Imagine you wake up one day and suddenly can’t smell anything.
No coffee brewing, no bacon sizzling in the pan. And this isn’t a stuffy nose. It’s more like the on/off switch in your brain has been flipped.
Doctors can prescribe steroids or nasal sprays. Surgery is sometimes an option, but for many patients, a lack of smell lingers for months — often years.
But as Todd Bookman from Here & Now contributor WHYY’s The Pulse reports, there’s a new technique that relies on the brain re-learning how to smell.