January 16, 2013

Deafness Cured by Re-Growing Ear Hair

Deafness cured by re-growing ear hair … in mouse only for the time being.

Ear Hair Cells via Harvard Medical School

This experimental therapy  has currently been tried on a mouse only.

We hear sound because of ear hair and when the ear hairs get damaged due to noise (e.g. hearing loud music) or other factors, then the hearing suffers. The ear hair, normally, do not regenerate n humans and other mammals.

At Harvard Medical School, an experimental drug applied to ear stem cells caused the ear hair to regenerate restoring hearing in a mouse. 
These supporting cells turned into new hair cells upon treatment with the drug. Replacing hair cells improved hearing in the mice, and the improved hearing could be traced to the areas in which supporting cells had become new hair cells.

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