Deafness-causing protein deficiency makes brain rewire itself, research suggests – Medical Xpress

Credit: Oregon State University

The brains of people with congenital deafness may be rewiring themselves in ways that affect how those people learn, suggesting a need to develop new teaching techniques tailored toward those who have never been able to hear.

Published today in Nature Scientific Reports, the findings by an Oregon State University research collaboration make the case that a protein mutation that causes profound hearing loss also alters the growth and wiring of certain neurons—cells that act as the building blocks of the nervous system.

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