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Nerve stimulation and repetitive sounds help improve hearing

Combining seizure-preventing electrical stimulation with repetitive musical tones improves processing of sounds in the brain, according to new research. The discovery may provide relief for chronic ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and aid communication skills in people with autism. The first-of-its-kind study, published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurophysiology (JNP), was chosen as an APS select article for August.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:13 UTC

Facing the fear of hearing loss with Meniere’s and tinnitus

Meniere's disease carries the constant threat of hearing loss. How do you overcome the fear and learn to accept what you can't always control?

Source: Healthy Hearing
Published: Mon, 05 Aug 2019 07:00 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

Tinnitus and meditation: A success story

As a longtime sufferer of tinnitus, meditation changed everything for me. And if you are suffering from tinnitus, I believe it could possibly change everything for you, too.

Source: Healthy Hearing
Published: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 07:00 UTC

Neuroinflammation mediates noise-induced synaptic imbalance and tinnitus in rodent models

by Weihua Wang, Li. S. Zhang, Alexander K. Zinsmaier, Genevieve Patterson, Emily Jean Leptich, Savannah L. Shoemaker, Tatiana A. Yatskievych, Robert Gibboni, Edward Pace, Hao Luo, Jinsheng Zhang, Sungchil Yang, Shaowen Bao
Hearing loss is a major risk factor for tinnitus, hyperacusis, and central auditory processing disorder. Although recent studies indicate that hearing loss causes neuroinflammation in the auditory pathway, the mechanisms underlying hearing loss–related pathologies are still ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:00 UTC

Episode 12: Building Skills in Mindfulness to Manage Tinnitus

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Jennifer Gans, PhD
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

Episode 11: Habituation to Tinnitus Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Bruce Hubbard, PhD
TOPIC: For more than 20 years, Dr. Bruce Hubbard has helped people improve their lives using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and relational therapy strategies. He explains how CBT, acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness are applied to treatment of tinnitus and what patients should expect. As someone with tinnitus, Dr. Hubbard offers a unique perspective on the challenges and process of habituation, as well as the importance of ...

Source: American Tinnitus Association
Published: Wed, 15 May 2019 16:20 UTC

Individual knock out of glycine receptor alpha subunits identifies a specific requirement of glra1 for motor function in zebrafish

by Eric Samarut, Domitille Chalopin, Raphaëlle Riché, Marc Allard, Meijiang Liao, Pierre Drapeau
Glycine receptors (GlyRs) are ligand-gated chloride channels mediating inhibitory neurotransmission in the brain stem and spinal cord. They function as pentamers composed of alpha and beta subunits for which 5 genes have been identified in human (GLRA1, GLRA2, GLRA3, GLRA4, GLRB). Several in vitro studies showed that the pentameric subtype composition as well as its stoichiometry influence the ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Thu, 02 May 2019 23:00 UTC

New online, sound matching tool offers tinnitus sufferers potential treatment options

A tea kettle, buzzing cicada or screeching noise? Tinnitus suffers are being invited to use a new online, sound matching tool to help better understand their type of tinnitus and the potential treatments that might be able to help them.

Source: News-Medical.Net
Published: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:44 UTC

Discovery of new neurons in the inner ear can lead to new therapies for hearing disorders

Researchers have identified four types of neurons in the peripheral auditory system, three of which are new to science. The analysis of these cells can lead to new therapies for various kinds of hearing disorders, such as tinnitus and age-related hearing loss.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 10:13 UTC