New research from Oregon Health & Science University offers insight into the development of hair bundles deep within the inner ear that are critical to hearing.
The bundles inside the spiral cavity of the ear convert vibrational energy into electrical signals in the brain. They do not regenerate once they are lost, either from loud noises, disease or aging.
The study, published today in the journal Current Biology, shows that the bundles develop in a feedback loop in which form follows function and vice versa.
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