Researchers at Australia’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research have shown that it is possible to preserve and to some extent restore hearing in a mouse model of early onset hearing loss.
Injections of nasal stem cells helped to preserve the function of cochlear hearing cells in about half of the mice in the study, without the stem cells becoming part of the tissue of the inner ear. Interestingly, adult human nasal stem cells were used in the procedure.
The findings are published in the online journal, Stem Cells.
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