Future Direction in Therapy

Physicians and scientists at the House Clinic and House Ear Institute in Los Angeles are at the forefront of cutting edge research in hearing science and the biology of acoustic neuromas. Research is also ongoing in novel treatment strategies for other tumors that affect the base of the skull. Patients are involved in clinical trials of neuro-protective agents which are being studied for their effectiveness at improving hearing preservation, as well as, facial nerve function after surgery for acoustic neuromas.

Scientists at the House Clinic and Institute are studying schwannoma cells (the tumor sells in acoustic neuromas) in an effort to develop gene therapy protocols. This genetic approach will likely take many years to develop, but certainly has promise.