elderly caucasian woman sitting outside smiling

By Andrea Fillmore || Photo by Damir Bosnjak via Unsplash

I walked slowly into the living room. I was there to visit my grandma. I remember feeling grief ignite in my chest when she turned to look at me and said, “Now, what is your name?” I had become a stranger to my own grandmother. 

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you know the pain I’m talking about. It’s a frustrating disease with no answers, just lots of questions. 

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are neurodegenerative diseases. This means they cause degeneration or death of nerve cells. Damaged tau protein is the suspect of these irregular brain functions. Tau provides structure to healthy nerve cells. This tau becomes toxic in concussive head injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. When damaged, they convert healthy tau into more toxic tau. 

The hearing loss pill developed at HEI has shown it will reduce the growth of this toxic protein. This pill was originally created to prevent and restore hearing. But it could also be part of the treatment for Alzheimer’s and other related diseases. 

We won’t stop our primary work on the research of hearing loss and tinnitus. But with your help, we can explore new possibilities like neurodegenerative research. Alzheimer’s is an elusive frontier for now, but not forever.