Problems with Taste

Frequently Asked Questions

20. What research is being done on taste disorders?

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders supports basic and clinical studies on smell and taste disorders. This type of research is leading to a fuller understanding of how our sense of taste works and how we detect and taste sensations at the molecular level. Findings from this work may result in the development of medicines and artificial food products that will allow older adults with taste disorders to enjoy food again.

Also, scientists are working to discover why certain medications can have a harmful effect on our sense of taste. They hope to come up with treatments to help restore the sense of taste to people who have lost it. Possible solutions include medicines and artificial food products that will allow older adults with taste disorders to enjoy food again.