Osmotic stabilization prevents cochlear synaptopathy after blast trauma

Trauma due to roadside bombs is an unfortunate consequence of modern warfare and terrorist attacks. Hearing loss often occurs because the cochlea is the body’s most sensitive pressure transducer. John Oghalai discusses imaging of the mouse cochlea using optical coherence tomography to show that increased endolymph volume correlates with damage to the auditory synapse. Image courtesy of John Oghalai.

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