Latest Inner ear Stories
On Wednesday, French researchers reported that a protein in the inner ear helps people understand speech and differentiate between sounds. The finding could help treat those hard of hearing.
An Australian researcher says she is attempting to use stem cells to repair damaged nerves related to hearing problems such as deafness.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I dread flying. As the plane descends for landing, my right ear gives me severe pain. After we land, the pain starts to subside, and in a few hours it is mostly gone. I have seen an ear doctor, who found nothing wrong. I chew gum, drink water through a straw, yawn and swallow.
Scientists in Oregon have discovered that gene therapy may be able to restore working hair cells that are essential for the inner ear to interpret sounds.
U.S. scientists say they have grown tiny hair cells that are necessary for hearing, suggesting a new therapy to regain hearing might be possible. The Oregon Health & Science University researchers said they produced functional auditory hair cells in the cochlea of a mouse inner ear.
Sound Pharmaceuticals has received a R&D contract award from the Office of Naval Research for approximately $1.6 million to optimize its lead drug candidate for hearing regeneration.
A healthy ear emits soft sounds in response to the sounds that travel in. Detectable with sensitive microphones, these otoacoustic emissions help doctors test newbornsâ€™ hearing. A deaf ear doesnâ€™t produce these echoes.
Yale researchers have found that chloride ions are critical to hearing in mammals and that some environmental toxins may disrupt the balance of these ions in ear cells and therefore disrupt hearing.
Scientists are one step closer to understanding the genetic pathway involved in the development of hearing. New research findings, published online this week in the journal Nature Genetics, detail how sensory hair cells in the ear â€“â€“ the cells largely responsible for hearing â€“â€“ develop unique shapes that enable the perception of sound.
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University's Neurological Sciences Institute and the University of Bologna have developed a portable "Ipod-like" device that can be used to help correct balance disorders. Scientists believe this new device, based on auditory feedback of balance, can be worn on the belt like a pager to provide regular therapy for patients with balance disorders, improving their day-to-day activities.
The ear is an organ from the auditory system that collects sounds, and also balances and enables body position. Formation and Orientation The ear can be broken down into the inner and outer ears. The outer part of the ear is the visible flap (auricle) and ear canal which collects sounds which create pressure that echoes through the middle ear. The inner ear, however, is embedded in the temporal bone. There are hollow areas of the inner ear that are filled with liquids and hair cells...