Research on the mechanisms of hearing loss and hearing disorders

Our current research examines the molecular mechanisms that maintain the survival and function of hair cells and neurons of the cochlea. We study how these homeostatic mechanisms operate under normal conditions and how they respond to environmental stressors, particularly to loud sounds. Based on this knowledge, we study if cellular stress could be manipulated for therapeutic purposes to protect against hearing loss.
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The organ of Corti, part of the inner ear.

This video shows imaging and modeling of the organ of Corti, which is a part of the inner ear. The full story in Anttonen et al. 2012. doi: 10.1038/srep00978