A group of engineers working in Cambridge, Massachusetts-based non-profit research firm Draper have developed an innovative drug delivery device that could help reduce or completely reverse hearing loss.
The device, which is about the size of a golf ball and is operated by batteries, works by delivering medication directly into ear cavities.
Pharmaceutical companies and research groups have been making inroads into developing drugs that could help reverse hearing loss. However, there has been much concern that getting experimental drugs into the inner ear cavity would be a main challenge. This is where the Draper drug delivery device comes in. The device can be surgically inserted behind the ear, and would deliver controlled doses of drugs directly into the cochlea.
This drug delivery device is a groundbreaking invention that could help do something that has long been considered impossible -- reduce or reverse hearing loss through medication.