Continuing research into how cells work within the ear, will enable a greater understanding of how hearing loss happens and can be prevented.
(PRWEB UK) 3 April 2013
A researcher is studying miniature zebra fish to understand how to one day prevent hearing loss in humans.
The research originally started as a study into how zebra fish communicate but Alison Coffin is now comparing the ‘lateral line’ of the zebra fish or outer sensory cells to similar cells in the human ear by looking at what happens when the cells are damaged. This means she will be able to see how cells die and how they might be protected from damage.
Using this information, Coffin hopes to use the information to help those experiencing hearing loss and could one day use the research to develop drugs to help prevent hearing loss.
A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:
“Continuing research into how cells work within the ear, will enable a greater understanding of how hearing loss happens and can be prevented.”
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.