New technique generates high volume of sensory cells needed for hearing

FEBRUARY 21, 2017 A two-step process of multiplying stem cells found in the inner ear and converting them to hair cells may restore hearing lost to age, noise damage and other factors.Media Contact: Suzanne Day Media Relations Manager, Mass. Eye and Ear 617-573-3897 Boston, Mass. — The loss of tiny, sound-sensing cells in the inner ear, known as “hair

Sound-sensing cells regenerated in ears of mice with hearing damage

ScienceDaily, by Staff ~ February 20, 2014 For years, scientists have thought that sound-sensing hair cells in the inner ear are not replaced once they're lost, but new research reveals that supporting cells in the ear can turn into hair cells in newborn mice. If the findings can be applied to older animals, they may

3-D Printing of Working Bionic Ears

National Institutes of Health, by Carol Torgan, Ph.D. May 24, 2013 Researchers used 3-D printing of cartilage cells and nanomaterials to create functional ears that receive radio signals. The study demonstrates that it may one day be possible to create bionic tissues and organs. Scientists used 3-D printing to merge tissue and an antenna that