Oklahoma-Developed Drug Closer To Being Approved To Repair Hearing Loss

Tuesday, February 11th 2020, 12:25 pm
By: Clayton Cummins

A new pill being developed in Oklahoma could help repair hearing loss, even eliminate the use of hearing aids all together.

Dr. Rick Kopke and his team at Oklahoma City's Hough Ear Institute have been developing on the drug over half a decade now. It’s a drug slowly proving to fix even ringing in the ear.

“We’ve been working on a pill that can be taken shortly after a loud noise exposure or a blast injury to decrease the permeate hearing loss that might ensure,” said Kopke. “It looks like it can even regenerate the delicate nerve endings for hearing and restore some hearing.”

It's only right the pill is being developed in the Sooner State. Home to many military bases, it could be revolutionary for service men and women.

“Our hope is that this will be valuable for the military, people in combat, especially that don't have time to put their ear plugs in,” said Kopke. “They can take this pill and have less hearing damage from noise.”

Countless donors have helped raised nearly $20 million so far to help make the drug, temporarily named "NHPN-1010," a possibility.

“If all goes well, were looking to have this on the market in mid-2020 so about five years down the road if everything goes well,” said Kopke.

The public will be able to participate in clinical trials.

The Hough Ear Institute will make announcements on its website after the drug makes it out of phase two testing, in about a year.