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NIH Study Uncovers a Starring Role for Supporting Cells in the Inner Ear: Human Trials Planned to Probe the Cell’s Protective Powers

Posted by Kerrie Denner
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Researchers have found in mice that supporting cells in the inner ear, once thought to serve only a structural role, can actively help repair damaged sensory hair cells, the functional cells that turn vibrations into the electrical signals that the brain recognizes as sound.

NIDCD-Supported Researchers Close In on Identification of the Ever Elusive Mechanotransduction Channel in the Inner Ear

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Researchers at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health, working with scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital, recently identified two inner ear proteins that are critical for hearing. When certain genetic mutations harm these proteins, a type of delayed, progressive hearing loss may result. Results from the study were published in the July 18 online edition of Neuron.

SLC26A4 Gene Fix Leads To Restoration Of Hearing And Balance

Posted by Kerrie Denner

A research project at Kansas State University has potential to treat human deafness and loss of balance.

More than 28 million people in the United States suffer some form of hearing loss and mutation of the SLC26A4 gene, normally found in the cochlea and vestibular organs of the inner ear as well as in the endolymphatic sac, a non-sensory part of the inner ear, is implicated as one of the most common forms of hereditary hearing loss in children worldwide.

Maimonides Medical Center docs have eyes trained on stroke victims

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Lore Croghan

They look like fancied-up swim goggles — but could save stroke victims’ lives.

Brooklyn Maimonides Medical Center is the first hospital in the city to obtain high-tech glasses which will make it easier for stroke teams in the emergency room to identify stroke victims who don’t have the usual symptoms.

Stem Cell Researchers Grow Key Sensory Cells of Inner Ear

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Mark Hoffman

Stem cell researchers from Indiana University achieved a breakthrough by inducing mouse embryonic stem cells to grow functional inner ear structures in the laboratory. The discovery provides new insights into this sensory organ's developmental process and sets the stage for laboratory models of disease, drug discovery and potential treatments for hearing loss and balance disorders.

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