Sheffield tinnitus sufferers sought for pioneering drug study

Professor Jaydip Ray undertakes an ear scan at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital
Professor Jaydip Ray undertakes an ear scan at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital
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People in Sheffield with tinnitus have the chance to try a new drug designed to reduce symptoms of the ear condition.

A clinical study into new drug AUT00063 is being run by a Sheffield surgeon and patients are being sought to try the new pill, which has already been tested on healthy volunteers to show it is safe.

It is hoped the drug can reduce the symptoms of the common condition, which causes continuous buzzing, ringing or humming sounds for sufferers.

Professor Jaydip Ray, consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who is co-ordinating the study, said: “This is a very exciting development in our quest to find a medical cure for this distressing condition. I am delighted Sheffield is playing a leading role in the fight against this painful and frustrating condition.”

During the trial patients will receive the AUT00063 drug for a period of four weeks. The trial will mainly focus on people whose tinnitus may be associated with hearing loss due to noise exposure or ageing.

David Stockdale, chief executive of the Sheffield-based British Tinnitus Association, the UK charity dedicated to tinnitus sufferers, said: “We are delighted to support this trial moving into its next phase and will be monitoring progress closely.”

For more information about the study call 0114 2713339 or email lema.vernon@sth.nhs.uk.