VEST helps deaf feel, understand speech

Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine project allows subconscious translation  HOUSTON – (April 8, 2015) – A vest that allows the profoundly deaf to “feel” and understand speech is under development by engineering students and their mentors at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine. Under the direction of neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman,

Gene Therapy May Boost Cochlear Implants

Bioscience Technology, by Lauran Neergaard ~ April 23, 2014 Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing. The approach reported Wednesday isn't ready for human testing, but it's part

Sensory Hair Cells Regenerated, Hearing Restored in Noise-Damaged Mammal Ear

Jan. 9, 2013 - Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary “Hair cells are the primary receptor cells for sound and are responsible for the sense of hearing,” explains Dr. Edge. “We show that hair cells can be generated in a damaged cochlea and that hair cell replacement leads to an improvement in hearing.” Hearing loss is a

Cord Blood Stem Cells Restore Toddler’s Hearing

Monday, July 16, 2012 By: Lara Salahi Madeleine Connor, 2, underwent an experimental procedure using her own cord blood stem cells to repair damaged tissue in her ear and restore her hearing. A virus infection Stephanie Connor acquired during pregnancy put her unborn daughter at significant risk for brain damage and lifelong hearing loss. "It was traumatic,"