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What treatments exist for autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED) other than steroid medications?

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A hearing aid can help you adjust to hearing loss, but in severe cases, your doctor might suggest a cochlear implant. This is a small device that affects the nerves in your inner ear that send signals to your brain. There, the brain turns them into sound. Part of the cochlear implant sits behind your ear. The other part is put under your skin during surgery.

As doctors learn more about autoimmune inner ear disease, more treatment options may be possible. These include drugs that work better with fewer side effects as well as gene therapy. New genes may be used to help damaged ear cells start working again.

From: What Is Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED)."

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease."

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association: "Descriptions of Diseases."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease: What Is Autoimmunity? How Is It Connected to Vestibular Disorders?"

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease."

The University of Texas Medical Branch: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED)."

Hear-It.org: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Cochlear Implants."

Immunotherapy : "Immunosuppressive therapy for autoimmune inner ear disease."

Frontiers in Pharmacology : "Immune system of the ear as a novel, therapeutic target for sensorineural hearing loss."

Otology & Neurology : "Cochlear implantation outcomes in patients with autoimmune and immune-mediated inner ear disease."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on December 22, 2018

SOURCES:

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED)."

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease."

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association: "Descriptions of Diseases."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease: What Is Autoimmunity? How Is It Connected to Vestibular Disorders?"

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease."

The University of Texas Medical Branch: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED)."

Hear-It.org: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Cochlear Implants."

Immunotherapy : "Immunosuppressive therapy for autoimmune inner ear disease."

Frontiers in Pharmacology : "Immune system of the ear as a novel, therapeutic target for sensorineural hearing loss."

Otology & Neurology : "Cochlear implantation outcomes in patients with autoimmune and immune-mediated inner ear disease."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on December 22, 2018

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