Hearing loss could be of two types - Congenital or Acquired.
Acquired hearing loss is that which develops in an individual sue to injury, infections or chemical agents. Such deafness can be now treated using cord blood stem cells.
Thousands of children are impacted by acquired hearing loss that affects their social development apart from speech and learning abilities. To help such children researchers at the Hermann Hospital in Houston have come out with stem cell infusion therapy.
The infusion of stem cells in the cochlear region of the ear is found to repair the damaged hair cells and generate new and healthy cells. These healthy cells are capable of regaining lost sound reception and hence restore hearing in such children.