Biophysicist Anthony Ricci, PhD, seems to spend a lot of time worrying about premature babies going deaf. It’s not because he has a deaf child, or because he’s a doctor who treats premature babies. He’s not that kind of a doctor. But Ricci, a professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, and a self-confirmed lab rat, has seen firsthand how certain life-saving antibiotics can wreak havoc on what is his area of expertise — the inner ear.

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