After 3 clinical trials, Neuromod’s Lenire receives FDA approval to treat tinnitus

Neuromod Devices Ltd announces that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted De Novo approval to Lenire, reportedly the first bimodal neuromodulation device of its kind to be approved by the FDA for the treatment of tinnitus.

“Lenire’s approval not only means that millions of Americans living with tinnitus can get the treatment they need but further validates over a decade of research and development that resulted in a safe solution that provides relief for tinnitus patients. Lenire is the first bimodal neuromodulation device to go through the rigors of the FDA’s De Novo process. For patients that are at least moderately impacted by their tinnitus, Lenire has now been shown to be more effective than sound therapy, which is one of the current clinical standards of treatment”, Ross O’Neill, Neuromod Devices’ Founding CEO commented.

Ross O’Neill, CEO,
Neuromod Devices

The FDA’s De Novo approval is based on the success of Lenire’s third large-scale clinical trial, TENT-A3, supported by evidence from 204 patients, according to the company. Over the entire trial, 79.4% of the patients experienced a clinically significant improvement, 82.4% were compliant to bimodal treatment, and 88.6% responded that they would recommend Lenire as a tinnitus treatment. The TENT-A3 primary endpoint analysis reportedly showed that patients who were at least moderately bothered by tinnitus, which includes patients in the moderate, severe and catastrophic categories as defined by the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), achieved a clinically meaningful improvement in tinnitus following the bimodal treatment phase of the trial. The analysis showed that this patient group was more likely to achieve a clinically meaningful improvement using Lenire’s bimodal sound and tongue stimulation than sound therapy alone. TENT-A3 also demonstrated that Lenire is inherently safe with zero serious adverse events, company leaders shared.

TENT-A3 was a controlled clinical trial, reportedly designed by Neuromod to meet the FDA’s requirements, that compared the effects of 6 weeks of bimodal neuromodulation with 6 weeks of sound therapy alone. The trial was conducted at three independent sites from March to October 2022 with 112 enrolled participants. The De Novo approval of Lenire is significant as it acknowledges Lenire as a technological and clinical pioneer for tinnitus treatment, the company shared. This approval reportedly establishes a new regulatory category for medical devices in the US.

“With this FDA approval of the Lenire device, it will provide me and tinnitus specialists across the US with an exciting new tinnitus treatment option for our clinical toolbox”, explained Jason Leyendecker, AuD, a tinnitus specialist and owner of the Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic in Minnesota, and former President of the Minnesota Academy of Audiology and President Elect of Academy of Doctors of Audiology. “Many tinnitus patients are not availing of currently available options, such as hearing aids and counseling, and success with these options is varied. What is especially encouraging about this new bimodal treatment is that it can deliver clinical benefits in as short as 6 weeks of treatment, which can greatly improve our capacity issues since more patients can be helped in a shorter period of time”.

The TENT-A3 trial reportedly builds upon the success of two previous clinical trials that included more than 500 patients. TENT-A1 is said to be one of the largest and longest followed-up clinical trials ever conducted in the tinnitus field. The study was the cover story for the scientific journal Science–Translational Medicine in October 2020. TENT-A1 was a double-blind randomized trial involving 326 patients who were evaluated over a 12-week treatment period and a 12-month post-treatment phase. It was disclosed that 86.2% of those who completed the 12 weeks of treatment reported improvement in their tinnitus severity. These therapeutic improvements continued for 12 months after cessation of treatment. 83.7% of patients were treatment compliant and there were zero serious adverse events in the trial.

The results of Lenire’s second large-scale clinical trial, TENT-A2, was published in the journal NatureScientific Reports. The findings of this 192-patient double-blind randomized trial showed that changing stimuli midway through treatment enhanced the effectiveness of bimodal neuromodulation. 95% of patients that completed 12 weeks of treatment reported improvement in their tinnitus severity. These therapeutic effects were sustained up to 12 months after treatment ended. 83.8% of patients were treatment compliant and there were zero serious adverse events in the trial.

“What is most remarkable is the consistency of the efficacy, safety and compliance data across our TENT-A1, TENT-A2 and TENT-A3 clinical trials. Taken together, we have demonstrated the effectiveness and inherent safety of Lenire in over 600 clinical trial patients. De Novo approval from the FDA is another significant achievement in what has been an exciting journey for our bimodal stimulation technology”, explained Dr Hubert Lim, Chief Scientific Officer at Neuromod Devices.

According to the company, patients with tinnitus are prescribed Lenire by an appropriately qualified healthcare professional, such as an Audiologist or ENT Surgeon, after an assessment for suitability and can complete treatment from home in between follow-up appointments with their clinician.

“FDA approval of the Lenire Tinnitus Treatment System is a quantum leap forward in the caring of patients with bothersome tinnitus. The otolaryngologist now has access to innovative Lenire technology and can prescribe it to patients who are at least moderately impacted by their tinnitus. The majority of these tinnitus patients are either inadequately relieved or are opting not to pursue existing options, such as hearing aids. These patients can now move forward with this impressive treatment system”, expressed Dr Steven W Cheung, who is a Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University in San Francisco, and staff otorhinolaryngologist at the Veterans Affairs San Francisco Healthcare System.

Following the FDA’s granting of approval, Neuromod will train Audiologists and ENT Surgeons specializing in tinnitus care with the intention of treating the first tinnitus patients based in the US as soon as April 2023.

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