A team of MIT scientists behind the biotech firm Frequency Therapeutics claims to have developed a new type of regenerative therapy that can reverse hearing loss, without the need of hearing aids or cochlear implants.
By programming special kinds of human cells called progenitor cells, the team discovered a new way to encourage the growth of hair cells inside the cochlea.
These hair cells allow us to hear, but they die off over time or when exposed to excess noise. They usually don’t grow back — but allowing the ear to regenerate them could bring back at least some degree of hearing. . .
The treatment works by injecting molecules into the inner ear, which then transform existing progenitor cells into other cells that can grow hair cells inside the cochlea.
The approach is also simpler than conventional gene therapies, which rely on the patient’s own cells, which first need to the reprogrammed in a lab. (Read more from “MIT Scientists Say They’ve Invented a Treatment That Reverses Hearing Loss” HERE)
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