"I hope that in five years, we are at a point that we can say that it is possible to cure deafness, at least in an animal," Heller says. "That will be the first step toward treating human patients.
Indeed. Especially when they found out that whenever stem cells come in contact with damaged ear hair cells the stem cells become those hair cells regenerating into usuable and fully functioning hair cells. The problem is how to transport the tiny, microscopic stem cells into the human ear hair cells.
Won't be much longer now since 90% of all babies born with a hearing loss (mild to profound) are born to hearing parents and parents will undoubtedly want a hearing baby. No surprise there. And since there is an active hearing loss screening for all new born babies already in place in hospitals across the United States, I'm sure hearing parents will want to ensure that their baby's hearing be the same as the hearing parents. Stem cells for the regeneration of new ear hair cells have the potential to eliminate even the best technology we have going today. This includes hearing aids and cochlear implants.
Be sure to watch CBS news video on that report with the article being the transcript.
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