First-ever gene therapy trial to cure form of deafness begins

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A world-first trial of a gene therapy to cure a form of deafness has begun, potentially heralding a revolution in the treatment of hearing loss.

Up to 18 children from the UK, Spain, and the US are being recruited to the study, which aims to transform treatment of auditory neuropathy, a condition caused by the disruption of nerve impulses traveling from the inner ear to the brain.

Participants will be monitored for five years to gauge whether their hearing improves, with initial results expected to be published next February.

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