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Tinnitus Desperation

What Can Cause Tinnitus?

Anyone dealing with constant ringing and clanging noises in their ears will have tinnitus desperation that leads to visiting multiple physicians for medical treatments. No one knows exactly what causes tinnitus symptoms, but many medical experts have theories concerning the condition. In many cases, a physician determines that a patient developed tinnitus due to exposure to a loud blasting noise such as an explosion. Alternatively, patients may develop the misperception to noises after many years of working in a factory near noisy machines. Occasionally, the condition develops in an older individual because of attending loud music concerts … Continue Reading

Tinnitus and Vagus Nerve

Here’s an overview of our posts on vagal nerve stimulation for tinnitus as a therapy:

New tinnitus treatments 2014

Tinnitus is another name for a constant ringing in the ears. While the severity of the ringing will vary, one out of every five people is thought to suffer from tinnitus. However, it is not a condition itself. Tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying condition, such as a disorder of the circulatory system, an injury to the ear or loss of hearing related to old age. Whatever the reason for tinnitus, it can completely ruin a person’s quality of life, preventing them from sleeping or concentrating on important tasks. Fortunately, there are two exciting new tinnitus treatments 2014 that … Continue Reading

A musical composer copes with tinnitus through art

Tinnitus can be an extremely debilitating affliction. Sometimes people are devastated by the illness. Take, for example, the story of one young composer by the name of Fishkin, who was unable to continue in his field of work because of tinnitus. Creating an art show that incorporates sounds reminiscent of tinnitus was one way that this young man was able to cope. Indeed, much of the world’s finest art is borne of suffering. Read about the story here:
The condition of tinnitus, in its most common form, creates a sound that is totally subjective, a frequency that can only ever … Continue Reading

Tinnitus Frequency Most Common Hz

Tinnitus, a chronic ringing in the ears, can be extremely frustrating for its victims. While some people are not negatively affected by this issue, others have serious problems. Anxiety, disrupted sleep patterns, and inability to concentrate are only a few of the issues experienced by those with tinnitus. It’s a medical condition that has no cure. Surgery and medication cannot relieve the problem. The best outcome that patients can expect is tinnitus habituation therapy. It is interesting to note that many will experience tinnitus frequency most common Hz.

Tinnitus Strikes Many at the Same Frequency
When research has been conducted, the majority … Continue Reading

Can an old drug (D-cycloserine) reduce the cognitive side effects of tinnitus?

Extremely interesting new research indicates that some tinnitus patients found a subjective improvement in their cognition when they took D-cycloserine:

People with tinnitus perceive ringing in their ears and this phantom noise can cause difficulty concentrating.

A new noise doesn’t make the perceived noise go away—but it does seem to help patients cope with it in their daily lives.

A pilot study shows that patients participating in computer-based cognitive training and taking a drug called d-cycloserine report greater improvements in the ability to go about their daily lives than patients who did … Continue Reading

Another NMDA receptor antagonist for tinnitus is in clinical trials

We’ve posted about another drug called AM-101 that acts in the same fashion, and here’s a new one:
Ear disease-focused firm Otonomy has entered an agreement with Ipsenallowing Otonomy to use Ipsen’s gacyclidine data in the development and registration of OTO-311, Otonomy’s sustained-exposure formulation of gacyclidine in development for the treatment of tinnitus. Gacyclidine is an N-Methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist; according to Otonomy, clinical studies show NMDA receptor antagonists could be used to treat the ear disorder.

Tinnitus may only be curable in an initial 6 week window

New research on animal models indicates that a commonly used drug, Furosemide, may be effective in treating tinnitus:

Six-week treatment window

Mulders’ research suggests furosemide is only therapeutically effective in the first six weeks after hearing loss, when auditory neurons appear hyper-excitable.

“There is possibly a therapeutic window for people with early onset tinnitus who might respond to treatment that affects the spontaneous firing rate of the auditory nerve,” Mulders said.

Mulders conducted the research using her well-established experimental animal model for tinnitus research, which involved guinea pigs deafened on one side.

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AudioNotch Testimonial

A user by the name of Anthony sent us this e-mail recently:
Hi all, just want you to know that I have been treating (listening) to your notched white noise now for about 13 months, its only been in the last month that I am having more than 1 T free day a week, in the last 2 weeks Im experiencing 2-3-4 days in a row literally T free. When the T reappears I then listen again for what could be 30 mins and on waking the next day its all but gone again. I have noticed that its always … Continue Reading

Maladaptive Plasticity

 

For centuries, the medical community was under the assumption that once the brain matured, the number of neurons and pathways between these delicate connections were permanent. However, beginning in the 1950s, the theory of neuroplasticity emerged. This theory suggested that among the approximately 100 billion nerve cells that comprise the brain tissue known as grey matter, new communication pathways are constantly evolving and changing. Researchers would later discover that this development was especially important in the event of disease processes, illness or injury.

Maladaptive Plasticity

Eventually, scientists learned that plasticity occurs anywhere in the brain. Different types of plasticity take place as … Continue Reading