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Pharmacologic and surgical therapies for patients with Meniere’s disease: A systematic review and network meta-analysis

by Nadera Ahmadzai, Wei Cheng, Shaun Kilty, Leila Esmaeilisaraji, Dianna Wolfe, James Bonaparte, David Schramm, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Vincent Lin, Becky Skidmore, Brian Hutton
Background Meniere’s disease (MD) is a chronic condition of the inner ear consisting of symptoms that include vertigo attacks, fluctuating sensorineural hearing loss, tinnitus and aural fullness. Despite availability of various interventions, there is uncertainty surrounding their relative efficacy, thus making it difficult ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Tue, 01 Sep 2020 23:00 UTC

Improved measurement of tinnitus severity: Study of the dimensionality and reliability of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory

by Elzbieta Gos, Adam Sagan, Piotr H. Skarzynski, Henryk Skarzynski
Objective The Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) is widely used in clinical practice and research as a three-dimensional measure of tinnitus severity. Despite extensive use, its factor structure remains unclear. Furthermore, THI can be considered a reliable measure only if Cronbach’s alpha coefficient and Classical Test Theory is used. The more modern and robust Item Response Theory (IRT) has so far not been used to psychometrically ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Tue, 25 Aug 2020 23:00 UTC

COVID-19 and hearing loss: What we know

Does the coronavirus cause hearing loss or tinnitus? Learn about what experts have found so far on the relationship between COVID-19 and hearing problems.

Source: Healthy Hearing
Published: Wed, 19 Aug 2020 07:00 UTC

5 more strategies for managing tinnitus during the pandemic

Is the stress from the seemingly never-ending pandemic causing your tinnitus to flare up? You're not alone. Tinnitus sufferer and expert Glenn Schweitzer shares more advice on how to adjust to the stressful state of the world.

Source: Healthy Hearing
Published: Mon, 17 Aug 2020 07:00 UTC

NEOMED researcher receives federal grant to produce first human tinnitus treatment

Northeast Ohio Medical University researcher and professor of anatomy and neurobiology Jianxin Bao, Ph.D., has received a large federal grant to produce the first human treatment for tinnitus, a disruptive hearing impairment marked by the perception of ringing or buzzing in one or both ears.

Source: News-Medical.Net
Published: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 22:13 UTC

Tinnitus: Scale of hearing damage for music industry workers revealed

Hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing, buzzing or whistling noises in the absence of any external sounds) are serious problems for music industry workers. The conditions can affect musical standards, limit employment and damage general wellbeing. Yet music industry workers' susceptibility to hearing problems is not well understood, as it can take years before the damage becomes severe enough to be detected by conventional tests and many people in the industry don't get their hearing tested.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Thu, 21 Nov 2019 05:52 UTC

Deep brain stimulation for refractory severe tinnitus

Researchers from the University of California San Francisco and Veterans Affairs Health Care System, San Francisco investigated the safety and efficacy of deep brain stimulation in the treatment of refractory severe tinnitus in a small group of patients. They found the procedure to be safe and the results to be encouraging. Detailed findings are found in the article, "Phase I trial of caudate deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant tinnitus," by Steven W. Cheung, M.D., and colleagues, published ...

Source: Medical Express
Published: Tue, 24 Sep 2019 05:15 UTC

Podcast 13: Understanding Preferences for Loud Music

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Elizabeth Beach, PhD TOPIC: Dr. Elizabeth Beach discusses large-scale research that reveals why clubs, bar, and music venues are playing music at higher volumes than what most people prefer. And while it might seem easy to raise awareness that results in quieter recreational music venues, Beach says it’s complicated, so safe listening initiatives require support at various levels to achieve change. As head of the Behavioral Sciences Department at the National Acoustics ...

Source: American Tinnitus Association
Published: Thu, 12 Sep 2019 17:27 UTC

Parents' mental illness increases suicide risk in adults with tinnitus, hyperacusis

A study is the first to examine the relationship between parental mental illness like anxiety and depression in childhood and the risk of suicide and self-harm in adults who suffer from tinnitus, noise or ringing in the ears, and hyperacusis, extreme sensitivity to noise. Results show that among patients seeking help for these debilitating hearing disorders, poor mental health in their parents was associated with suicide and self-harm risks across the life span in addition to their own current depression ...

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 12:22 UTC

Episode 12: Building Skills in Mindfulness to Manage Tinnitus

TOPIC: Jennifer Gans, PhD and licensed psychologist, launched the Mindfulness-Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction (MBTSR) program to teach mindfulness meditation skills to people bothered by chronic tinnitus. With practice, Gans contends that bothersome tinnitus can be addressed effectively, opening the door to a renewed sense of hope and empowerment. She also discusses research that explains how mindfulness meditation strengthens the brain’s ability to respond ...

Source: American Tinnitus Association
Published: Fri, 31 May 2019 04:00 UTC

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