Protecting The Inner Ear During Surgery

Grant number: 509206 | Funding period: 2008 - 2011

Completed

Abstract

Both hearing and balance are vulnerable during ear surgery, and the loss of either carries a heavy personal, social and economic cost. We will develop new ways of protecting the ear during surgery, though the local delivery of medication to the inner ear. The protocol will be developed in the laboratory and tested in a clinical trial. This research will stand to benefit all people undergoing major operation on their ear, and especially cochlear implant candidates with residual hearing.