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Treating Hearing Loss with Stem Cells

Treating Hearing Loss with Stem Cells

Stem Cell Hearing Loss

This infographic informs us that the Cord Blood Registry and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston have partnered to form a trial that will infuse children with hearing loss with their own cord blood stem cells to try to treat the hearing problem.

Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be caused by chemical exposure, infections like the measles and meningitis, and by head injuries.

Impact of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can impact a child’s learning abilities, their social development, and their speech and language acquisition.

How it Works

There are thousands of children in the United States with acquired hearing loss.  The damage occurs inside the Cochlea, where damaged cells in the inner ear cause the hearing loss.  An infusion of the cord blood stem cells into the Cochlea could repair the damaged cells and improve hearing.  That is what the trial is testing.

Scorecard

Design:  A+

This is a beautifully designed, easy-to-understand infographic.

Information:  B

More information, like the amount of children participating in the trial, etc. would be nice to know.

Source:  Hearing Loss Stem Cell Treatment Infographic

Hearing Loss Statistics Infographic | Hearing Loss Facts

Hearing Loss Statistics Infographic | Hearing Loss Facts

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Here we have a graphic that brilliantly displays the effects of hearing loss and how to cope with it. The graphic points out that the four main ways people lose their ears are through listening to loud music, spending too much time in an industrial work place with power drills and the like, being exposed to the sounds of a racetrack, and being exposed to the sounds of guns firing for long periods of time. So, how do you know if your ears are being damaged? Well, if someone is standing three feet away from you, but you cannot hear the words coming out of their mouth, then odds are that you are probably in a situation where the noise level is dangerous.

And if you are in a situation like this, you should probably extricate yourself immediately because, as the graphic reveals, once your inner ear hair cells are gone, they don’t come back. We have 15,000 hair cells, but they can deteriorate rapidly if people consistently place themselves in situations where hazardous noise is present. Over 50 million Americans suffer from a disease called Tinnitus, which is a non-stop ringing in the ears that results from prolonged exposure to loud sounds.

The right bar of the graphic discusses how to protect your ears. Earplugs and earmuffs are the most common solutions. Let’s get to the grading segment now.

Design: A

This graphic is a feast for the eyes. Great use of colors and an interesting artistic choice to put an ear in the center of the graphic and have the facts about decimal levels spring from that centerpiece.

Content: A

Useful Hearing Loss facts abound.  The content is also well-organized and flows well while providing many statistics about Hearing Loss.

Infographic Design by Big Oak for The Ear Plug Superstore & Audilio.com

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