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Recruiting and retaining participants in e-Delphi surveys for core outcome set development: Evaluating the COMiT'ID study

by Deborah Ann Hall, Harriet Smith, Eithne Heffernan, Kathryn Fackrell, for the Core Outcome Measures in Tinnitus International Delphi (COMiT’ID) Research Steering Group
Background A Core Outcome Set (COS) is an agreed list of outcomes that are measured and reported in all clinical trials for a particular health condition. An ‘e-Delphi’ is an increasingly popular method for developing a COS whereby stakeholders are consulted via a multi-round online survey to reach agreement regarding the most ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Mon, 30 Jul 2018 23:00 UTC

Episode 7: Breakthrough Using Multisensory Stimulation to Reduce Tinnitus

After 20 years of painstaking research, Dr. Shore made national headlines this year with groundbreaking research results that showed positive effects in tinnitus treatment using bimodal stimulation. She heads the team of researchers at the University of Michigan, where it was discovered that “touch”-sensitive (somatosensory) neurons in the auditory region of the brain become hyperactive and synchronized with each other in guinea pigs and humans with tinnitus. ...

Source: American Tinnitus Association
Published: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:02 UTC

Mindfulness-based approach could improve treatment for people with tinnitus

New UK research has found that a new mindfulness-based approach to tinnitus could transform the treatment of the condition.

Source: News-Medical.Net
Published: Mon, 02 Jul 2018 19:06 UTC

Mindfulness is key to tinnitus relief research reveals

New studies suggest mindfulness-based CBT could significantly help tinnitus sufferers.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Mon, 02 Jul 2018 11:41 UTC

Three experts from The Tinnitus Clinic contribute to major review on pulsatile tinnitus

Three specialists from the leading provider of tinnitus treatments in the UK have joined experts from Whipps Cross University Hospital to deliver a paper on the causes, assessment, and management of a less common but more troublesome form of the condition.

Source: News-Medical.Net
Published: Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:04 UTC

Episode 6: Mapping Tinnitus in the Brain

Dr. Phillip Gander discusses his groundbreaking research mapping tinnitus in the brain during two different craniotomies. His research has added clarity to fMRI studies and theories on the different networks of brain that process the phantom sound/s of tinnitus. In addition to sharing unexpected things that happened during the research conducted while the patients were awake, he touches on how future research might be designed to track and compare changes in the brain of subjects with tinnitus, which could ...

Source: American Tinnitus Association
Published: Mon, 11 Jun 2018 21:24 UTC

Association of ocular, cardiovascular, morphometric and lifestyle parameters with retinal nerve fibre layer thickness

by Julia Lamparter, Irene Schmidtmann, Alexander K. Schuster, Angeliki Siouli, Joanna Wasielica-Poslednik, Alireza Mirshahi, René Höhn, Josef Unterrainer, Philipp S. Wild, Harald Binder, Karl Lackner, Manfred E. Beutel, Thomas Münzel, Norbert Pfeiffer, Esther M. Hoffmann
Background Glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disease, leading to thinning of the retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL). The exact influence of ocular, cardiovascular, morphometric, lifestyle and cognitive factors on RNFL thickness (RNFLT) ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Tue, 22 May 2018 23:00 UTC

A qualitative study of implementation and adaptations to Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM) delivery

by Anaïs Tuepker, Christine Elnitsky, Summer Newell, Tara Zaugg, James A. Henry
Background Tinnitus is a common condition, especially prevalent among military Veterans. Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM) is an interdisciplinary, structured, stepped-care approach to providing clinical services, including teaching coping skills, to people bothered by tinnitus. PTM has been shown to be effective at reducing functional distress, but implementation of the intervention outside of a research setting has ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Wed, 16 May 2018 23:00 UTC

Iowa '17 Presentation 2: Visual Snow and its Relationship to Tinnitus

Matthew Renze is data science consultant, author, and international public speaker, who also lives with a little-known condition called Visual Snow Syndrome, which often includes tinnitus. To shed light on the condition and raise research interest in it, Renze speaks at medical conferences, writes articles for peer-reviewed journals, and creates online videos to help others with Visual Snow Syndrome. The learn more about how Renze manages his condition and controls his tinnitus, watch his 20-minute ...

