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Vagal Nerve Therapy Trial Recruiting Patients

An American clinical trial is being launched for Vagal Nerve Therapy for tinnitus. This is pretty exciting news (although the research thus far is limited). A summary below:
The new study uses a technique known as vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) that takes advantage of the brain’s ability to reconfigure itself (neuroplasticity). During the therapy, patients wear headphones and hear a series of single frequency tones, paired with stimulation to the vagus nerve, a large nerve that runs from the head and neck to the abdomen. When stimulated, the vagus nerve releases acetylcholine, norepinephrine, and other chemicals that encourage neuroplasticity.

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New AM-101 Drug for Tinnitus

One of the challenging things for patients who acutely develop tinnitus is the absence of therapeutic interventions available in the acute phase (i.e. shortly after a person develops tinnitus in a rapid fashion). Current theory surrounding the pathophysiology of tinnitus is that there is a “therapeutic window” in the acute term where the brain’s plasticity is still open to modification. Experiments have been done with N-acetylcysteine, for example, which was given to troops preventively in order to offset the excitotoxicity that causes hair cell death in the cochlea following acoustic trauma. However, after the acute phase, the brain seems to … Continue Reading

Cure for Tinnitus 2014

It’s definitely a headline-grabbing title: “Cure for Tinnitus 2014.” What are we talking about here, exactly? What kind of research is going on right now that could push us closer to a cure?

About a year ago I had an elective with a professor in Tinnitus research at McMaster University, and I asked him – if we could restore hearing to people with hearing loss induced tinnitus, would their tinnitus go away? And he answered in the affirmative. The restoration of normal auditory input should undo the maladaptive neuroplastic rewiring that causes the tinnitus in the first place. The problem – … Continue Reading

A Twentysomething Millenial With Tinnitus

As a young person who developed tinnitus at 23, I had few people who could relate to my condition. That’s why I’m so glad that people are willing to share their stories of illness. I really enjoyed the following story on XoJane:
My life as I knew it ended with a slosh. Way back in 2003, when I was a junior in college, I noticed a sloshing sound in my right ear. I decided to ignore it. This is rather shocking given my predisposition for always assuming the worst, but telling my parents and going to the doctor … Continue Reading

Tinnitus Talk Support Forum

I’m just going to come out right now and say it: Tinnitus Talk is the best tinnitus forum out there on the internet. Bar none. The level of discussion there, as well as the community and the quality of web site design, is superb. It’s a great resource and I recommend that anyone with tinnitus check it out. I wish it was around when I first had tinnitus. It’s just an absolutely great resource and a great community. Although we like to blog as much as possible on AudioNotch, a forum is a great resource for tinnitus news and research … Continue Reading

Sound Therapy Music

Is there such a thing as Sound Therapy Music for tinnitus? The term can be used interchangeably with “Notched Music,” “Notched Music Therapy,” and other terms. Originally discovered by Christo Pantev’s German lab, other experiments have shown efficacy with Notching other sounds as well, such as white noise.

To read an introductory article about Sound Therapy Music for tinnitus, click here.

To read an article about the evidence for Sound Therapy Music as a treatment for tinnitus, click here.

To read about the science behind Sound Therapy Music, click here.

To summarize: Sound Therapy Music takes a regular … Continue Reading

Tinnitus 2014

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Photocred: SciArt in America

“Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2014,” or “Tinnitus 2014,” for short, is an art installation by Daniel Fishkin. I learned about this art installation when I stumbled upon this blog post:
Daniel Fishkin, a Brooklyn-based sound artist, seeks a creative solution to tinnitus in lieu of a medical one. Tinnitus, a condition in which one perceives a continuous high-pitched ringing sound, has affected Fishkin since 2008. Physicians are unable to offer any effective treatment beyond “getting used to it,” yet this solution treats the problem far too lightly. … Continue Reading

TMS Tinnitus

TMS, as it is colloquially referred to (or Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, which is the proper term) has recently been investigated as a possible treatment avenue for tinnitus. A lot patients get excited about TMS & tinnitus, but the results have not been good. People are attracted to TMS because it’s noninvasive (basically just a magnet held over your head) and thus doesn’t really appear to have any significant complications with use. It’s been used in depression as well, and the logic is that you could target the affected region of the brain non-invasively. Unfortunately, a … Continue Reading

Tinnitus Treatment 2014

What are the tinnitus treatment options that are promising right now? It’s difficult to assess research findings before extensive clinical trials have come out, but I can point towards some areas of research in tinnitus treatment that are promising in 2014: I’ve blogged about them before:

In 2014, these are the tinnitus treatment options to look out for. As with any type of clinical research, progress … Continue Reading

Tinnitus Research 2014

Tinnitus Research 2014: what are some interesting new papers that have come out? When I’m writing the blog, I usually search the term “tinnitus” on google scholar and look for interesting papers that might be useful for our readers. Tinnitus is actually a very interesting research problem because it’s that nexus of a lot of work in neuroscience: the “bottom-up” approach of cellular neuroscience and the “top-down” approach of fMRI imaging, which visualizes blood flow to various large regions of the brain. People with tinnitus are constantly searching for promising new treatment avenues. I like to link to scientific papers … Continue Reading