Discovering new diagnostic technologies and treatment for ear care, balance disorders, and tinnitus

What We Do

In partnership with Silverstein Institute, the Ear Research Foundation coordinates research and clinical studies to discover new diagnostic technologies and treatment for ear care, balance disorders, and tinnitus.


Current Research Studies

This is a project by Advanced Bionics enrolling patients who suffer from asymmetric sensorineural hearing loss, or severe hearing loss in one ear. The project involves undergoing a cochlear implant in the poorer hearing ear. People who suffer from the hearing loss in one ear have difficulty with communicating and localizing sounds.

Hopefully with this research, patients will have improvement in hearing and communication after the surgery. Cochlear implant is a device inserted into the inner ear to restore hearing in those with severe to profound hearing loss and have been primarily used in patients have been used for many years for hearing loss in one ear. This study is novel in that the implant is to be used in patients who still have serviceable hearing in their better hearing ear.

This study is designed to look at how benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) affects balance and stability, comparing the differences between people with and without diabetes or a history of migraines. This study investigates balance function with several tests and compares the results before and after treatment.  The purpose of this project is to learn more about how diabetes and migraines affect balance after BPPV is treated compared to patients without diabetes or a history of migraines. 

​The MAXUM implant is a surgical middle ear implant and hearing aid, which improves hearing in patients who are not candidates for a cochlear implant. This study is investigating using this MAXUM implant on the better hearing ear in patients who already have a cochlear implant for one ear.

​The CLEAR-1 study will evaluate whether the study drug, an antifungal solution given as an ear drop, is safe and effective for patients with otomycosis.

Tinnitus: Phase 2 Clinical Trial in patients with unilateral tinnitus

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If you qualify for any of our current studies, apply to participate using the form at the bottom of the page

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Completed Research Studies

Since 1979, over 250 Scientific Publications on treatments for hearing loss, Tinnitus and Meniere's Disease have been published. You can explore all Dr. Silverstein's scientific publications on ResearchGate and PubMed. 

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Hyperacusis is a hearing disorder that makes it hard to deal with everyday sounds. You might also hear it called sound or noise sensitivity.

“For so long I couldn’t do anything as simple as going out. Children playing, music, the sound of waves at the beach, the sound of my own voice — things that are supposed to make me happy made me flinch. After the surgery, I was looking out over the crowd and not believing that I was there laughing and talking like everyone else. It was surreal; I wasn’t in pain.”

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