Source: American Tinnitus Association
Published: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:57 UTC

Early life stress impacts how the sensory systems develop, review shows

Life needs stimulation. However, overstimulation can cause exhaustion and illness. During specific sensitive periods early in life, stress can even affect later mental health.

Source: News-Medical.Net
Published: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 03:00 UTC

Scientists reveal novel approach to restoration of hearing

Hearing loss is a common affliction associated with advancing age and exposure to very loud noises, affecting two-thirds of adults over age 70.

Source: News-Medical.Net
Published: Thu, 05 Apr 2018 04:02 UTC

FDA-approved drug for chemical abortion shows promise for treatment of vestibular schwannoma

Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers have shown that mifepristone, a drug currently FDA-approved for chemical abortion, prevents the growth of vestibular schwannoma cells. This sometimes-lethal intracranial tumor typically causes hearing loss and tinnitus

Source: News-Medical.Net
Published: Tue, 03 Apr 2018 20:57 UTC

Audiologist urges tinnitus sufferers facing 'revolving door healthcare' to seek support

An audiologist from the UK’s leading tinnitus clinic is urging sufferers to seek support after a study has revealed considerable regional variation in tinnitus service provision across the UK, particularly in the availability of psychological treatments.

Source: News-Medical.Net
Published: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:37 UTC

WFS1 mutation screening in a large series of Japanese hearing loss patients: Massively parallel DNA sequencing-based analysis

by Masafumi Kobayashi, Maiko Miyagawa, Shin-ya Nishio, Hideaki Moteki, Taro Fujikawa, Kenji Ohyama, Hirofumi Sakaguchi, Ikuyo Miyanohara, Akiko Sugaya, Yasushi Naito, Shin-ya Morita, Yukihiko Kanda, Masahiro Takahashi, Kotaro Ishikawa, Yuki Nagano, Tetsuya Tono, Chie Oshikawa, Chiharu Kihara, Haruo Takahashi, Yoshihiro Noguchi, Shin-ichi Usami
A heterozygous mutation in the Wolfram syndrome type 1 gene (WFS1) causes autosomal dominant nonsyndromic hereditary hearing loss, DFNA6/14/38, or ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 22:00 UTC

Iowa ’17 Presentation 1: The Effectiveness of Hyperacusis Treatments

As a Diamond Sponsor of The International Conference on Management of the Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Patient, the ATA is pleased to feature recordings of prominent experts in the fields of tinnitus research and treatment. The annual conference, which celebrated its 25th year under the direction of its founder, Dr. Richard Tyler, provides clinicians and patients with tinnitus and/or hyperacusis the opportunity to learn about current research and trends in care.
The 2017 keynote address was given by Dr. ...

Source: American Tinnitus Association
Published: Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:05 UTC

Association between temporomandibular disorders, chronic diseases, and ophthalmologic and otolaryngologic disorders in Korean adults: A cross-sectional study

by Hyun-Seop Song, Joon-Shik Shin, Jinho Lee, Yoon Jae Lee, Me-riong Kim, Jae-Heung Cho, Koh-Woon Kim, Yeoncheol Park, Hyun Jin Song, Sun-Young Park, Seoyoun Kim, Mia Kim, In-Hyuk Ha
Introduction Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are common musculoskeletal conditions in the maxillofacial area. Although strong relationships between TMDs and other pain and diseases exist, few studies have comprehensively assessed the association between chronic diseases, ophthalmologic and otolaryngologic disorders ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Wed, 31 Jan 2018 23:00 UTC

The diagnostic performance of a novel ELISA for human CTP (Cochlin-tomoprotein) to detect perilymph leakage

by Tetsuo Ikezono, Tomohiro Matsumura, Han Matsuda, Satomi Shikaze, Shiho Saitoh, Susumu Shindo, Setsuo Hasegawa, Seung Ha Oh, Yoshiaki Hagiwara, Yasuo Ogawa, Hiroshi Ogawa, Hiroaki Sato, Tetsuya Tono, Ryuichiro Araki, Yukihide Maeda, Shin-ichi Usami, Yasuhiro Kase
Perilymphatic fistula is defined as an abnormal communication between the perilymph-filled space and the middle ear, or cranial spaces. The manifestations include a broad spectrum of neuro-otological symptoms such as hearing loss, ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Mon, 29 Jan 2018 23:00 UTC

