New research into the biology of the ear and the causes of certain hearing loss is important for the development of treatment for hearing impairment.
(PRWEB UK) 30 November 2012
Researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University in the US have mapped the precise 3-D atomic structure of a thin protein filament that is vital for cells in the inner ear as well as calculating the force needed to pull it apart.
First published in the journal, Nature, the study revealed characteristics of the most vulnerable area of structure called the tip link. Tip links are vital to hair cells which in turn are vital for hearing and balance. Tip links are strings of protein that physically connect the cilia of ‘hairs’ found on these cells, but a mutation in proteins can result in congenital deafness.
These new findings will provide an understanding of how noise can break a tip link and potentially cause a hearing problem as well as opening opportunities for research into noise-induced hearing loss.
A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:
“New research into the biology of the ear and the causes of certain hearing loss is important for the development of treatment for hearing impairment. This opens up further opportunity for new insight into hearing loss and hopefully further treatment for deafness.”
With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.