The auditory nerve is comprised of thousands of tiny nerve fibers responsible for transmitting sound to and from the ear and the brain. Recent discoveries have shown that they are … Continue Reading Researchers identify previously unknown compensatory brain amplifier for hear loss.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is becoming increasingly prevalent. Urban crowding means that large cities are getting noisier, particularly in developing countries. WHO predicts that by 2030, one billion people will … Continue Reading Study identifies the genetic cause and mechanism for noise-induced hearing loss.
Sensory hair cell loss is the major cause of hearing loss and balance disorders. The postnatal mammalian inner ear harbors progenitor cells which have the potential for hair cell regeneration … Continue Reading Researchers regenerate inner ear hair cells via the Notch pathway to restore hearing.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have mapped the sound-processing part of the mouse brain in a way that keeps both the proverbial forest and the trees in view. Their imaging technique … Continue Reading New mapping approach lets scientists zoom in and out as the brain processes sound.