Stem Cell Treatment Hearing Loss

Stem Cell Treatment Hearing Loss at SIRM

Two Types:

1. Conductive hearing loss

A conductive hearing impairment is present when the sound is not reaching the inner ear, the cochlea. This can be due to external ear canal malformation, dysfunction of the eardrum or malfunction of the bones of the middle ear. The ear drum may show defects from small to total resulting in hearing loss of different degree. Scar tissue after ear infections may also make the ear drum dysfunction as well as when it is retracted and adherent to the medial part of the middle ear.

Dysfunction of the three small bones of the middle ear; hammer, anvil and stapes may result in conductive hearing loss. The mobility of the ossicles may be impaired of different reasons and disruption of the ossicular chain due to trauma, infection or anchylosis may also result in hearing loss.

2. Sensorineural hearing loss

A sensorineural hearing loss is one resulting from dysfunction of the inner ear, the cochlea, the nerve that transmits the impulses from the cochlea to the hearing centre in the brain or damage in the brain. The most common reason for sensorineural hearing impairment is damage to the hair cells in the cochlea. As we grow older the hair cells degenerate and lose their function, and our hearing deteriorates. Depending on the definition it could be estimated that more than 50% of the population over the age of 70 has an impaired hearing. Impaired hearing is the most common physical handicap in the industrialized world.

Another common reason for hearing loss due to hair cell damage is noise-induced hearing loss. These types of hearing loss are often most pronounced in the high frequency range. This will often interfere with speech understanding, as it is in the high frequency range that we find the consonant sounds that are most important especially in noisy surroundings. Head trauma, ear infections, tumours and ototoxic drugs such as gentamyacin are other reasons for sensorineural hearing loss.

Mixed hearing loss

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of the two types discussed above. Chronic ear infection that is a fairly common diagnosis could result in a defect ear drum and/or middle ear ossicle damages.

Stem Cell Treatment for Hearing Loss

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Related Articles Acid stimulation-induced semi-pluripotent characteristics in human somatic cells. Acta Otolaryngol. 2019 Feb 08;:1-7 Authors: Xu QQ, Guo WW, Wang X, Zhai S, Yang S Abstract BACKGROUND: Clinical trials of cell-based therapies using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have already been started for several neurological diseases. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study was to explore the characteristics and differentiation of somatic cells in vitro undergoing a low pH treatment, so as to provide new therapeutic strategies for treating sensorineural hearing loss. METHODS: Somatic cells were treated with low pH solution to alter their characteristics. In addition, a mouse model of the cochlear lesion was constructed using bilirubin. Subsequently, the characteristics and therapeutic effect of somatic cells undergoing low pH treatment were examined by morphology, alkaline phosphatase (AKP) activity, immunofluorescence assay and q-PCR. RESULTS: The cells in the experimental group grew better than those in the control group. The AKP activity in the experimental group was higher than that in the control group. The expression of Nanog and Oct4 was both positive in the two groups. When the cells were changed to neurobasal medium, the marker of nestin was positive. CONCLUSION: The human somatic cells undergoing a low pH treatment showed the similar characteristics as those of iPS cells, although the functions and therapeutic effect of these altered human somatic cells need to be further studied. PMID: 30734622 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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