Hearing health research: Discovery of a ‘hearing and balance’ protein may help treat hearing loss
Researchers all over the world continue to try and solve the mysteries of the human body – looking for the cure for common problems like hearing loss.
I was recently reading about scientists from Harvard Medical School in the US who have been on a 40-year quest to find the sensor protein responsible for hearing and balance. And it looks like they’ve been successful.
According to their recently published research results, this protein, called TMC1, “forms a sound- and motion-activated pore that allows the conversion of sound and head movement into nerve signals that travel to the brain — a signalling cascade that enables hearing and balance.”
The scientists believe their findings “lay the groundwork for precision-targeted therapies to treat hearing loss that occurs when the TMC1 molecular gate is malformed or missing.”
With hearing loss affecting more than 460 million people worldwide, such a breakthrough could make a real difference in the quest for a solution to hearing loss.
You can read more about this important hearing health research here.
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