Clinical Trials Recruiting Patients

Vestibular Research Studies

Below are clinical studies that are currently recruiting research study participants.

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Assessing the Efficacy of a Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor for Improving Meniere’s

Objective: Efficacy of venlafaxine in decreasing the number and severity of vertigo episodes and improving functional and QOL outcomes

Participant Information: We intend to recruit 40 patients with definite Meniere’s disease in one or both ears, who have two or more vertigo spells in the month prior to enrollment and at least a moderate disability score on the dizziness handicap inventory (DHI).Patients with the following will be excluded: other concurrent vestibular or balance disorder (especially those with vestibular migraine-related vertigo episodes despite not meeting diagnostic criteria for vestibular migraine); prior treatment with venlafaxine; history of medical (e.g., gentamicin) or surgical (e.g., labyrinthectomy) vestibular ablative treatment; history of otologic, lateral skull base, or brain surgery; history of radiation to the head or neck; known neurologic disorder affecting cognition; currently taking another serotonin modulating medication; seizures; stroke; myocardial infarction; hepatic or renal impairment; hyperlipidemia; coagulopathy; psychiatric disorder other than anxiety or depression; glaucoma; uncontrolled hypertension; and pregnancy or intention of pregnancy. Migraine itself is not an exclusion criteria.

This is a randomized, double-blind, crossover trial which will required a treatment group and a placebo group. After a screening period of one month during which they will keep a diary of each vertigo episode and follow a low salt diet and stop any potential interacting drugs as well as diuretics or betahistine (if they are not working). Patients on diuretics for high blood pressure can remain on them.

Subjects who have more than two episodes in that screening period will be offered enrollment and randomly assigned to two groups, one taking daily venlafaxineER 37.5 mg capsule and the other taking a daily placebo replica of venlafaxine manufactured by our university investigational drug services pharmacy. After two months, the subjects will wean off the drug or the placebo over a 2-week period. After a 4 week period called washout period, the study subjects will not be taking any medication. Following that, all subjects who were taking the venlafaxine will be switched by the investigative pharmacy to the placebo group and all the subjects taking the placebo will be placed on the venlafaxine for another two months. Total duration of the study from enrollment to conclusion is 5.5 months.

Subjects will be eligible to continue standard of care treatment at the conclusion of the study.

Study Status: Recruiting
Study Results Expected: Apr. 30, 2021
Sponsor: American Hearing Research Foundation
Collaborators: Medical University of South Carolina
Contact Info: Principal Investigator Habib Rizk MD. MSc
[email protected] or on 215.459.0435
Location: Charleston, South Carolina on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina (Rutledge Tower building)
NCT Number: NCT04218123

Vestibular Rehabilitation Utilizing Virtual Environments to Train Sensory Integration for Postural Control

Objective: Compare balance training in a novel virtual reality app to ‘standard’ vestibular balance training.

Participant Information: Eligibility: Adult patients (18 or older) with a clinical diagnosis of chronic (3 months and longer) unilateral peripheral vestibular hypofunction.
Number of participants: 28
Schedule: 2 assessment sessions, 8 intervention sessions (once per week), 1 post assessment session.
Procedure: balance assessment of 60-90 minutes; intervention will include vestibular rehabilitation with or without immersive virtual reality training (depending on randomization); repeat balance assessment.
Information gathered: demographics, medical history, self-reported questionnaires, functional balance tests, postural sway measures from force plate and head movement from virtual reality headset.
Expenses: None
Reimbursement: participants will receive a $20 gift card for each assessment (for a total of $60).

Study Status: Recruiting
Study Results Expected: Sep. 01, 2021
Sponsor: New York University Physical Therapy & New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
Collaborators: NIH REACT
Contact Info: Jennifer Kelly
Tel: 646-438-7868
Location: 380 2nd Ave, New York, NY
E-Mail: [email protected]

NCT Number: NCT04268745

Vestibular Migraine: Pathways to Diagnosis

Objective: Research suggests patients with vestibular migraine (VM) experience frequent misdiagnoses.

Participant Information: The participants will comprise a convenience sample of adult (>18yrs) patients with a self-report diagnosis of Vestibular Migraine. As a population based study, we desire to recruit as many as possible within the recruitment
channels available and within the 3-month time period. A prospective online survey will be administered to adults (>18y/o) who have a self-reported diagnosis of VM.
The expected time commitment per participant is 10-15 minutes.
The survey will be anonymous and will ask a series of questions such as; the time from symptom onset to diagnosis, how many health care visits/tests they underwent, how many different health care practitioners did they see until they got their diagnosis etc including demographics such as age, gender and country of residence.
Study Status: Recruiting, Access here.
Study Results Expected: May. 30, 2020 |
Sponsor: The University of Melbourne
Contact Info:
Donella Chisari
The University of Melbourne, Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology,
Parkville Victoria Australia 3050
Location: Worldwide, given study is online. Data collection (of online responses) and analysis will occur in Melbourne, Australia.
E-Mail: [email protected]

A New Diagnostic Test for Vestibular Dysfunction

Objective: Validate a novel method to measure the extent of loss of vestibular function.

Participant Information: We are recruiting a limited number of patients with either bilateral (both sides) or unilateral (one side) loss of vestibular function. Participants wear a pair of goggles and keep head in the upright position and then tilted to each shoulder for a few minutes. As part of this study you will also have vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP), a standard test used to evaluate vestibular function. You will be compensated for your time for participating in this study. Costs for parking at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center Garage will be covered.

Location: Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD.

Contact: Please email [email protected] or phone 410-955-3319 for more information or submitting medical records.

Safety, Tolerability and Efficacy for CGF166 in Patients with Biliateral Severe-to-Profound Hearing Loss

Purpose: The goal of the current study is to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and the potential ability of CGF166 delivered through IL-infusion to improve hearing and vestibular function. CGF166 is a recombinant adenovirus 5 (Ad5) vector containing a cDNA encoding the human Atonal transcription factor (Hath1).

Location: Kansas City, KS; Baltimore, MD; New York, NY. Read more

Why Is Vision Stable During Walking?

Purpose: Objective:To identify a novel and practical means of assessing vestibular function during a functional task

Participant Information:13 Individuals with vestibulopathy (bilateral vestibular loss) and 13 healthy individuals are being recruited for this study.

Walking portions of this study (~1 hour including set up) will be conducted at the gait and motion analysis lab at Kennedy Kreiger Institute and the portion of the study involving sitting on a motion platform (~2.5 hours) will be conducted in room 710 in the Ross Building.  Any vestibular function testing will be conducted in The Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, Department of Otolaryngology.

For participating in this study you will be compensated $50.  Costs for parking at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center Garage will be covered.

Location: Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD. Email [email protected] or phone (410) 564-7828 for more information.

Genetic Analysis of Hereditary Disorders of Hearing & Balance

Purpose: To identify the genetic causes of hereditary hearing loss or balance disorders.

Location: Bethesda, MD. Read more

Clinical & Molecular Analysis of Enlarged Vestibular Aqueducts

Purpose: To identify and understand the genetic factors that lead to enlarged vestibular aqueducts

Location: Bethesda, MD. Read more