Korean survey data reveals an association of chronic laryngitis with tinnitus in men

by Myung Jin Ban, Won Shik Kim, Ki Nam Park, Jae Wook Kim, Seung Won Lee, Kyungdo Han, Jae Won Chang, Hyung Kwon Byeon, Yoon Woo Koh, Jae Hong Park
The association between chronic laryngitis and tinnitus is not a well-studied topic, unlike the association of these two conditions with many other disorders. Cross-sectional data of 11,347 adults (males: 4,934; females: 6,413), who completed the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) from 2010 to 2012 were used to investigate ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Thu, 11 Jan 2018 23:00 UTC

Experimental device could help ease tinnitus symptoms by targeting unruly nerve activity in the brain

Millions of Americans hear ringing in their ears -- a condition called tinnitus -- but a new study shows an experimental device could help quiet the phantom sounds by targeting unruly nerve activity in the brain.

Source: News-Medical.Net
Published: Sat, 06 Jan 2018 01:47 UTC

Scientists develop promising new approach to tinnitus treatment

An experimental device that delivers precisely timed signals to target nerve activity in the brain could help ease the symptoms of tinnitus.

Source: News-Medical.Net
Published: Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:35 UTC

Specially timed signals ease tinnitus symptoms in first test aimed at the condition’s root cause

Millions of Americans hear ringing in their ears -- a condition called tinnitus -- but a new study shows an experimental device could help quiet the phantom sounds by targeting unruly nerve activity in the brain. Results of the first animal tests and clinical trial of the approach resulted in a decrease in tinnitus loudness and improvement in tinnitus-related quality of life.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Wed, 03 Jan 2018 19:50 UTC

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy found to be effective in reducing tinnitus severity

A randomized controlled trial published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics discloses the effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as a treatment for chronic tinnitus.

Source: News-Medical.Net
Published: Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:15 UTC

Comparisons of auditory brainstem response and sound level tolerance in tinnitus ears and non-tinnitus ears in unilateral tinnitus patients with normal audiograms

by Hyun Joon Shim, Yong-Hwi An, Dong Hyun Kim, Ji Eun Yoon, Ji Hyang Yoon
Objective Recently, “hidden hearing loss” with cochlear synaptopathy has been suggested as a potential pathophysiology of tinnitus in individuals with a normal hearing threshold. Several studies have demonstrated that subjects with tinnitus and normal audiograms show significantly reduced auditory brainstem response (ABR) wave I amplitudes compared with control subjects, but normal wave V amplitudes, suggesting increased ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 23:00 UTC

New treatments may soon transform lives of people with hearing loss

Charity Action on Hearing Loss has released its latest update on the progress that it is making to accelerate the development of technology and treatments for people living with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss.

Source: News-Medical.Net
Published: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:27 UTC

Objective measurement of subjective tinnitus using the acoustic change complex

by Ji-Hye Han, Joong Yeon Won, Sung Kwang Hong, Ja Hee Kim, Eun Soo Kim, Hyung-Jong Kim, Hyo-Jeong Lee
At present, there is no objective method for diagnosing subjective sensorineural tinnitus. Recently, the acoustic change complex (ACC) has been used to evaluate neural detection of sounds. Thus, the present study aimed to examine whether the ACC can reflect cortical detection and discrimination of sounds matched with tinnitus frequencies. We hypothesized that the ACC to change stimuli matched ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Mon, 27 Nov 2017 23:00 UTC

Study shows potential of neurofeedback in tinnitus treatment

A study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) suggests that neurofeedback training has the potential to lessen the severity of tinnitus or even eliminate it.

