Patients are participating in ear, nose, throat research around the world

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Ear, Nose, Throat clinical trials and research studies

What is ear, nose, and throat disorders?

The ear is important for hearing, balance and coordination in humans and has three parts - the outer, middle and inner ear. The outer ear is the external part that is visible and collects sound, funnelling it down the ear canal to the eardrum and then to the middle ear. The middle ear converts the vibrations from the ear drum into waves and transfers them to the inner ear (which includes the cochlea). While ears are normally associated with hearing, it is not the ear itself that hears. Rather, the ear is the instrument that gathers the sound, converts vibrations into waves which are transferred through nerves to the brain where the brain interprets the soundwaves into what we ‘hear’. Similarly, it is not the ear we can see that is associated with balance, but rather the inner ear, where the fluid-filled loops respond to rotation of the head and then send signals to the brain for interpretation.

The ear, and subsequently hearing and balance, can be affected by disease, conditions and physical trauma, some of which may cause hearing loss. Meniere’s disease is an example of a disease that affects the inner ear and affects balance. This disease can cause people to experience vertigo (a feeling as if the ‘world is spinning’), to feel dizzy and nauseous, and for them to hear ringing, buzzing, humming or roaring sound in their ears (Tinnitus). Another condition affecting the ear is ear infections, where the ear canal becomes infected by bacteria, fungus or viruses and can cause many symptoms including earache and fever.

Where is ear, nose, and throat disorder research now?

There has been extensive research conducted on the ear, with much of it aimed at addressing hearing loss. A marvel in biotech research is the cochlear implant, which has provided many people with improved hearing. Research is continuing around the world to improve hearing aids and the cochlear implant and to better understand conditions and diseases of the ear.

How can I get involved in ear, nose, and throat disorder research?

Getting involved in research and clinical trials studying ears and hearing may be a part of your recovery plan, or it may help pave the way in developing new diagnostics and therapies that will benefit others. There are a large number of clinical trials and research studies undertaken each year to understand, prevent and treat diseases and conditions affecting the ear.

Participants participated for ear, nose, throat trials around the world

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Ear, Nose, Throat clinical trials and research studies around the world

70 trials

Phase 1

126 trials

Phase 2

66 trials

Phase 3

33 trials

Phase 4

583 trials


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