U.S. researchers are undergoing a phase I safety study using a child’s umbilical cord blood stem cells to try to restore hearing loss. The study, which will use patients’ stem cells from their own stored umbilical cord blood, is the first-of-its-kind, and has the potential to restore hearing. This follows evidence from published laboratory studies that cord blood helps repair damaged organs in the inner ear.
This study is so important because currently, the only treatment options for sensorineural hearing loss are hearing aids or cochlear implants. It also paves the way to understanding more about the potential applications of cord blood.
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