Source: News-Medical.Net
Published: Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:09 UTC

Neurofeedback shows promise in treating tinnitus

Researchers using functional MRI (fMRI) have found that neurofeedback training has the potential to reduce the severity of tinnitus or even eliminate it, according to a new study.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:11 UTC

Characteristics of somatic tinnitus patients with and without hyperacusis

by Massimo Ralli, Richard J. Salvi, Antonio Greco, Rosaria Turchetta, Armando De Virgilio, Giancarlo Altissimi, Giuseppe Attanasio, Giancarlo Cianfrone, Marco de Vincentiis
Objective Determine if somatic tinnitus patients with hyperacusis have different characteristics from those without hyperacusis.
Patients and methods 172 somatic tinnitus patients with (n = 82) and without (n = 90) hyperacusis referred to the Tinnitus Unit of Sapienza University of Rome between June 2012 and June 2016 were ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:00 UTC

Cardiac and renal dysfunction is associated with progressive hearing loss in patients with Fabry disease

by Maria Köping, Wafaa Shehata-Dieler, Mario Cebulla, Kristen Rak, Daniel Oder, Jonas Müntze, Peter Nordbeck, Christoph Wanner, Rudolf Hagen, Sebastian Schraven
Background Fabry disease (FD) is an X-linked recessive hereditary lysosomal storage disorder which results in the accumulation of globotriaosylceramid (Gb3) in tissues of kidney and heart as well as central and peripheral nervous system.Besides prominent renal and cardiac organ involvement, cochlear symptoms like high-frequency hearing loss ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:00 UTC

The association between tinnitus and the risk of ischemic cerebrovascular disease in young and middle-aged patients: A secondary case-control analysis of a nationwide, population-based health claims database

by Yung-Sung Huang, Malcolm Koo, Jin-Cherng Chen, Juen-Haur Hwang
Background Tinnitus and ischemic cerebrovascular disease (ICVD) may share common pathophysiologic mechanisms. Nevertheless, no studies have investigated whether tinnitus is associated with a higher risk of ICVD. The aim of this study was to evaluate the risk of ICVD among young and middle-aged patients with tinnitus.
Methods Using the Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Research Database, we identified 3,474 patients 20–45 years ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Thu, 02 Nov 2017 22:00 UTC

Episode 5 - Managing Meniere’s Disease and Tinnitus

Our 5th podcast features Glenn Schweitzer, a best-selling author and blogger on tinnitus and Meniere’s disease. Schweitzer was a college student when the sudden onset of Meniere’s disease destroyed his vision of having a productive life. He shares how this life-altering disease aggravated his tinnitus and necessitated a radical change in lifestyle, focus, and commitment to helping others with both conditions. Listeners will hear his story and what motivated him to become an advocate for greater awareness ...

Source: American Tinnitus Association
Published: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:07 UTC

Brain-training could help elderly people increase their understanding of words in noisy situations

For many people with hearing challenges, trying to follow a conversation in a crowded restaurant or other noisy venue is a major struggle, even with hearing aids. Now, Mass. Eye and Ear researchers reporting in Current Biology on October 19th have some good news: time spent playing a specially designed, brain-training audiogame could help.

Source: News-Medical.Net
Published: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:42 UTC

Increased medial olivocochlear reflex strength in normal-hearing, noise-exposed humans

by Ishan Bhatt
Research suggests that college-aged adults are vulnerable to tinnitus and hearing loss due to exposure to traumatic levels of noise on a regular basis. Recent human studies have associated exposure to high noise exposure background (NEB, i.e., routine noise exposure) with the reduced cochlear output and impaired speech processing ability in subjects with clinically normal hearing sensitivity. While the relationship between NEB and the functions of the auditory afferent neurons are ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Fri, 08 Sep 2017 23:00 UTC

Clinical characteristics of patients with tinnitus evaluated with the Tinnitus Sample Case History Questionnaire in Japan: A case series

by Takashi Kojima, Sho Kanzaki, Naoki Oishi, Kaoru Ogawa
Background The Tinnitus Sample Case History Questionnaire was determined as a standardized questionnaire for obtaining patient case histories and for characterizing patients into subgroups at the Tinnitus Research Initiative in 2006. In this study, we developed a Japanese version of this questionnaire for evaluating the clinical characteristics of patients with tinnitus. The Japanese version of the questionnaire will be available for ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 23:00 UTC

Ringing in ears keeps brain more at attention, less at rest, study finds

Tinnitus, a chronic ringing or buzzing in the ears, has eluded medical treatment and scientific understanding. A new study found that chronic tinnitus is associated with changes in certain networks in the brain, and furthermore, those changes cause the brain to stay more at attention and less at rest. The finding provides patients with validation of their experiences and hope for future treatment options.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:49 UTC

