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TinnitusA condition that often accompanies hearing loss is tinnitus, which is a “phantom noise”. The intensity can vary from mild to overwhelming; the sound can be intermittent or continuous, musical or irritating, pure tone or a cacophony of noise.

March 2013 – Neuromonics Introduces Device for Mild to Moderate Tinnitus

March 2013 – University start-up spearheads tinnitus breakthrough

March 2013 – 5 Common Tinnitus Myths

February 2013 – Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Respite from Tinnitus

January 2013 – Longterm Tinnitus Suppression Hearing Aid Shows Benefit

January 2013 – Starkey introduces tinnitus treatment and wireless products

January 2013 – Overactive neurons can cause tinnitus

December 2012 – Combination treatments for tinnitus give better results

November 2012 – Tips for Tinnitus Sufferers Get Inside the Brain

November 2012 – Nine out of ten Belgian students experience tinnitus

October 2012 – Tips for Tinnitus Sufferers

September 2012 – Is Magnetic Therapy Effective for Tinnitus

September 2012 – Preventing noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus in soldiers

August 2012 – Phase 2 Study of Tinnitus Treatment AM-101 Underway

July 2012 – Elite Hearing Network Designates Neuromonics for Tinnitus Treatment

June 2012 – Study Reveals Tinnitus Treatment is Safe and Effective

June 2012 – Musicians, Music Lovers, Military Maintain Greatest Risk for Tinnitus

May 2012 – UK Researchers Identify Key Cellular Mechanisms for Onset of Tinnitus

May 2012 – National Tinnitus Awareness Week is May 13-19, 2012

May 2012 – Internet-Based Self-Help Tinnitus Training Effective

April 2012 – Neuromonics Offers 8 Tips on Dealing With Tinnitus Diagnosis

April 2012 – Study to Test New Tinnitus ‘Treatment

April 2012 – Insomnia Takes Toll on Tinnitus Patients

April 2012 – Neuromonics Clinical Summary Details Results of Effective Tinnitus Treatment

March 2012 – Internet-based therapy relieves persistent tinnitus

March 2012 – Better Hearing Institute Releases “Your Guide to Tinnitus”

March 2012 – Implants Can Improve Tinnitus, but Most Offer No Quick Fixes

February 2012 – New evidence touch-sensing nerve cells may fuel tinnitus

January 2012 – First Pharmaceutical Cure for Tinnitus Reportedly Launched in India

November 2011 – The Prevalence of Tinnitus in the United States and the Self-reported Efficacy of Various Treatments

October 2011 – Auris Medical Reports Positive Results for Tinnitus Treatment

October 2011 – A Clinician’s Experience with Using Fractal Music for Tinnitus Management

September 2011 – Otonomy Study Shows Promise in Treatment of Meniere’s Disease

Sept 2011 – Advances in Treating Tinnitus Presented at UB Conference

Sept 2011 – Tinnitus discovery could lead to new ways to stop the ringing

Aug 2011 – NPR Apologizes for Broadcasting Tinnitus Tone During Story About Tinnitus

Aug 2011 – Potential Tinnitus Drug Highlighted at “The Neuroscience of Tinnitus” Conference

July 2011 – Neuromonics Reports Relief for Veterans Suffering from Tinnitus

July 2011 – Tinnitus: Why Won’t My Ears Stop Ringing?

June 2011 – HLAA Convention: Tinnitus – Current Neuroscience Research and Theories

June 2011 – Hearing aid amplification and tinnitus: 2011 overview

June 2011 – Researchers win grant from the National Science Foundation to target tinnitus

May 2011 – Can supplements or herbal remedies treat tinnitus?

May 2011 – Tinnitus Treatments: Getting Closer to New Drug Therapies

April 2011 – SoundCure Secures Funding For New Sound-Based Tinnitus Treatment

April 2011 – So Far, Magnet Therapy Is Not Effective as Tinnitus Treatment

April 2011 – Tinnitus Caused by Too Little Inhibition of Brain Auditory Circuits

March 2011 – Tinnitus: Is This What Happens When the Brain’s Gatekeeper Breaks Down

February 2011 – Auris Medical completes enrolment in tinnitus treatment trial

February 2011 – The Brain Playing Tricks: An update on the origins of tinnitus

January 2011 – Double Blind Study Shows Promise for Neramexane to Treat Tinnitus

January 2011 – Rebooting the Brain Helps Stop the Ring of Tinnitus in Rats

January 2011 – ‘White-Noise’ Therapy Alone Not Enough to Curb Tinnitus

January 2011 – Nerve Stimulation Highly Effective in Battling Tinnitus, Nature Study Reports

January 2011 – GUMC researcher says tinnitus is much more than a ‘hearing problem’

January 2011 – Phase I/II clinical trial with AM-101 showing good safety in treatment of acute inner ear tinnitus

