New Drug Cocktail May Be Future Treatment for Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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You might say researchers had a gut instinct when they decided to explore whether a specific drug cocktail could be used to treat hearing loss. The researchers at MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear were already involved in a study of intestinal cell regeneration when they discovered a similarity between structural support cells in the cochlea and intestinal stem cells.

If regeneration could work in the cochlea like it did in the

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