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Light Pulses Restore Gerbils’ Hearing: Could This Lead to Higher-Tech Cochlear Implants?

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It was reported in PBS on a German research group implemented the experiment to improve upon cochlear implants—electronic devices that stimulate auditory neurons to partially restore hearing. Rather than use of electrical currents, researchers seek to determine whether optogenetics, a new field that uses light to control living cells, could one day help improve a patient’s sense of hearing. For more on cochlear implants see the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders NICDC) of the NIH link: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/cochlear-implants. For more on Optogenetics see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optogenetics

Research/Investigative Site

Institute for Auditory Neuroscience at the University Medical Center Göttingen

Lead Researcher/Investigator

Tobias Moser, director

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