Here’s one of the best reasons ever to support stem cell research.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, recently
published research findings in Developmental Neuroscience which suggest new
ways of treating hearing loss. These researchers have isolated "cochlear stem
cells" located in the inner ear and already primed for development into
ear-related tissue due to their proximity to the ear and expression of certain
genes necessary for the development of hearing.
The team’s research is a major step in devising a therapy to reverse
permanent hearing loss because it may lead to the activation of cochlear stem
cells in the inner ear to regenerate new hair cells.
As a sufferer of
sensorineural hearing loss myself, this is very encouraging news. For people
that don’t know about hearing loss, it can have significant effects on a persons
ability for social interaction, which is why I don’t party much.
Millions of people worldwide suffer from this type of hearing loss, and with the blasting of Ipods in young ears becoming a fixture of society, the problem will only get worse