Study Reveals A Link Between Hearing and Touch Senses

Study Reveals A Link Between Hearing and Touch Senses

Recently, a new study has been published in the free access journal PLoS Biology, which states that anyone with a good hearing sense also tends to have a higher touch performance.

Unveiled by the neuroscientist, Gary Lewin, from the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany, this is for the first time that such an evidence of a common genetic thread has been discovered, stating a link between multiple senses of human. The study says that the sense of touch is knotted with our sense of hearing; in practical terms this means that if you've got a superior sense of hearing, then it's highly possible that you also pose a high touch performance.

In earlier studies, the experiments were made on rats but in this study, these have been confirmed on humans also.

The study revealed that both humans and animals are outfitted with different kinds of sensory cells that are dedicated for detecting the actions of a mechanical force. Ears and skin of humans and animals consist of Mechanosensory cells that respectively help them in feeling the senses of hearing and touch.

It is the contribution of the related cells located in the blood vessels that offer ideal response for blood pressure regulation.

Well, there still exist many questions to which an answer is awaited, like, whether these genes are common genes that play a role on our senses through their actions in these different receptor types, else something else?

For conducting this study, neuroscientists considered more than 500 volunteers to undergo assessments of mechanosensory function that included the touch sensitivity, hearing and the baroreceptor reflex which is responsible for controlling blood pressure. And as a result, they found that touch sensitivity is beneath the genetic power.