New Treatment Approaches for Hearing Disorders
Hearing loss is the most common type of sensory impairment in humans, affecting over 40 million people globally. More than 100 genetic loci have been linked to hearing loss in recent years, and many of the affected genes have been identified. Understanding the genetic pathways that regulate auditory function has revealed new targets for the disease's pharmacological treatment. Furthermore, approaches based on stem cells and gene therapy that have the potential to restore or maintain auditory function are emerging. We will cover topics such as otological transplants and implants, stapedectomy, middle ear and brain stem implantable hearing devices, and evidence-based management of otitis media with effusion during this track.