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The Power of Cooling in Inner Ear Surgery

RestorEar's collaborators are at the forefront of research related to the power of cooling in inner ear surgeries. Read below to to learn about how mild cooling delivered directly to the inner ear reduces inflammation associated with residual hearing loss during cochlear implant surgeries.

Cochlear implants have long been used to benefit patients with severe hearing loss. However, the procedure itself can damage residual acoustic hearing by leading to inflammation, which destroys hearing cells called cilia.

Our research partners studied the safety and efficacy of delivering mild therapeutic hypothermia directly to the inner ear (cochlea) during surgery using a cooling probe to reduce inflammation and preserve residual hearing. Cooling during surgery was shown to be safe and effective at reducing inflammation. Cooling also decreased the activation of damaging inflammatory activities in the inner ear.


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