Canadian professor explores therapies to combat hearing loss

Canadian Professor Explores Therapies

To Combat Hearing Loss

Canadian professor explores therapies to combat hearing loss

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“There are currently no approved disease-modifying drugs for hearing loss,
which affects nearly a third of people aged 65 to 74 and half of those over 75.

A professor at the University of Toronto is exploring biological solutions to help millions of Canadians suffering from hearing loss.

There are no biological solutions for hearing loss. Current therapies are limited to hearing aids or cochlear implants, neither of which address the basic biological defects underlying hearing loss,” Alain Dabdoub said on the school’s site Friday.

Dabdoub is studying cochlear development and the genetic pathways responsible for how we hear. For example, Dabdoub’s lab is studying ways to regenerate auditory neurons – cells that are responsible for transmitting sound information from the inner ear to the brain.”

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