Swimmer’s Ear Study – 2012

2012 swimmer's ear clinical trial

Do you feel big pain, itching or swelling in your ear? You may have swimmer’s ear.

The ENT Center is currently conducting a research study evaluating the safety and effectiveness of investigational antibiotic drops for swimmer’s ear. Call 801-328-2522 today to see if you qualify for the SPLASH research study. Eligible participants will receive at no cost:

  • Priority appointment with a Utah Ear, Nose & Throat doctor
  • Study-related ear evaluations and assessments
  • Investigational medications
  • Follow-up exams
  • Reimbursement for time and travel spent for scheduled office visits

What is Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear (also referred to as actue otitis externa or AOE) is a common and painful ear infection. People often develop swimmer’s ear within a few days after swimming. But it can also occur from the use of cotton-tipped swabs, excessive moisture from showering, earplugs or headphones as well as inflammation from allergies, infections or skin conditions.

CONTACT HOLLY FEATHERSTONE AT 801-328-2522 TO LEARN ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN THE STUDY

Purpose of the Splash Swimmer’s Ear Study:

The Splash Swimmer’s Ear study is testing the safety and effectiveness of investigational antibiotic drops for swimmer’s ear.

Swimmer’s Ear Study Details

Study participants must meet the following requirements:

    • At least 6 months or older
    • Have symptoms of swimmer’s ear such as pain, itching, redness and/or swelling

Duration of Study

The study lasts two weeks. There are four scheduled office visits during the 2-week study period. Eligible participants will receive (at no cost):

  • Priority appointment with an ENT doctor
  • Ear evaluations and assessments
  • Study medications
  • Follow-up exams
  • Reimbursement for time and travel spent for scheduled office visits

Treatment Options During and Following Study

The Splash Swimmer’s Ear study is testing the safety and effectiveness of investigational antibiotic drops for swimmer’s ear. However, if the drops don’t work, study participants will be offered an approved antibiotic at no cost.

Protecting Study Participants

Your privacy is our priority. Researchers and study administrators must follow strict rules to protect the safety of study participants. Participation is voluntary and a participant may withdraw, or a parent/guardian may decide to withdraw their child from the study at any time, for any reason.

Contact Holly Featherstone with Questions

If you have questions about the investigational medication or about the study in general, please contact Holly Featherstone at 801-328-2522. She will be happy to answer your questions.

Learn About Clinical Trials

Medical research stories and clinical trials are a scientific way to test new investigational medicines, procedures and treatments for specific conditions. Read our article What is a Clinical Trial to learn more about how you can participate in clinical trials.

See: Current Ear, Nose and Throat Center Clinical Trials

Read: 5 Facts about Swimmer’s Ear You Need to Know

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