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Study Shows Hair Cell Regrowth with New Drug

A new approach, published in “Cell Reports,” to regenerate inner ear sensory hair cells is said to lay the groundwork for treating chronic noise-induced hearing loss by the company, Frequency Therapeutics, and its co-founders who are drawing on research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School, Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, and MIT. The program is expected to progress to into human clinical trials within the next 18 months.

‘Molecular Handshake’ Between Tip Links in Ear Essential to Hearing, Balance

We hear sounds in part because tiny filaments inside our inner ears help convert voices, music, and noises into electrical signals that are sent to our brains for processing. Now, scientists have mapped and simulated those filaments at the atomic level, a discovery that shed lights on how the inner ear works and that could help researchers learn more about how and why people lose the ability to hear.

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Hearing Speech Requires Quiet—In More Ways than One

Perceiving speech requires quieting certain types of brain cells, report a team of researchers from UConn Health and University of Rochester in an upcoming issue of the “Journal of Neurophysiology.” Their research reveals a previously unknown population of brain cells, and opens up a new way of understanding how the brain hears.

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