December 2010 – An overview of common procedures for the management of tinnitus patients

November 2010 – Researchers uncover the origins of tinnitus

October 2010 – Tinnitus in the Elderly Is Prevalent and Impacts Quality of Life

October 2010 – Study Demonstrates Pine Bark Naturally Improves Tinnitus

October 2010 – Study Shows Customized Audio Stimulation Reduces Tinnitus Disturbance

September 2010 – NIH Grant Supports Search for Tinnitus Cure

September 2010 – Prolonged mobile phone use may be linked to tinnitus

September 2010 – Effectiveness of Tinnitus Hearing Aids and Counseling

August 2010 – Temporary Hearing Loss May Result in Permanent Tinnitus

July 2010 – Imaging Reveals How Brain Fails to Tune Out Phantom Sounds of Tinnitus

February 2010 – Study Suggests Tinnitus is Not Highly Inherited

January 2010 – Study casts doubt on caffeine link to tinnitus

December 2009 – NIDCD Set to Fund Tinnitus Research

December 2009 – Tinnitus Treatment for Military Target of Study

November 2009 – More action is needed to support millions of tinnitus sufferers worldwide

October 2009 – Philadelphia Hospital Offers Noninvasive Tinnitus Treatment

October 2009 – The New Buzz on Detecting Tinnitus

June 2009 – SoundCure to Market Tinnitus Therapy Developed at UC Irvine

April 2009 – New Data On Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment Presented

January 2009 – Hearing aids offer hope for people who suffer from tinnitus

December 2008 – Neuromonics Awarded $1 Million For Military Tinnitus Study

November 2008 – Neuromonics Announces Publication of Private Practice Tinnitus Treatment Study

September 2008 – Tinnitus in a computer model

August 2008 – Is It Tinnitus?

August 2008 – Auris Medical reporting results of tinnitus drug phase I/II clinical trial

August 2008 – HearingMed Conducts Clinical Trial for New Laser Tinnitus Therapy

July 2008 – UAMS Study Shows Potential to Greatly Diminish Ringing in the Ears

June 2008 – Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment Study Published in ENT Journal

April 2008 – Clear Products offers product for tinnitus relief

January 2008 – Auris Medical Conducting Clinical Trials on Tinnitus Treatment

November 2007 – Cells in Developing Ear May Explain Tinnitus

October 2007 – Searching For The Brain Center Responsible For Tinnitus

September 2007 – Neuromonics Launches First U.S. Clinical Study to Assess Long-Term Tinnitus Treatment

August 2007 – Tinnitus Help Hard to Find

June 2007 – Basque Research Announces Successful Tinnitus Treatment

February 2007 – Low-pitch treatment alleviates ringing sound of tinnitus

February 2007 – Auris Medical Initiating Clinical Trial with Tinnitus Drug

January 2007 – Psychotherapy Quiets Concerns Over Ringing in the Ears

December 2006 – Clinical Factors of Tinnitus Influence Perceived Loudness and Annoyance

October 2006 – ATA Promotes More Research to Benefit Veterans with Tinnitus

May 2006 – New treatment for people with tinnitus!

May 2006 – How to treat tinnitus

May 2006 – You can manage but not cure tinnitus

March 2003 – Laine Waggoner just put together a great tinnitus update, and she has generously shared it with us.

March 2006 – A recent study concludes that people with chronic, moderate TINNITUS don’t perform as well on some tests of cognitive function as people without tinnitus. Here’s the report.

March 2006 – Twelve million seek medical help for tinnitus

March 2006 – Tinnitus may interfere with tough mental tasks

December 2004 – Is Botox the latest miracle cure for tinnitus?

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Respite from Tinnitus

February 2013

Tinnitus can have devastating consequences for many people, and it currently has no cure. While patients react differently to this ringing in their ears, the effects of tinnitus can disturb their work and social lives. Unfortunately, many clinicians worldwide have been slow to familiarize themselves with the rehabilitation therapies that have been developed. A range of psychotherapeutic approaches are already available to tinnitus patients, with more to come. Many of the therapies share similar properties, using behavior modification techniques to teach patients new ways of reacting, and helping them to think differently about their condition. (See a review in Tyler RS, ed. TINNITUS TREATMENT: Clinical Protocols. New York: Thieme, 2006.) We have successfully used a picture-based approach that focuses on individual needs and the four primary areas affected by tinnitus: thoughts and emotions, hearing, sleep, and concentration (Prog Brain Res 2007;166:425). Various cognitive behavior therapies have been applied in the treatment of the condition (see FastLinks), and a very elegantly structured guide was published to aid clinicians of different professional backgrounds (Henry JL, Wilson PH. The Psychological Management of Chronic Tinnitus: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2000).  Full Story

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Longterm Tinnitus Suppression Hearing Aid Shows Benefit

