Imagine walking down the street when you suddenly hear a roaring in one ear and everything around you begins to violently spin. You might drop to your knees, unable to control the overwhelming dizziness and nausea that is likely to keep you confined to a dark, quiet room for several hours or more until it gets better. Even worse, now that it has happened, you will never know when, or if, it will happen again.
Stanford researchers have developed a tiny moving probe to study the mechanical properties of sensory cells in the ear. Their work could lead to new treatments for hearing loss, and the probe may advance other scientists’ research as well.
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