Ann Arbor, MI (September 4, 2012)—Hearing Health Science, Inc., developer of the Soundbites hearing health supplement, recently announced it will conduct real-world studies with musicians to measure and confirm the effectiveness of the product.
Developed by University of Michigan scientists, Soundbites takes a biological approach to hearing conservation, in the form of a supplement comprised of four antioxidant micronutrients, "precisely formulated to act in different compartments of inner ear cells to eliminate oxidative stress" (the most prevalent cause of hearing loss) and reportedly improve inner ear blood flow.
Hearing Health Science is assessing the real world efficacy of Soundbites in conserving hearing and reducing the risk of hearing impairment in invitation-only, epidemiological beta studies with music professionals, audio engineers, working musicians and avid music fans. The Soundbites beta is a second level, external pilot test under normal, everyday conditions. User participation will provide detailed feedback on real world performance prior to the product’s commercial launch.
The Soundbites beta with professional musicians and audio engineers will be supervised by Michael Santucci, AuD, audiologist and inventor of Sensaphonics in-ear monitors. The study will track hearing over the course of three months’ use of the supplement. Volunteers are currently being qualified to participate in the study. Pro musicians and sound engineers are invited to apply for consideration. Dr. Santucci will manage testing and documentation from his Musicians Hearing Clinic at Sensaphonics, Inc. in Chicago.
“We are very excited to be reaching the point of human trials of Soundbites. I’m especially pleased that the study will focus on musicians and sound engineers, who need their hearing in order to work professionally, yet are working in a volume-intensive occupation,” notes Dr. Santucci.
“We’re looking for working musicians and sound engineers, both touring artists and local working pros, to be part of the study. The biggest requirement is that you be working during the 90 days of the study this fall, and agree to some basic testing and reporting along the way.”
Musicians and sound engineers who are interested in participating in this free, three-month trial should go to the Soundbites website and apply for inclusion in the study under “About the Soundbites beta.”