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Implanted hearing aid uses bone conduction to bypass defective middle ear

Implanted hearing aid uses bone conduction to bypass defective middle ear | Longevity science | Scoop.it

There may soon be help for people who have been rendered functionally deaf by problems of the middle ear. Researchers from Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology have developed an implant that bypasses the defective middle ear, transmitting sounds to the inner ear by sending vibrations right through the skull bone.

 

 

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Human stem cells cure common form of deafness | KurzweilAI

Human stem cells cure common form of deafness | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

University of Sheffield scientists have used human embryonic stem cells to treat auditory neuropathy, a common form of hearing loss.

 

They turned human embryonic stem cells into ear cells and transplanted them into deaf gerbils, obtaining a 46 per cent recovery of hearing four weeks after administering the cells.

 

 

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Can You Hear Me Now? Stem Cells Restore Hearing In Deaf Gerbils – When Will It Work On Humans? | Singularity Hub

Can You Hear Me Now? Stem Cells Restore Hearing In Deaf Gerbils – When Will It Work On Humans? | Singularity Hub | Longevity science | Scoop.it

In a new study, scientists were able to restore partial hearing to deaf gerbils by implanting human embryonic stem cells in their ears.

 

Although the complex technology would not be possible in humans at this time, the breakthrough offers hope for future development.

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