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Monday, May 23, 2005

Fw: Auditory hair cell replacement by gene therapy in deaf mammals

This is a follow-up of similar gene therapy for hearing loss involved with hair cell, published in Nature medicine 13 February 2005.
An exciting discovery which will benefit certain senior people with hearing loss. However, we need to wait to see if it works for humans.


At 8:49 PM, Blogger marathonbabe said...

Your response to my blog has led me to your several blogs. Beside amazing pictures in your two other blogs (Traveling in China and Look at the East & at the West), this one is also interesting because I've seen several posts relating to auditory aspect of health and science. Is this one area you're focusing for your medical research?

I'm deaf and I use sign language. My family offered me the opportunity to get a cochlear implant but I declined. Science is incredible and yes, it works for some people. I cannot argue the effectiveness of cochlear implant to make one hear. It is just that the cochlear implant doesn't always work and it doesn't change the fact that the person is deaf. I've known a lot of people discarding their cochlear implant devices because they say they don't work or they are becoming a nuisance. A couple people I know died during the cochlear implant surgery. It is evident that there are pros and cons to this science of cochlear implant. It's a matter of circumstances to whoever is a part of undergoing this.

It is also quite interesting how one research study suggested that women wear hearing aids after their menopause or that their hearing loss is associated with their menopause. I think I can second that because my mother, all of a sudden, is losing her hearing ability after her menopause. That could be the reason.

Thanks for inviting me over to check your blogs. I’ll be sure to read from time to time.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Snake in Fall said...

Sorry to know that you lose your hearing.

It is true that "there are pros and cons to this science of cochlear implant" since we don't completely know how the cochlear work and the circuitry of the cochlear nucleus where the auditory nerve sends auditory information.

However, I heard a number of cases with cochlear implant get much better hearing. One of my colleague uses it and got her Ph.D. already.

I am happy to work on the mechanism of hearing for more than ten years and still stick to it. I hope my work will benefit you some day.

At 12:54 AM, Blogger marathonbabe said...

No apologies necessary. I like the way I am.

Glad there are some improvements with the cochlear implants. There's always room for improvements.

Good for your colleague who received her Ph.D. I dont think it has to do with her cochlear implant, though.

Enjoy your job and I'm sure I'll benefit from reading your work.


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