This article details the latest developments in the field of auditory biotechnologies that aim to medically treat hearing loss using a series of different approaches. The biotechnologies described in this interview include both restorative and protective treatments, and some of the molecular and cellular mechanisms behind these treatments are described along with the most likely patient populations for early clinical trials. Finally, the current state of offerings for auditory biotechnologies is also reviewed, and readers are pointed to appropriate information to connect their patients to upcoming clinical trials.
Course created on July 10, 2023
- After this course, participants will be able to identify and describe various biotechnologies being researched to treat sensorineural hearing loss, and differentiate between their mechanisms of action in targeting different cellular deficits, including cochlear implants, hair cell regeneration, otoprotective agents, and spiral ganglion neuron regeneration.
- After this course, participants will be able to evaluate and compare different approaches to otoprotective strategies and hair cell regeneration in the inner ear, including gene therapy, small molecules, drug-like molecules, stem cells, and more, and discuss their potential for restoring hearing in patients with sensorineural hearing loss.
- After this course, participants will be able to assess and analyze the potential psychosocial and neural degeneration implications of supporting a patient’s pursuit of different hearing restoration technologies of today, such as cochlear implants, while weighing the potential outcomes of hearing restoration technologies of tomorrow, such as hair cell regeneration.
Rebecca M. Lewis
Dr. Rebecca M. Lewis, AuD, PhD, CCC-A, ABAC, is a passionate audiologist and scientist who serves as the Chief of Audiology for the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she directs a collaborative clinical research program and is actively practicing as an audiologist. Dr. Lewis completed her dual doctorates (AuD/PhD) at the University of Washington and trained at other institutions renowned for audiology and hearing science including Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center before directing a clinical research program at Whisper.ai, a startup hearing aid manufacturer. She is committed to serving her community and the audiology profession, volunteering in other leadership roles including the American Academy of Audiology, the American Tinnitus Association, and the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.
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