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Effective tinnitus drugs could be on the market by 2020, according to a report in The Daily Mail.¬†Five drugs are already in the final stages of testing in the UK. Here’s hoping they’ll be available in the US.

The charity Action on Hearing Loss said that with five drugs already in the final stages of clinical testing and a further 13 in the early stages of clinical development, it expects the first new products to be approved and on the market by 2020.

[…] Although not a killer, the charity said hearing problems can have huge personal and social costs and currently available treatments are largely limited to hearing aids and cochlear implants.

It said new drugs could help alleviate some types of tinnitus, reduce hearing loss associated with loud noise exposure, middle ear infections and counter specific anti-cancer drugs that cause hearing loss.