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Hearing Restored After Noise Damage

Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School have demonstrated for the first time that hair cells can be regenerated in an adult mammalian ear by using a drug to stimulate resident cells to become new hair cells, resulting in partial recovery of hearing in mouse ears damaged by noise trauma.

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2013/01/hearing-restored-after-noise-damage

hair cells in cochlea

In a normal cochlea, three inner rows of hair cells and one outer row can be seen. Image courtesy Albert Edge/Mass. Eye and Ear

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