I did a quick Internet search and found that there do seem to be some clinical trials for stem cell use in hearing loss in progress or soon to start in the United States. The news is exciting, but anyone who is considering participating in a clinical trial needs to be very careful about what they will face. The nature of the agency carrying out the clinical trial, approval of the trial by a federal agency such as the FDA, the procedures being used, and any risks involved need to be considered very carefully. Also, it’s important that the person discusses participation in the trial with their doctor and audiologist.
Stem cell treatment offers hope for many medical problems. Unfortunately, some people are making unproven claims about the abilities of the cells and providing useless and perhaps unsafe treatments. If someone decides to participate in a clinical trial, they must make certain that they participate in one that is approved by a health regulation agency run by the government of their country.