,” Doyle said.

He has also lost some of his hearing over time.

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