Serotonin may worsen tinnitus

Millions of people suffer from the constant sensation of ringing or buzzing in the ears known as tinnitus, creating constant irritation for some and severe anxiety for others. Research shows why a common antidepressant medication may worsen the condition.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:39 UTC

Increased risk of tinnitus in patients with chronic kidney disease: A nationwide, population-based cohort study

by Cheng-Ping Shih, Hung-Che Lin, Chi-Hsiang Chung, Po-Jen Hsiao, Chih-Hung Wang, Jih-Chin Lee, Wu-Chien Chien
Tinnitus mostly results from central and peripheral auditory pathology. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major risk factor for cerebrovascular disease. However, no studies have evaluated the association between tinnitus and CKD. The aim of this study is to investigate the risk of tinnitus in patients with CKD. This retrospective cohort study was conducted using Taiwan National Health ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:00 UTC

Episode 4 Ringing Ears and the Neuroscience of Tinnitus

Our 4th podcast features Dr. Larry Roberts, an emeritus professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. Roberts discusses cutting-edge research in neuroscience that points to understanding possible causes of tinnitus, including cochlear pathology, hidden hearing loss at high frequencies, and synaptopathy. He also shares compelling findings on teenagers with tinnitus that suggest links to hyperacusis. Thoughts are shared on how recent research, in such areas as transcranial magnetic stimulation ...

Source: American Tinnitus Association
Published: Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:55 UTC

Discrepancy between self-assessed hearing status and measured audiometric evaluation

by So Young Kim, Hyung-Jong Kim, Min-Su Kim, Bumjung Park, Jin-Hwan Kim, Hyo Geun Choi
Objective The purpose of this study was to examine the difference between self-reported hearing status and hearing impairment assessed using conventional audiometry. The associated factors were examined when a concordance between self-reported hearing and audiometric measures was lacking.
Methods In total, 19,642 individuals =20 years of age who participated in the Korea National Health and Nutrition ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:00 UTC

A network-based method using a random walk with restart algorithm and screening tests to identify novel genes associated with Menière's disease

by Lin Li, YanShu Wang, Lifeng An, XiangYin Kong, Tao Huang
As a chronic illness derived from hair cells of the inner ear, Menière’s disease (MD) negatively influences the quality of life of individuals and leads to a number of symptoms, such as dizziness, temporary hearing loss, and tinnitus. The complete identification of novel genes related to MD would help elucidate its underlying pathological mechanisms and improve its diagnosis and treatment. In this study, a network-based method was ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Mon, 07 Aug 2017 23:00 UTC

Tinnitus alters resting state functional connectivity (RSFC) in human auditory and non-auditory brain regions as measured by functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)

by Juan San Juan, Xiao-Su Hu, Mohamad Issa, Silvia Bisconti, Ioulia Kovelman, Paul Kileny, Gregory Basura
Tinnitus, or phantom sound perception, leads to increased spontaneous neural firing rates and enhanced synchrony in central auditory circuits in animal models. These putative physiologic correlates of tinnitus to date have not been well translated in the brain of the human tinnitus sufferer. Using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) we recently showed that tinnitus in humans leads to ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:00 UTC

Episode 3 - Neuromodulation to Suppress Tinnitus

Conversations in Tinnitus with Dr. Jinsheng Zhang.
Our third podcast features Dr. Jinsheng Zhang, professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Wayne State University and current chair of the ATA’s Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Zhang discusses his ongoing research into neuromodulation, which attempts to change through electrical and chemical modulation the abnormal firing pattern associated with tinnitus. It is hoped that this mechanism will suppress tinnitus for prolonged periods. ...

Source: American Tinnitus Association
Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:48 UTC

Episode 2 - Training Clinicians in Tinnitus Care

Listen to Training Clinicians in Tinnitus Care – ATA’s second “Conversations in Tinnitus” podcast – that discusses the ongoing drive to educate audiologists and other health-care professionals in tinnitus treatment options, past and present research, and the importance of professional networking. Dr. Richard Tyler, our featured guest, also touches on his past research, obstacles to care, and his upcoming “Management of the Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Patient” conference at the University of Iowa, which ...

