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New Hearing Loss Treatments on the Horizon

The Leading Edge: What’s New in Hearing Research?

Monday, September 14, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (ET)

Otology / Neurotology Track


Ronna Hertzano, MD, PhD

Novel therapeutics for the treatment of hearing loss may be on the horizon, according to Ronna Hertzano, MD, PhD, of the University of Maryland, and Adrien A. Eshraghi, MD, MSC,  of the University of Miami.

Traditionally, we think of hearing loss treatment methods as either supportive like hearing aids, or rehabilitative like cochlear implants. But in their session on Monday, Dr. Hertzano and Dr. Eshraghi plan to discuss several promising leads that go beyond what otolaryngologists currently have in their arsenals. “A few examples of potential new treatments include the following,” said Dr. Hertzano and Dr. Eshraghi:

  • Promising existing drugs that may be able to be repurposed to possibly treat noise- or age-related hearing loss
  • Advances in the design of cochlear implant electrode arrays that may elude drugs altogether
  • Advances in cochlear drug delivery approaches
  • Drugs for cisplatin ototoxicity

Why are these treatment options closer than ever before? New research advances may be changing the game for patients, whether they suffer from genetic or another etiology of hearing loss.

Dr. Hertzano said otology is gaining insight into molecular biology techniques and a better molecular understanding of the genetic basis of hearing loss. There is also, she said, a “new understanding of the pathophysiology of noise-induced hearing loss that allows us to refine the functional questions we ask.”

Dr. Eshragi added that there is also a better understanding of pathways involved in program cell death of sensory cells and how to select otoprotective drugs.

The pair plan to discuss each of the potential new treatments in depth, as well as different approaches for hearing preservation and restoration and new understandings of ear trauma and its treatments.

If you miss this live event, it will be available in the on-demand library of education content within 48 hours following the presentation.