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Activin A, Follistatin May Be Key To Restore Damaged Sound-detecting Cells In The Ear

Using genetic tools in mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have identified a pair of proteins that precisely control when sound-detecting cells, known as hair cells, are born in the mammalian inner ear. The proteins may hold a key to future therapies to restore hearing in people with irreversible deafness. “Scientists in our […]

Transcriptional Catalog Of Cochlear Neuron Types Established

Four types of neurons in the peripheral auditory system, three of which are new to science, have been identified by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The analysis of these cells could lead to new therapies for various kinds of hearing disorders, such as tinnitus and age-related hearing loss. When sound reaches the inner ear, […]

Bimodal Stimulation May Hold Promise As Chronic Tinnitus Treatment

An experimental device could help suppress tinnitus by targeting unruly nerve activity in the brain, a team from the University of Michigan reports. Based on years of scientific research into the root causes of the condition, the device uses precisely timed sounds and weak electrical pulses that activate touch-sensitive nerves, both aimed at steering damaged […]