Category: Vestibular Testing

Gene Therapy Used to Restore Hearing and Balance in Mice with Usher Syndrome

In a first-of-its-kind study published in the March 1, 2017 edition of Molecular Therapy, researchers from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine showed that gene therapy was able to restore balance and hearing in genetically modified mice that mimic Usher syndrome.

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Partial Hearing and Balance Restored in Deaf Mice Using New Gene-delivery Therapy

Using a novel form of gene therapy, scientists from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital have managed to restore partial hearing and balance in mice born with a genetic condition that affects both. The new model reportedly overcomes a long-standing barrier to accessing hair cells which have been notoriously difficult to treat with previous gene-delivery techniques.

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University Installs Balance Mobility Trainer to Reduce Risk of Falls

New balance mobility equipment on St. Augustine University’s Texas campus is the first to be easily accessible to patients in the Austin community who have balance problems from a stroke, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, or traumatic brain injury, as well as geriatric patients who are at risk for injury from falls.

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