Ear Hear 2021 Apr 15. Epub 2021 Apr 15.
Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT Connecticut Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Connecticut Health, Farmington, CT.
Objectives: Serological biomarkers, common to many areas of medicine, have the potential to inform on the health of the human body and to give early warning of risk of compromised function or illness before symptoms are experienced. Serological measurement of prestin, a motor protein uniquely produced and expressed in outer hair cells, has recently been identified as a potential biomarker to inform on the health of the cochlea. Before any test can be introduced into the clinical toolkit, the reproducibility of the measurement when repeated in the same subject must be considered. Read More