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The next generation of deafness therapies targeting the inner ear

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Numerous people are suffering from inner-ear disorders throughout the world, providing severe social and financial impacts. Classical drugs such as steroids and vitamins are used for treatments of the diseases but they are often non-effective. Recent progress in basic researches has accelerated the ...

Numerous people are suffering from inner-ear disorders throughout the world, providing severe social and financial impacts. Classical drugs such as steroids and vitamins are used for treatments of the diseases but they are often non-effective. Recent progress in basic researches has accelerated the development of novel drugs for hearing loss. Moreover, regenerative medicine opens a revolutionary approach to cure the various deafness types. In this issue of Frontiers Research Topics, we focus on the frontline of drugs currently served to the patients as well as the next-generation technologies of medicine such as cochlear implants and gene therapies. We also mention the possibility of application of stem cells to inner-ear disorders. With these topics, we would like to discuss future strategies to overcome the deafness.


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