Thursday, May 29, 2008

Researching to get hearing back.

What if you were given the chance to regain your hearing back? Ya, you heard me, or rather read it right, what if you were told you were given the chance to hear again? Something would happen that you would literally get your hearing back. Would you be excited? Mad, or think nothing of it. I ask because there is new medical information coming out about doing stem cell on the hair cells inside your ears. Doing so if this worked would basically regrow the nerves damaged in your ear, and your hearing would be able to come back!

I understand this could be a huge controversy, but if you were given the chance to hear again, would you? I know I would. Yes, I wear hearing aids, yes I can communicate in the hearing community and all but there is SO much I am still missing out on. Understanding the radio, music, talking to people without having to read lips. Watching movies without subtitles or captions. I would like to be able to do that. Oh, also use a phone too! Even better, be able to work in jobs that I am able to hear/understand in.

Basically, Scientists are trying to learn how to restore hearing by inducing the growth of new hair cells. This works as I said through stem cell research and replacements and all.

“Traditionally, scientists have considered people's hair cells--and good hearing--to be irreplaceable. However, genetics research, work with stem cells, and studies of the delicate architecture of the inner ear now suggest that it may be possible to replace lost hair cells and thus restore hearing. And Steyger's research on how certain drugs damage hair cells may someday prevent others from facing a silent future.”

Sounds promising don’t it? To be able to regain hearing in a more permanent way. What a beauty! I would to hear and see what you guys think, and ask if this becomes official and approved, would you guys with hearing loss, and find out you are eligible for this would you go through with this?

Here is the link to the article-- Please note the article was written basically two years ago, so imagine what if any progress has come out since then.



Candy said...

Yup, I would!

I'm HOH, so...would it resonate with that.

Candy said...

it would* ;)

Anonymous said...

I think for a lot of people, it would depend on whether that word "again" belongs there ...

I wonder how well this sort of therapy would work on someone whose cochlea has undergone the (apparent) damage of having had a CI electrode inserted?

MM said...

It's a no-brainer really, I'd be worried about being trampled on in the rush...

Abbie said...

I would get done too, without a doubt. I still think a person would need therapy to get the brain to understand though.

Anonymous said...

Hell to the no. I lived a lifetime of suffering with my hearing aids and I threw them out for a reason.

Jay said...

If I still had my old hearing aids, I may of done it.. Now with the digital hearing aids, Nah, you couldn't pay me!

I am happy with the hearing lost I have, and able to hear things with my new digital hearing aids, but if I want quiet, then out they go or turn them off.

Jes said...

The research sounds very promising. Advancement in stem cell research has the potential to cure many diseases and disabilities (including, as you said, hearing loss and even paralysis).

Me being able to hear since birth the answer to your question is easy, that is YES if i ever became deaf or HOH later in life i would want it back. Though i can understand why this would be a dilemma for people who've been deaf since birth.

I agree with abbie too, i think one would need lots of therapy/education to be able to understand sounds and translate them into meaningful info. I'm really looking forward to where this stem cell research is going. Hopefully trial studies will begin soon, we'll just have to wait and see!

Seek Geo said...

If I am told that I can be able to hear with this new steam cells, you bet I will go for it just like if I goes blind, I want to be able to see.

Of course, nobody is going to understand all sounds and such overnight so it will take a lot of time and training.

From what I heard even though I can't say if it is true that anyone who already received CI cannot get stem cell because there has been already damaged done from the surgery which is why I know several people decided to wait for better technology.


Kim said...

I would like to hear again, but I would be afraid too. I've been deaf for a long time, and it's scary to think of the all the changes that would happen should I be able to hear perfectly again-- even though they would be good changes.

I will tell you a story about my son when he came back from Korea. He had been living in a situation surrounded by Koreans 24/7, and rarely heard English in all that time. Suddenly he was surrounded by English speaking people wherever he went. At first he could not help picking up on everyone's conversations. He had lost the ability to tune out. Culture shock. That's what I would be afraid of.

J.Matheson said...

I would do it without giving it any second thought.

Anonymous said...

I have been asked the question, "Would you do it if you could?" many times during my life. My answer has always been "no."

Oh, sure, it would open up more opportunities for me. I could join the police department like I wanted to when I was younger. I could join the Marines and learn all the cool ways they use to destroy stuff.

I could FINALLY be free from all the fleeting looks of irritation and impatience that I get when I ask someone to repeat something they had said.

I could attend movies whenever I wanted to instead of waiting for the DVD or an open-captioned showing.

I could get rid of my hearing aids and save tons of money on batteries.

Yes, my life would become easier.

But . . . is it worth it? I've been hard of hearing since I was about four years old. Everything I've done, everything I've experienced, my "hard of hearingness" was right there with me.

It has become a part of me. It has fused itself into my identity. It has led me to meet people and have experiences that I might never otherwise have met if I were fully hearing.

I'm pushing 40 years old. My habits, patterns, likes, dislikes, and so forth have already been established. Do I want to essentially start all over again, this time with two fully-functioning ears?

I have a house, a car, a great wife, a beautiful daughter, and a decent job. I can pay my bills and still have something left over for the "extras." Even though it's been a struggle at times, I feel as though I've "made it."

No, I wouldn't do it.