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Does the auditory system have to age? Can we become more like turtles or jellyfish and keep our internals running without degradation? This essay considers the theoretical underpinnings of biological processes in the cochlear, in particular the role of the protein lifetimes. Clearly in need of further experimental considerations, however the question it poses is how much of a role does protein degeneration play in presbycusis? The role of proteins and the impact on a system’s ageing has been widely discussed in other fields in recent years and is already undergoing study outside of otology. Therefore, we might not be there yet… however, there is a niggling thought regarding what might be in the Fountain of Youth.

The cochlea is built to last a lifetime.
Savas J.
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Jennifer K Stott

Royal Berkshire, NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

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