January 2013

A study recently published in the online journal PLOS ONE shows that among 74 subjects fitted with a linear octave frequency transposition (LOFT) hearing aid, 60 (81%) reported partial or complete TINNITUS suppression during the day and night. Over the course of the 3-year period, the authors report that the effects continue after several months or years of daily use. Of the total 74 subject fitted, the authors obtained quantified measures of tinnitus suppression from 38 through visual analog scaling and several additional psychoacoustic and audiometric measures. For these subjects, the long-term suppression appears to be independent of age, duration of therapy, and subjective localization of tinnitus. A small but significant correlation was found with audiogram losses, but not with high frequency loss slope.  Full Story

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Internet-Based Self-Help Tinnitus Training Effective

May 2012

Those suffering from nagging tinnitus can benefit from internet-based therapy just as much as patients who take part in group therapy sessions. These are the findings of a German-Swedish study in which patients with moderate to severe tinnitus tried out various forms of therapy over a ten-week period. The outcome of both the internet-based therapy and group therapy sessions was significantly better than that of a control group that only participated in an online discussion forum and thus demonstrated both the former to be effective methods of managing the symptoms of irritating ringing in the ears. The study was conducted by the Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy division of the Institute of Psychology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Learning at Linköping University in Sweden. Full Story

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Better Hearing Institute Releases “Your Guide to Tinnitus”

March 2012

The Better Hearing Institute has released “Your Guide to TINNITUS“, which offers the latest information on the condition, causes, types, and methods for dealing with it. Although there is no cure, there are a number of things you can do to reduce its impact on your live.  Full Story

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Implants Can Improve Tinnitus, but Most Offer No Quick Fixes

March 2012

A true “cure” for the most common etiologies of tinnitus remains elusive, but most patients are helped by one of several management strategies. Hearing aids or ear-level sound generators, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and programs such as progressive tinnitus management make a real difference for patients, but implantable devices also can improve patients’ hearing or reduce their perception of tinnitus. Ten to 15 percent of adults experience persistent tinnitus, and approximately 20 percent in that group consider it to be a clinically significant problem. The list of causes is long – exposure to loud sounds, infections, hearing loss, cardiovascular or metabolic disorders, neoplasms, head trauma, or medications such as quinine, salicylates, or loop diuretics – but tinnitus usually results from damage to peripheral auditory structures that also results in hearing loss.  Full Story

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First Pharmaceutical Cure for Tinnitus Reportedly Launched in India

January 2012

Lincoln Pharmaceuticals announced that it has introduced the first injection pharmaceutical cure for tinnitus in India. Using the brand name Tinnex, the injection utilizes the Caroverine molecule, which was developed by Lincoln Pharma under a licensing arrangement and technical collaboration with Phafag AG, Switzerland. According to the company, cochlear synaptic tinnitus is the most COMMON CAUSE OF TINNITUS and is due to disturbed interplay of receptors on the postsynaptic membrane between inner hair cells and dendrites. Disturbed interplay creates a state of spontaneous depolarization, causing patients to continuously hear a sound.  Full Story

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The Prevalence of Tinnitus in the United States and the Self-reported Efficacy of Various Treatments

November 2011

A number of estimates have been provided on the prevalence of TINNITUS in the United States. Davis and El Refiae estimated that 10% to 15% of the US population experiences chronic or persistent tinnitus (eg, ringing in the ears or internal head noises). About half of the people with tinnitus are bothered by it, and it is reported that about 1% indicate that tinnitus substantially affects their lives. A recent self-report survey using the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) database on more than 14,000 subjects estimated that 50 million US adults reported having any tinnitus and 16 million reported frequent tinnitus in the past year. Tinnitus was shown to increase with age, peaking at 14.3% of people ages 60 to 69 years. In addition, it was most prevalent among people with low-to-mid or high frequency hearing loss. Other authors indicate that chronic tinnitus affects 42 million Americans and is considered “clinically significant” in 10 million adults. It should be acknowledged that differences in the specific questions asked in these surveys likely account for much of the variability in numbers.  Full Story

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A Clinician’s Experience with Using Fractal Music for Tinnitus Management

October 2011

A fractal-based musical chime (Zen) was introduced by Widex as a sound therapy tool for tinnitus management in 2008. Since then, this clinic has used Zen for hearing-impaired patients who also reported tinnitus. While the success rate with the use of this tool is very high (over 90%), it is used in combination with counseling, education, and behavioral change. In this report, the successes and failures in using Zen for tinnitus patients are shared. Highlights of the protocol adopted at this clinic and cases where a judgment of Zen success/failure is not as straightforward will be provided.   Full Story

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Tinnitus: Why Won’t My Ears Stop Ringing?

