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Iranians use stem cells to treat tinnitus


Iranians have successfully terminated the animal phase of the trial testing the efficacy of a new technique for treating tinnitus or ear ringing with the help of stem cells.

Iran is one of the countries with the highest number of individuals suffering from tinnitus in the world; the majority of these patients are war veterans and factory workers whose auditory system has been injured due to exposure to loud noise.

Hearing loss, ear trauma, ear infection, excess wax in the ear, drugs such as aspirin, aminoglycoside antibiotics and quinine, and diseases such as Meniere's disease and certain brain tumors are among the main causes of this condition.

Stem cells can help repair auditory cells damaged by loud noise in these individuals, said Hesamoldin Imam Jome, the head of the audiology department of Hazrat Rasoul Akram Hospital.

Imam Jome went on to say that the electrical tinnitus suppression device, already used as a temporary treatment for ringing in the ear, has been developed by Iranian scientists.

Source: presstv.ir

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