(PRWEB UK) 7 March 2013
Researchers have developed an imaging technique that could investigate the causes behind types of hearing loss, reports Science News.
Researchers have managed to take a picture of a mouse’s inner ear cells for the first time, by using an approach that doesn’t damage tissue or require elaborate dyes.
Due to the ear’s location and delicate nature, it is difficult to access and hard for scientists to explore and understand. But the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, US, has managed to look at inner ear cells by using an existing technique called two-photon microscopy that shoots protons at target tissue, exciting particular molecules that then emit light.
Within the research, the scientists looked at noise exposed mice and found visible damage to the ear with whole sections of ear cells wiped out.
A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:
“New developments in hearing loss research provides further understanding of how the ear works and what affects its ability to hear properly. It also provides further proof and importance of the need to protect our ears.”
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.