New aspects of inner ear research

Hosp Med. 2004 Jul;65(7):392-5. doi: 10.12968/hosp.2004.65.7.15449.


At birth, one in 850 babies are profoundly deaf, and hearing loss affects more than 50% of all people over 60 years of age. While hearing loss caused by disease of the external and/or middle ear is treatable, hearing loss as a result of damage to and loss of hair cells and/or auditory neurons can only be alleviated using prosthetic devices such as hearings aids or cochlear implants.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antioxidants / adverse effects
  • Cochlea / innervation
  • Cochlear Implants / trends
  • Ear, Inner / pathology*
  • Ganglia, Sensory / pathology
  • Hair Cells, Auditory*
  • Hearing Loss / etiology*
  • Hearing Loss / pathology
  • Humans
  • Labyrinth Diseases / pathology*
  • Nerve Growth Factors / physiology


  • Antioxidants
  • Nerve Growth Factors