July 2011

Ringing in the ears, or TINNITUS, can be so annoying that a person with it can’t sleep, think or work. It’s a common problem for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. But tinnitus can also start for no apparent reason. That’s what happened to Mark Church. He went to the dentist for a routine visit 11 years ago, and soon after had an annoying buzzing sound in his ears. The doctor said he had tinnitus. ” ‘Is there a pill or something you can give me?’ ” Church asked. “He said, ‘No, you don’t do anything for it. And I go, ‘Well, when is it going to stop?’ He says, ‘It’s not going to stop.’ ”  Full story

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NPR Apologizes for Broadcasting Tinnitus Tone During Story About Tinnitus

July 2011

National Public Radio’s (NPR’s) ombudsman, Edward Schumacher-Matos, wrote an apology to listeners heard a simulated tinnitus sound during a story about the potential CAUSES OF TINNITUS. Schumacher-Matos and an NPR science editor agree that they should have warned listeners before broadcasting the sound. On July 17, 2011, an NPR segment on Morning Edition, titled: “Tinnitus: Why Won’t My Ears Stop Ringing?” featured a high-pitched tone that is reported to imitate ringing in the ears. After the program aired, NPR received dozens of complaints from those who suffer from tinnitus, as well as complaints from those who do not suffer from tinnitus. The listeners wrote that NPR’s broadcast of the sound without warning had exacerbated their condition and that they subsequently heard a ringing in their ears for a long period after the broadcast. Some commented that they had never experienced the ringing before hearing the broadcast.   Full Story

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Hearing aid amplification and tinnitus: 2011 overview

June 2011

Some 50 million people in the United States have TINNITUS.  Although no one knows the exact numbers, Henry, Dennis, and Schechter suggest perhaps ten to twenty percent of tinnitus patients manifest a “clinically significant condition,” and the average tinnitus patient waits more than six years between tinnitus onset and seeking relief. Tinnitus is associated with virtually every otologic disorder and the majority of tinnitus patients have sensorineural hearing loss.  Full Story

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Can supplements or herbal remedies treat tinnitus?

May 2011

Over the past several years, there have been a number of herbal remedies claiming to lessen the effects of tinnitus aRINGING OR BUZZING IN THE EARS that has no external sound source. According to some estimates, one in five people experiences tinnitus. As a clinical and research audiologist, I reviewed the scientific literature on herbal treatments in 2004 and was unable to substantiate that any of the product manufacturers’ claims were backed by U.S.evidence-based research. As a former human studies researcher in the area of tinnitus during the 1980s, I’ve remained interested in this subject matter, andI recently re-examined the literature about supplements and their effects on tinnitus.   Full Story

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So Far, Magnet Therapy Is Not Effective as Tinnitus Treatment

April 2011

A double blind study that utilized magnetic stimulation to treat tinnitus did not show improvements compared to placebo, but further research is needed. The Washington University study was published in the March Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA archive journals. The study “Low-Frequency Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to the Temporoparietal Junction for Tinnitus” by Piccirillo, et al was designed to evaluate delivering magnetic pulses to the brain to treat patients with severe tinnitus. The researchers used low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), as well as a sham version of the treatment.   Full Story

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The Brain Playing Tricks: An update on the origins of tinnitus

February 2011

TINNITUS is what people experience when they hear a sound that has no external source. Roughly 10 to 20 percent of the U.S. population hears what is described as a ringing, buzzing, or humming. Its benign “acute” form lasts only a few seconds, a few minutes, or rarely a few days or weeks. In its chronic form–which between 0.5 and 1 percent of Americans experience–it lasts months or years. It often worsens during periods of stress, becoming most noticeable in quiet settings such as when trying to fall asleep. Chronic sufferers can feel depression, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide. Tinnitus can result from excessive noise exposure, head injury, and ear infection. It also frequently occurs with aging. To treat the condition, doctors often recommend “masking,” using a sound-producing instrument to cover up the tinnitus. Hearing aids can also mask, since the amplification of external sounds can decrease the effect of tinnitus. Drug therapy or psychotherapy to treat depression and anxiety reduces the emotional effects. Counseling, education, and sound therapy are combined in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. Full Story

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Double Blind Study Shows Promise for Neramexane to Treat Tinnitus

January 2011

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of neramexane in patients with moderate to severe subjective tinnitus, the drug shows promising results with a dose of 50 mg/d and 75 mg/d. Neramexane is a new substance that exhibits antagonistic properties at both the 9/10 nicotinergic and the N methyl-D aspartate receptor, suggesting potential efficacy in the TREATMENT OF TINNITUS. The study involved a total of 431 outpatients with moderate to severe subjective tinnitus (onset 3-18 months before screening). Subjects were assigned randomly to receive either placebo or neramexane mesylate (25 mg/day, 50 mg/day and 75 mg/day) for 16 weeks, with assessment at four-week intervals.  Full Story