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Stem cells to cure deafness

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Researchers have now taken a major step to cure bad hearing by growing up functioning human auditory cells.

Deafness can have several causes. You can have a defect in the outer ear, and then you can often operate to improve hearing, or something that is not working in the inner ear.
This is about to have a damaged cochlea and that the small hairs cells to sense the vibrations of the sound are broken. It is the most common reason why people are deaf.
People with such deafness can only partly be helped with cochlear implants. But the broken hair cells have been nothing to do anything about.
Until now British researchers have been successful in cultivating new auditory cells also having the ability to develop successful hearing hairs.
Read more (in Swedish) about this here!

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