Source: American Tinnitus Association
Published: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:36 UTC

Episode 1 - The Journey of Tinnitus

Our first guest is Dr. David Baguley, world reknown audiologist and professor of hearing science at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Dr. Baguley is co-author of the recent book, “Living with Tinnitus.” He discusses the journey of a person with tinnitus from the moment they first hear troublesome tinnitus. The podcast also touches on current research and hope for future advancement in the search for a cure for tinnitus. 
  Listen online by clicking play on the player below or by ...

Source: American Tinnitus Association
Published: Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:35 UTC

Computer-based cognitive training program may help patients with severe tinnitus

Researchers evaluated the effect of a cognitive training program on tinnitus, and report positive results.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:46 UTC

When silencing phantom noises is a matter of science

New study in mice proposes the first gene that could help prevent tinnitus, that ringing in the ears inside one's head when no external sound is present. This discovery is a first step to identify the molecules that could be targeted in treatments to silence the phantom noises, and help thousands of people.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:28 UTC

Prevalence, severity of tinnitus in the US

Approximately one in 10 adults in the US have tinnitus, and durations of occupational and leisure time noise exposures are correlated with rates of tinnitus and are likely targetable risk factors, according to a study.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:28 UTC

Today's teenagers could become prematurely hearing-impaired, study warns

According a recent study, teenagers are increasingly experiencing tinnitus, often a symptom of hearing loss, as a result of using ear buds to listen to music for long periods every day, as well as frequenting very noisy places like nightclubs, discos and rock concerts. The researchers observed that most of the teenagers who took part in the study reported risky listening habits, and those who reported experiencing tinnitus displayed less tolerance of loud sounds.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:16 UTC

Evidence of hearing damage in teens prompts researchers' warning

New research into the ringing-ear condition known as tinnitus indicates an alarming level of early, permanent hearing damage in young people who are exposed to loud music, prompting a warning from a leading researcher in the field.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Mon, 06 Jun 2016 10:17 UTC

Emotion processing in brain changes with tinnitus severity

People with tinnitus who are less bothered by their symptoms use different brain regions when processing emotional information, new research indicates. Tinnitus, otherwise known as ringing in the ears, affects nearly one-third of adults over age 65.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:00 UTC

Ringing in the ears and chronic pain enter by the same gate

Tinnitus and chronic pain have more in common than their ability to afflict millions with the very real experience of 'phantom' sensations. Homing in on their structural and functional bases in the brain, researchers have identified a central gatekeeping system implicated in both disorders.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:41 UTC

Magnetic pulses to the brain deliver long-lasting relief for tinnitus patients

In the largest US clinical trial of its kind researchers found that transcranial magnetic stimulation significantly improved tinnitus symptoms for more than half of study participants.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:41 UTC

Quiet that ringing in the brain

Epilepsy and tinnitus are both caused by overly excitable nerve cells. Healthy nerves have a built-in system that slams on the brakes when they get too excited. The 'brakes' are actually potassium channels that regulate nerve signals. A new drug may treat both conditions by selectively opening potassium channels in the brain.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:03 UTC

Breakthrough in tinnitus research could lead to testable model

A major breakthrough has been made that provides new insights into how tinnitus, and the often co-occurring hyperacusis, might develop and be sustained. Tinnitus is largely a mystery, a phantom sound heard in the absence of actual sound. Tinnitus patients "hear" ringing, buzzing or hissing in their ears much like an amputee might "feel" pain in a missing limb. It is a symptom, not a disease, and though exposure to loud noise may cause it, some cases have no apparent trigger.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Tue, 12 May 2015 17:27 UTC

In search of tinnitus, that phantom ringing in the ears

About one in five people experience tinnitus, the perception of a sound -- often described as ringing -- that isn't really there. Now, researchers have taken advantage of a rare opportunity to record directly from the brain of a person with tinnitus in order to find the brain networks responsible.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:59 UTC

A bodyguard for your ears: Scientists discover novel pain sensors in inner ear that warn of dangerously loud noise

Our hearing has a secret bodyguard, a newly discovered connection from the cochlea to the brain that warns of intense incoming noise that causes tissue damage and hearing loss. Scientists believe it's the ear's novel pain system designed to protect it from dangerous noise. Because the ear doesn't have the nerve cells that normally detect pain, it needs its own alert system. The findings could usher new treatments for painful hearing conditions like tinnitus and hyperacusis.

Source: ScienceDaily
Published: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:31 UTC