According to the non-profit, the new treatments in the pipeline are intended to help alleviate some types of tinnitus and reduce hearing loss associated with noise exposure, middle ear infections, and certain anti-cancer drugs that are toxic to the ear. Hearing loss is a complex subject where overall volume of hearing is affected. Hearing loss may pertain to noises in the ear (tinnitus) which compete with other sound. Sufferers of tinnitus and other hearing disorders have had virtually no proved treatment options. The tiny space has also thwarted most attempts to develop and deliver drugs to treat hearing disorders, whether brought on by aging or exposure to loud noises. Two systems, in particular, are gaining a lot of attention: one that infuses a little polymer matrix with drugs to stop relentless ringing in the ears and one that uses a miniscule pump to deliver the goods to damaged hair cells, or cilia, that cause hearing loss.
New Drugs For Hearing Loss Expected In 5 Years