Our "Hairy Hearing Exhibit" was a hit at Paws-On Science!

Five dedicated researchers from the Bloedel Center initiated Pacific Science Center Paws On Science visitors into the role hair cells play in our hearing.  During that April weekend, Dale Hailey, Tammy Stawicki, Sarah Malmquist, Melissa Strong and Stephanie Furrer competed successfully with UW mascot Dubs for attention (we believe!).  As a result, more Seattle children and their families understand the importance of protecting our hearing.









The Auditory Centers of the Avian Brain

The auditory centers of the avian brain include a flat sheet of neuronal cells (Nucleus laminaris, NL) that indicate sound direction. The upper side of these neurons receive signals from one ear and the lower side receive signals from the opposite ear.

Hair Cell Regeneration in the Avian Basilar Papilla

Hair cells are highly specialized cells that are located in the inner ear organs and the lateral line neuromasts. They serve as the sensory receptors for hearing, equilibrium, and motion detection.

A Study in Contrasts: Auditory Hair Cells in Mice

This striking image captures the difference between the auditory "hair cells" in the inner ear of a nomal mouse (left), and those of a hybrid mouse that is capable of complete hair cell loss (right).

Mouse inner ear, as depicted on our 2011 Bloedel Sound

Ethereal beauty of the microscopic world shines in this image of the inner ear of a mouse.

World's First Implant Device to Treat Meniere's Disease

The surgery shown took place on October 21, 2010 - the first time ever for a patient to receive a specialized cochlear implant that seeks to relieve symptoms of disabling Meniere's Disease. The vertigo and nausea suffered during Meniere's attacks may be allayed by this device.

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