This development in hearing healthcare and could offer hope to thousands with ear deformities or loss.
(PRWEB UK) 5 March 2013
Scientists have managed to grow artificial earlobes by using 3D printing and human cells by using gels made of living cells.
After they are implanted, the ears begin to grow their own cartilage and are the first artificial ears that look and act like real ones.
A new study by researchers at Cornell University in New York developed the pioneering ears and found over a three month period that the flexible artificial ears even grew their own cartilage to replace the collagen used to mould them.
It is hoped the artificial ears could help children born with ear deformity as well as individuals who have lost part or their entire ear due to an accident or cancer.
A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:
“This development in hearing healthcare and could offer hope to thousands with ear deformities or loss.”
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.